I gave Denver Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy with the No. 25 pick of our live bloggers mock draft earlier Monday.
At about the same time, Denver football czar John Elway was telling reporters that the Broncos are not necessarily going to take a defensive tackle. It has been widely considered that it will be the team’s first target area. Not so fast, says Elway.
“We don’t feel as bad about our tackles as everybody else does,” Elway said in a pre-daft news conference. “I think that we feel OK there and Ty Warren will be back coming off an injury and (Kevin) Vickerson is coming back and then we have some young guys in there where we feel like we’ll be OK. It’s not nearly the need in our minds that people think it is.”
Still, at some point early in the draft I think Denver will, at least, consider talking a player at the spot. Elway said Denver will take the best player available when they chose and they are wide open at this point.
“We’re going to go in and continue as we get closer if we hear some things about going up or down, we’ll look at everything” Elway said. “We’ll continue to work on our board, set our board, do our mock drafts, see how things might fall. Again, we don’t have a mindset of exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to have to wait and see until we get close to that pick at No. 25 and see how the board falls, we’ll never know. It’s a mindset that we want to find the guy that is going to come in and have an impact when it is offensively or defensively.”