With the 25th pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Jared Morgan selected for the Denver Broncos, who earned the No. 25 overall pick by finishing the season with an 8-8 overall record, which was good enough to win the AFC West. In the playoffs, they upset the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime before being eliminated by the Patriots.
With the No. 25 pick in the Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos Select...
Devon Still, DE, Penn State
In a draft filled with Defensive Tackle prospects, the Broncos made sure to fill other needs during FA (CB Tracy Porter and S Mike Adams). Devon Still will step right into a Broncos defense that is great off the edge, but lacking up the middle. Still has great size and strength up front that resulted in 17 TFL and 3.5 sacks last season for the Nittany Lions. His quick first step, good pad level, and effective technique allow him to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He is strongest against the run, but can collapse the pocket from the inside, causing headaches for opposing quarterbacks, especially with Miller and Dumervil coming off the edge. With those two getting the focus of the OLine, Still will see fewer double-teams allowing him to make a play on the ball-carrier.
With a number of DTs still on the board, the selection of Still over guys like Poe and Worthy came down to production on the field and the ability to step into the starting role Day 1. Poe is more of a 3-4 NT, but with Jack Del Rio running the defense, the switch to the 4-3 would have been difficult on the heavier Poe. Worthy, on the other hand, has the tendency to take plays off and did not impress at the Combine. Still has injury concerns after missing significant time with a torn ACL and broken ankle early in his college career, but since then has put in two great seasons in the Big Ten. Overall, look for a Courtney Brown-type player that will certainly make an impact during his rookie season.
Devon Still Highlights:
Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:
Denver is in desperate need pf a DT after losing run stuffer Broddrick Bunkley to the Saints. Still was hard to evaluate in Penn State's defense but he flashes enough to show he can be an every down DT and one of the best in the draft. Instant starter.
|#||Team||Picked By||Name/Positon of Pick|
|1||Indianapolis||Alex Neyer||Andrew Luck QB|
|2||Washington||David Farrelly||Robert Griffin III QB|
|3||Minnesota||Palewook||Matt Kalil OT|
|4||Cleveland||Jason Garrison||Justin Blackmon WR|
|5||Tampa Bay||Andrew Bernius||Morris Claiborne CB|
|6||St. Louis||Jim0ijk||Quinton Coples DE|
|7||Jacksonville||AK513||Melvin Ingram DE
|8||Miami||Dan Lockhart||Trent Richardson RB
|9||Carolina||Jason Blanton||Luke Kuechly LB|
|10||Buffalo||Casey Penn||Michael Floyd WR|
|11||Kansas City||Kenneth Taylor||David DeCastro OG|
|12||Detroit (projected trade)||Andrew Perrotta||Stephon Gilmore CB|
|13||Arizona||Dan Wolford||Riley Reiff OT|
|14||Dallas||Joshua Foster||Michael Brockers DT|
|15||Philadelphia||Travis Parker||Mark Barron S|
|16||New York Jets||Kenneth Taylor||Courtney Upshaw OLB|
|17||Cincinnati (from Oakland)||Jason Garrison||Dre Kirkpatrick CB|
|18||San Diego||Anthony Knox||Fletcher Cox DE|
|19||Chicago||Steve Whited||Kendall Wright WR|
|20||Tennessee||Jeff Welch||Nick Perry DE|
|21||Cincinnati||Jason Garrison||Cordy Glenn OG|
|22||Cleveland (from Atlanta)||Jason Garrison||Ryan Tannehill QB
|23||Seattle (projected trade)||Jared Egner||Whitney Mercilus DT|
|24||Pittsburgh||Jason Garrison||Dont'a Hightower LB|
|25||Denver||Jared Morgan||Devon Still DE|
|27||New England (from New Orleans)||Anthony Knox|
|28||Green Bay||Travis Castleman|
|31||New England||Anthony Knox|
|32||New York Giants||Matt Leitner|