Originally posted 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?

 


GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Glenn Robinson III dunks over three people to win Slam Dunk Contest

Kevin Durant booed at All-Star introductions in New Orleans

Charles Oakley joins Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league

Report: Kirk Cousins does not want to be with Redskins

Hall of Famer Goose Gossage says it’s ‘insulting’ to be compared to Mariano Rivera

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

12-year MLB veteran Nick Swisher announces retirement

Report: Chiefs, Broncos among teams that interest Tony Romo

Report: Pistons, Magic have discussed Reggie Jackson trade

Andrew McCutchen Googled himself to keep up on trade talk

RB Trent Richardson arrested on domestic violence charge

Anthony Davis to be ‘very involved’ in efforts to re-sign Jrue Holiday

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Best of Yardbarker: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

Box Score 2/17: Happy birthday, Michael Jordan (and welcome to 1000 point club, Sid!)

The 'Michael Jordan might still win the Dunk contest if he entered' quiz

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Box Score 2/16: Getting ready for the ASG

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of YB: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Who will break these NBA All-Star Game records?

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker