Before we go into the pick, another call for everyone to go vote in Jester01's fanpost poll for a SBNation-wide Mock Draft.
On to this poll. Yesterday's results are in, and the majority thought the Panthers would pick Cam Newton, QB out of Auburn. It'd be interesting to see him play against the Bucs twice a year. Some of you were quite adamant that he'll be a bust, but I'm not so sure. If he can't evolve into a real pocket passer I don't think he's going to make it in the NFL, but he does have a lot of tools to make it. There will definitely be a transition period, though, and he's a big risk as well.
With Cam Newton off the board, the Denver Broncos are up now. Hit the jump to see a short bit on each player, then vote in the poll!
QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri: Gabbert is now the top QB in the draft. He's a good runner as well, and probably just as athletic as Cam Newton. But he doesn't have Newton's arm, nor does he have his accolades. He's been accurate, but he struggles on deeper passes. He doesn't have Cam Newton's upside, but he doesn't have his downside either. That's because he's completely clean on and off the field. The Broncos do have Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow at QB, but it's not clear whether they trust either going into the future. And Executive VP of Football Operations John Elway has been saying they're evaluating all options including QB, for whatever that may be worth.
DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama: Dareus is an interesting player, a five-technique 3-4 DE in college, he could play that position and dominate in the NFL or he could play 3-technique or nose tackle as well. He has a quick first step and has a lot of potential as a pass rusher, but his strength is as a run-stopper. The Broncos were horrible on defense last year, especially against the run. They are also moving back to a 4-3 under John Fox, so Dareus would be playing DT for the Broncos. There are some concerns about Dareus' work rate and weight, and he was suspended for two games last season for accepting improper benefits. But overall there's a lot to like about this player.
CB Patrick Peterson, LSU: Quite possibly the best pure talent in the draft. Patrick Peterson is a complete cornerback, physical with outstanding coverage and ball skills. He's probably at his best as a press-man cornerback, though, and that may not fit what the Broncos want to do under new head coach John Fox. Some have also said that he may have to move to safety in the NFL because of his size, but I don't see that and it hasn't stopped his draft buzz. He also fits the Broncos needs as the only player they really have at corner is aging star Champ Bailey.
WR A.J. Green, Georgia: Green is a terrific and complete wide receiver. He's big, fast, has great hands and breaks sharply in his routes. However, he doesn't really fit the Broncos' needs. They have Brandon Lloyd (breakout season in 2010) and Demaryius Thomas (first-round pick limited by injury last season) on the roster. Then again, Thomas will miss part of next season because of injuries. There are some question marks about A.J. Green, too. He was suspended for 4 games in 2010 for selling his bowl shirt, and he scored a 10 on the Wonderlic test, which raised some concerns about his intelligence. Those are the only concerns, though, and Green should definitely be in consideration for the Broncos
DE Von Miller, Texas A&M: Von Miller is a ridiculously good pass rusher who could make an instant impact at the next level. There are no character questions, and he's been a consistent producer. But while his skills as a pass-rusher are unmatched in this draft, it's basically the only thing he really does well. He struggles against the run and he doesn't look good in coverage. He's also undersized and would be a bitter 3-4 OLB than 4-3 DE, which may take him off the board for the Broncos, who also don't have a big need at edge rusher because of Elvis Dumervil. Still, this is one talented player who could come off the board quickly.
DT Nick Fairley, Auburn: Fairely was briefly in consideration for the 1st overall pick after his destructive NCAA National Championship Game against the Oregon Ducks. He's big, quick, strong and explosive, and could be a dominant defensive tackle at the next level. Unfortunately he's also really really raw, which is why he dropped out of the conversation for the first overall pick. He just doesn't use his hands, which means a big learning curve at the NFL level. Still, he fits the Broncos' needs as they need more defensive-line talent. And if there's anything Fairley is, it's talented.