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Draft Preview: Denver Broncos

April 21, 2009

Pick 18: Denver Broncos

Strengths: See below
Weaknesses: See below
The Pick: Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois

Yes, Homerism realizes that he had the Broncos taking a defensive end just six picks ago. Denver’s defense is so putrid that it needs another rusher coming off the edge.
The knock on English is his tweener size. Well, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. English is a scrappy, intense competitor with a quick first step on the outside.
English may seem like a reach at this point, but Homerism saw more Northern Illinois game than I care to remember, and I can attest that he’s a baller. He’s play with the determination of a small school guy who wants to prove himself to the big boys. Players like that deserve a shot.

Draft Preview: Denver Broncos

April 17, 2009
Pick 12: Denver Broncos
Strengths: Wide receivers
Weaknesses: Franchise quarterback jiltee
The Pick: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

New head coach Josh McDaniels may be an offensive wonderkind, but that doesn’t change Denver’s glaring needs on defense. There’s a certain bionic quarterback prospect still sitting on the board, but McDaniels should resist the temptation.

Jackson was a vital cog on LSU’s 2007 national championship team and had a productive career as a defensive end in the SEC, which is always a good sign. He’s not the pass rusher that a player like Brian Orakpo is, but he’s probably the most versatile DE prospect available this year. Jackson actually distinguished himself more as a solid run stopper, with 10.5 tackles for loss in 2008.

As a five-year player who started or saw time in more than 50 games at LSU, Jackson has an abundance of playing experience, which is rare among stud college defensive ends. He won’t wow the fans, but Jackson is a solid pick for the Ponies.