Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 4/19/12

The 2012 NFL Draft is just one week away and barring a trade, the Denver Broncos will be selecting 25th overall in the first round.  Below are five prospects I like for the Broncos, if they fall to No. 25.

1.  Dont’a Hightower (6-2, 265 lbs.), MLB, Alabama (Highlights, Scouting Report).

Notes:   Of the many NFL.com mocks that I have seen, Hightower has often been available when Denver comes on the clock (of course, anything can happen on draft day — so mocks should be taken with a several tablespoons of salt).  If Hightower is still on the board when Denver makes their pick, he would be my selection of choice, followed closely by the prospect listed below.  

2.  Dre Kirkpatrick (6-1, 186 lbs), CB, Alabama (Highlights, Scouting Report).

Notes:  Kirkpatrick is one of my favorite prospects for the Broncos but it seems unlikely that he will fall to Denver on draft day.  If he falls to No. 25, I don’t see him falling any farther.

3.  Jerel Worthy (6-2, 308 lbs.), DT, Michigan State (Highlights, Scouting Report).

Notes:  There’s a consensus among the NFL.com writers (as of April 17th) that Worthy will be the Broncos’ selection at 25th overall.  The pick would make sense as Denver’s defensive tackle position needs to be upgraded and Worthy would provide a solid addition to the Broncos’ defensive line.

4.  Michael Brockers, DT, LSU (Highlights, Scouting Report).

Notes:  Brockers is another defensive tackle option.  Both Brockers and Worthy have explosive ability to break through the line and track down quarterbacks and running backs.

5.  Stephen Hill (6-4, 215 lbs.s), WR, Georgia Tech (Highlights, Scouting Report).

Notes:  You will hear a lot of yakking leading up to the draft about how the Broncos plan on drafting weapons for quarterback Peyton Manning.  Hill potentially could end up being one of those weapons.

Those are my top five players.  Who are your favorite first-round prospects?


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