2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Broncos
Wolfe projects as a possible 3-4 defensive end because of his height and girth. He has a good motor that uses his hands well to establish control and move defenders. Plays with a great pad level which is great for a player of his size.
Comes from a bit of a troubled home life, but seems to have found his way in recent years. His family life aside, the young man has a tremendous future on the football field. He does more things well than most other players. His athleticism and burst coming off the line of scrimmage are average, if that. He's not going to win any awards because of his first step agility or closing speed. What he does well is hold his ground and fight for position along the line. He uses his hands well to disengage. Wolfe's footwork can be improved on; he needs to learn to take shorter, choppy steps.
Wolfe plays with an edge and an attitude every snap. He's not a dirty player by any means, but he's willing to scrap. Against the run, he's tough to misdirect. He can take a block and manipulate a blocker where he doesn't want to go.... [Read More
Projecting where Brock Osweiler will be selected isn't easy this far out from the draft. Demand for elite quarterbacks is extremely high and in the 2011 NFL Draft, four QBs went in the first 12 selections and six were taken by pick No. 36. This could push Osweiler into the first half of the first round or somewhere into the second.
Osweiler is a very tall quarterback with a cannon for an arm. For his size, he moves well outside of the pocket, but has sloppy footwork inside the pocket. He's so tall that his throwing motion feels (or seems) a bit elongated. He'll need to shorten and work on his throwing motion in order to be more consistent with his ball placement.
He's not ready at this time, but a good quarterbacks coach will do this young man wonders. Osweiler's problems are mostly tied to his fundamentals and nerves. He seemed to lack confidence in his receivers at times and didn't consistently stand tall in the pocket throughout his progression. He'll need to sharpen his ability to read defenses pre-snap.
All this said, when things are clicking, Osweiler has a nice touch with the football and great velocity. He's a natural competitor and leader who will grow into the po... [Read More
San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman was a highly-touted recruit who had two very good seasons with the Aztecs. Started 8 games in 2010 and rushed for over 1,500 yards and played all 13 games for SDSU last season and compiled 1,711 yards and 19 touchdowns. Hillman is thick up top and thin through his base. He is an elusive runner that doesn't get many yards after contact.
Hillman has fantastic agility in tight spaces. He can move side to side and cut in and out of his breaks. He ran a 4.45 40 yard dash at the combine and showed good explosion with a 37-inch vertical.
There are some durability concerns. He never missed a ton of time, but gets banged up often. Shows a solid patience to let blocks develop. He can do a better job of taking what each play gives him rather than trying to dance in the hole.
Not a natural pass catcher (which would be helpful given his ability in open spaces). Blocks relatively well and chip blocks consistently when running a route from the backfield.
Hillman isn't a third down back, but he could develop into one over time. For now, he's an undersized first and second down back who can be brought in as a change of pace and spell a team's ... [Read More
Arizona State cornerback Omar Bolden was an impact starter for three years with the Sun Devils. There are injury concerns as he previously tore his ACL back in 2009. With that in mind, he is a formidable player with excellent man coverage skills.
Bolden is talented enough to start almost immediately in the right system. He can play isolated on the outside and shows a great ability to bump and run. He's not quite as good in zone coverage, but he has enough of a burst out of his stance to make plays on the ball. Bolden isn't particularly fast yet, he can change directions very well. He's very strong in his upper half which will help him tremendously against bigger targets.
Rather than relying on instincts, he will peek into the backfield when in off coverage. He'll have to learn he can't do that nearly as much in the NFL. There will be some transition issues since he very rarely played the slot in college. Due to his strength and solid football IQ, he shouldn't have problems becoming a solid pro.... [Read More
Baylor Bears center Philip Blake only began playing football his senior year of high school and he has emerged as a potential late round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Blake has progressed steadily throughout his college career, yet remains an average athlete with a lot to learn about the game. He possesses a big frame and holds his ground very well. Some scouts feel that he still has some ceiling to him because he is still learning the game. Against more nimble interior defenders, Blake struggled at times keeping up, especially late in games. Blake does well to mirror defenders and has solid footwork.
Realistically, Blake is a developmental player who will not be able to contribute early in his career. Teams looking for depth in the later rounds are likely to give him a shot to make their roster, but he does not have the ideal strength to play guard in the NFL. He will need to improve his position versatility in order to earn his keep. If he can slim down through his middle and add more muscle mass, he may be able to establish a career in the NFL.... [Read More