When it comes to his fourth mock draft of the run-up to this year’s selection affair, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has the Denver Broncos making a little history.
The Broncos have done plenty of things through the years with their first-round pick. They’ve run the gamut between nose tackle (Ted Gregory in 1988) to quarterbacks (Tommy Maddox in 1991, Jay Cutler in 2006 and Tim Tebow in 2010).
They’ve taken an eventual Hall of Famer (Floyd Little in 1967) and they have taken a guy they put in a trade for an eventual Hall of Famer (Chris Hinton in 1983).
But the Broncos have never taken a center with their first-round pick. Kiper believes in his latest mock draft that should change when he gives them Florida State center Cameron Erving.
Here’s the rest of Kiper’s latest mock.
Erving has been a fast riser among personnel executives throughout his senior season with the Seminoles, especially down the stretch, and in 2014 pulled the unlikely double of earning all-conference honors at two different positions in the same season.
He moved from left tackle to center during the season -- he played nine games at left tackle, five at center -- and was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference at left tackle by the media as well as the coaches in the conference. He was also named second-team All-ACC center by the media and the third-team All-ACC center by the league’s coaches.
At 6-foot-5 ½, 313 pounds, he has plenty of athleticism. Erving played 13 games at defensive tackle for the Seminoles in 2011 before he was moved to left tackle in 2012.