Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Rookie pass-rushing options for Denver
By Bill Williamson
Expect the Denver Broncos to add a pass-rusher to their list of draft needs.
Elvis Dumervil moved on after the infamous fax-machine fiasco. The team is looking for a replacement, but talks with Dwight Freeney and John Abraham are reportedly not going well. Still, I can see Freeney backing off on big contract demands because he very likely won’t get what he wants.
Assuming then that the Broncos look for a complement to star pass-rusher Von Miller in the early rounds, let’s look at some potential fits:
Tank Carradine, Florida State: He is coming off a major knee injury. He should be available when Denver picks at No. 28. He has great film.
Margus Hunt, SMU: He is raw and will be 26 when the NFL season starts. More likely a second- or third-round prospect. He does have strong pass-rush ability.
Sam Montgomery, LSU: Probably more of a second-round pick. He has a chance to be a complete player.
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M: Moore has been falling down some boards after a poor showing at the NFL combine and in interviews. But he is only 20 and has produced on the field -- so falling to No. 28 might be a stretch. He’d be a great value there and I’m sure he’d love to reunite with Miller.
Alex Okafor, Texas: He might be more of a second-round pick. He has a chance to develop into a good pass-rusher.