Looking to address a defense that had more gaps than Michael Strahan’s teeth, the Denver Broncos did exactly what everyone expected them to – nail Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller with the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
They followed up on Day Two with back to back shots, snagging UCLA safety Rahim Moore and Miami offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, finishing out with a third round selection of NC State Linebacker Nate Irving, who by the way, is a great candidate for a shampoo endorsement.
Only months into the partnership and John Fox, John Elway and Brian Xanders have triple-handedly shoveled the last pile of dirt on the Josh McDoogle era, giving Bronco fans a glimmer of hope in an otherwise disappointing century of Mile High football.
Believe me, things improving.
Here’s the breakdown through the first Three Rounds for those of you still paying attention –
Von Miller - Texas A&M
Linebacker, 6’3” 246 lbs.
Without question the best pass rusher in the entire draft – guaranteed starter from Day One who also happens to be a high-quality guy in the locker room. Brilliant move - his glasses could make Urkle jealous…
Rahim Moore - UCLA
Safety, 6’0” 202 lbs.
Heir apparent to Brian Dawkins, who can also make an immediate impact in the Broncos secondary. Very athletic, great ball handling skills and with any luck at all may also grab a hair product endorsement.
Orlando Franklin - Miami
Offensive Lineman, 6’6” 316 lbs.
Big, Mean and Nasty… he’s got it all covered. Another impact player who will definitely improve what’s considered to be a very mediocre offensive line. More than likely a good candidate for a Bail Bonds ad….Wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t use deodorant.
Nate Irving – NC State
Linebacker, 6’1” 240 lbs.
Anybody that can come back from a 2009 near-death car crash, with a collapsed lung, broken rib, separated shoulder and a compound fracture in his leg, and then bust it out enough to earn a third round selection in 2011 is OK in my book. Perfect candidate as a Health Insurance Spokesman – could undoubtedly see a lot of playing time along side my new best friend, Von Miller.
All in all – I haven’t been this pumped up since my ex-wife remarried. Toss in a few sleepers from rounds four through seven (the Broncos have five remaining picks at this stage) and we’ve got the makings of something special.
As long as they get around to actually playing…
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