Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 11/20/14

LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers looks on at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Two of the Denver Broncos‘ biggest needs heading into the 2012 NFL Draft are widely considered to be defensive tackle and running back, and that’s exactly how one of ESPN’s draft gurus sees the Broncos picking in Rounds One and Two.

Todd McShay’s latest two-round mock draft dropped today, and he has the Broncos selecting LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers in the first round and Virginia Tech running back David Wilson in the second.

25. Denver Broncos – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The interior defensive line is clearly the Broncos’ biggest need, and Brockers could prove to be a steal at this point. He has a big (6-5, 323), well-proportioned frame and better mobility than his production indicates, and, with some coaching and time in the weight room, Brockers could become a force.

BT Analysis: By most accounts, Brockers had a terrible combine, and he only has one season under his belt as a starting defensive lineman (he converted from linebacker). He’s a big boom-or-bust, high-risk, high-reward prospect. But he was considered the top defensive tackle in the draft heading into the heavy draft scouting season, and it’s been said that “few players carry as much potential and upside as Brockers.”

He improved his numbers during his Pro Day, so if this once-Top 10 shoo-in falls to 25, it could prove to be a boon for the DT-light Broncos.

57. Denver Broncos – David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

BT Analysis: Wilson is a hard worker, a former track star, and a record-setting running back at Virginia Tech. Most importantly, though: he’s proven healthy. With Knowshon Moreno battling the injury bug in his early career and Willis McGahee on the wrong side of 30, the Broncos are in need of a young, healthy back. Furthermore, Wison is said to not quite be ready for full-time NFL duty yet, so he’d fit well in the Broncos’ rotation with McGahee and Moreno.

Some rankings project Wilson in the late first round, so if he falls this far into the second, he’d be a steal for the Broncos. In McShay’s mock, CB Trumaine Johnson also fell to this position; need might cause the Broncos to look in this direction instead.

What’s your take on these two draft picks? Would you be satisfied if the Broncos net this DT and RB in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft?


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