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BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 25 — Denver Broncos Select Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

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I never heard from Ram_india, so I'm stepping in again here. Next up: Houston Texans and they'll be represented by jacquavivajr.

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The Denver Broncos have had an offseason of interesting acquisitions, highlighted by the following:

  • Peyton Manning, QB - Five years for $ 96 million, $ 18 million guaranteed. That's the open-market price for a future Hall of Fame quarterback even after missing a season. And I'm really looking forward to 8:20 pm on Sunday, September 9.
  • Joel Dreessen and Jacob Tamme, TEs - The Broncos went out and made wholesale changes to their TE unit by signing a guy that Manning is familiar with from Indy in Tamme, and a capable No. 2 option from the Texans in Dreessen. Manning's former favorite TE, Dallas Clark, is still a free agent, and rumour has it (cue the Adele?) that Clark's career may be over.

  • Brandon Stokley, WR - Stokley was in Indy from 2003-2006, and then was in Denver from 2007-2009. He had a nondescript year in Seattle in 2010 (though he was the Seahawks leading receiver in their epic upset of the Saints in the Wildcard round), and this past season he signed with the New York Giants in mid-September and appeared in two games before being released with an injury settlement. Now he'll be reunited with one of his old QBs on one of his other old teams. And he will be 36 years old come June, in case you're curious.
  • Tracy Porter, CB - Was signed to a one-year, $ 4 million contract to start across from Champ Bailey either as an audition for a long-term deal, or as a stop-gap solution. That's enough to be notable, but what makes this properly interesting is that Porter spent the first four seasons of his career with the New Orleans Saints. And Porter just happens to be the guy that intercepted Peyton Manning and ran it back 74 yards for a TD to clinch Super Bowl XLIV with just over 3 minutes remaining.

  • Needs and options:

    I poked around a few places, and the consensus seems to be that the Broncos primary needs are at DT, CB, and RB. Let's go ahead and throw RB out of the discussion for their 1st round pick, since they can find a capable guy later in the draft, and the first two positions align much better with the value currently on the board.

    The Broncos do need an infusion of talent at cornerback, hence the Tracy Porter signing and the recent rumors that they were looking to acquire Asante Samuel from the Eagles. They could go with Janoris Jenkins here - I think this range is well within the realm of possibility for Jenkins' special combination of talent, production, and off-the-field problems. I know it's not at all an accurate comparison in terms of physical size or skill-sets, but this is just a couple of spots ahead of where Jimmy Smith went last year.

    Defensive tackle is the really big hole. They've been making do with a rotation of late-round picks and cast-offs, and at the moment, it looks like more of the same is in store for the upcoming season. Ty Warren, a former anchor on the formidable 3-man fronts that the Patriots used to run, is on the Broncos roster and could return from missing the entire 2011 season due to a triceps injury to solidify the middle of the D-line - but that's not something to try to bank on. They brought Justin Bannan back into the fold, just a year removed from dumping him and letting him go to the Rams, and are looking to bring back someone named Marcus Thomas - who I am not even remotely familiar with, but the guys at Mile High Report (MHR) seem to be interested in retaining him for at least another year or two to see if he can yet prove some worth for the long-term. They also cut into their depth by dumping Ryan McBean, who was one of their reclamation projects after he was originally drafted and dumped by us.

    The fact of the matter is that this reclamation and recycling program they have isn't really a viable M.O. in the long-run, and quite simply, the Broncos have a marked lack of high-end talent/young potential on their DT depth chart. And to resolve that...

    With the 25th pick in the 2012 BTSC Community Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State.

    This isn't quite the same kind of steal that I got when I took Trent Richardson for the Jets, but I'm still very surprised to see Cox last this long (beat you to the TWSS punch!) and am happy to select him here.

    Most of the discussion on MHR seemed to be on the relative merits of Devon Still and Jerel Worthy (and even a little bit here and there about Kendall Reyes), with some pipe-dreaming about Michael Brockers falling all the way down to No. 25. I think all of that is a moot point though, when there's a guy at the same position that some draftniks consider a top-10 pick still being on the board.


    That being said though, I did have a darkhorse selection for the Broncos that I seriously considered - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford.

    1). The free agent additions of Dreessen and Tamme do not at all mean that the Broncos have no room for a dynamic new No. 1 TE.

    2). How fascinatingly cool would it be if one of Andrew Luck's favorite targets at Stanford wound up as a go-to playmaker for the guy that Luck was drafted to replace?

    BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Picks:

    1. Indianapolis Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
    2. Washington Redskins -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
    3. Minnesota Vikings -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
    4. Cleveland Browns -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
    6. St. Louis Rams -- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
    7. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
    8. Miami Dolphins -- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
    9. Carolina Panthers -- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
    10. Buffalo Bills -- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
    11. Kansas City Chiefs -- Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
    12. Seattle Seahawks -- Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
    13. Arizona Cardinals -- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
    14. Dallas Cowboys -- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
    15. Philadelphia Eagles -- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
    16. New York Jets -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
    17. Cincinnati Bengals -- Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
    18. San Diego Chargers -- Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
    19. Chicago Bears -- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
    20. Tennessee Titans -- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
    21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
    22. Cleveland Browns -- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
    23. Detroit Lions -- Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
    24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama



    Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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    Steelers 2012 Schedule Released – Open at Denver Sunday Night

    Week 1 9/1: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos 8:20 EST, NBC

    Week 2 9/16: New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 EST, CBS

    Week 3 9/23: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders 4:15 EST, CBS

    Week 4 9/30: BYE WEEK

    Week 5 10/7: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 EST, FOX

    Week 6 10/11: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans 8:20 EST, NFL Network

    Week 7 10/21: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals 8:20 EST, NBC

    Week 8 10/28: Washington Redskins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 EST, FOX

    Week 9 11/4: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants 4:15, CBS

    Week 10 11/12: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 8:30 EST, ESPN

    Week 11 11/18: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20 EST, NBC

    Week 12 11/25: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns 1 EST, CBS

    Week 13 12/2: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens 4:15 EST, CBS

    Week 14 12/9: San Diego Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 EST, CBS

    Week 15 12/16: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys 4:15 EST, CBS

    Week 16 12/23: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 EST, CBS

    Week 17 12/30: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1 EST, CBS

    Source: Steelers Gab

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    “Strong chance” that Peyton will make his Denver debut in prime time

    Last week’s events undoubtedly threw a monkey wrench into the gears of the schedule machine over which Howard Katz presides.  And the arrival of Peyton Manning in Denver already has adjusted the league’s plans for 2012. Apparently.  Reportedly. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, there’s a “strong chance” the Broncos will appear in…

    Source: ProFootballTalk » Pittsburgh Steelers


    Steelers Reportedly to Open 2012 Season in Denver on SNF


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    Rumor has it the Steelers will be in Denver for a playoff rematch to open the 2012 season.

    Sort of.

    The Steelers vs Broncos 2012 opener on NBC Sunday Night Football won’t be so much about the two teams wild card OT playoff game that went to the Broncos, as much as it will be about the new Broncos toy – QB Peyton Manning.

    With Tim Tebow in New York with the Jets, the Steelers will have to get ready for a pumped up Broncos team with Manning now under center, making his first start in a season after undergoing a couple neck surgeries and watching all of 2011 from the sideline.

    If it’s true and the game is set, the Steelers will be without starting safety Ryan Clark, who upon hearing the rumors tweeted: “Hearing Steelers @ Broncos could be 1st Sunday night game of the season,” Clark posted on Twitter. “If that happens, guess I’ll wait for week 2.”

    I can think of no better way to welcome Manning back to the NFL than for the Steelers to ruin his first game back with a win in Denver.

    Source: Steelers Gab

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    Former Colts quarterback Manning chooses Denver

    The Broncos and Peyton Manning agent Tom Condon worked out parameters of a deal expected to be worth about $ 95 million over five years.

    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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    Signing Peyton Manning makes Mike Wallace a possibility in Denver

    Now that the Broncos have won the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, they’re the newest entrants in the Mike Wallace sweepstakes. With the dust settling in Denver after Manning told the Broncos today that he’ll be their quarterback, the next step in the Broncos’ offseason plan of action (in addition to trading Tim Tebow) will be assembling…

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    NFL.com: Peyton Manning to join Denver Broncos

    The 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback and four-time NFL Most Valuable Player, who missed the 2011 season after neck surgery, was cut by Indianapolis on March 7 after a 14-year stint where he smashed the franchise's major passing records and won a Super Bowl.

    Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

    Play that beat Steelers in Denver was legal

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    An NFL spokesman said the Denver Broncos did not use an illegal formation on the play Sunday that ended the Steelers' season.

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    Terrible Towel Talk, Episode 23: Steelers Season Ends in Denver Edition

    It was a very fun final podcast for the Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 season. I didn't spend much time or invest any resources on fringe production quality, so the show definitely remained raw all year. But like everything else, it improved with practice. It's been quite fun taking to the internet faux airwaves each week -- and sometimes more than once per week -- all season. For most of the sessions, I've been joined by Bill Priatko, a former NFL player and longtime close friend of Dick LeBeau's. An octogenarian, Priatko's memory and mental acuity for the game then and now is amazing. As much as I enjoyed speaking with Bill each week, it was made more enjoyable by the presence of Dave Villiotti, a former high school player under Priatko during Villiotti's high school days in Swissvale. Dave's been writing about the Steelers on numerous fan sites, and he's penned great history pieces the last two years for my preseason print publications -- including one about Priatko this past summer -- but I was pleasantly surprised by how great he was on the show despite playing second fiddle to my ramblings and the understandable preferential treatment that I showed Priatko because of his vast catalog of stories and close access to LeBeau and the team.

    Anyway, it looks like we'll keep it going throughout the offseason. Perhaps not each week, but plenty frequently, particularly while the playoffs are still being played and the first wave of interest in personnel assessment is fresh on the minds of Steeler Nation. Thanks to all of you for tuning in throughout the year. The numbers were pretty darn encouraging really considering how raw it was and how steep of a learning curve it was. It's harder and harder to find time to write everything I'd like at this particular moment in my life, but it's fun as hell to get a bunch out there in the 90 minutes or so each week that we record.

    Also, huge thanks to Neal Coolong for his immense contributions this year. Having him on each Monday would be adding too many cooks to the kitchen. But it was Neal and his brother who helped me get the puppy going in the first place, and some of my favorite moments all season were learning a few things about the nuts and bolts of the game from Neal while listening to him break something down on the show. For as great a job as he does writing on the site, he's, in my opinion, even better talking about the game. Thanks Neal.

    Good last show. Hard to remember everything covered, but the list includes:

    • Complete Denver game breakdown
    • Defensive breakdowns
    • Ike Taylor's career worse game.
    • Whether Priatko thinks LeBeau is interested in coming back to coach again
    • Why Ryan Clark's absence proved to play a bigger role than we could have imagined.
    • Run-Pass distribution against Denver
    • 2011 season assessment
    • Personnel assessment
    • Why I think exploring possible Manny Sanders trade might be smart
    • The unique and momentous saga that will be Hines Ward's future -- it's not just another player coming and going from a 'business'. We know it's a game and a money-driven enterprise both at the league, team and individual level. But let's not kid ourselves, it will still be tough to swallow seeing Ward play elsewhere, and it will be equally unsettling to see our beloved Steelers come to the unfortunate decision that there's no reasonable scenario in which keeping Ward makes sense unless it's for what a proud man like Ward might consider to be a disrespectful pittance.
    • I'm forgetting plenty, but a fun 75 minutes for sure.

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    Ike Taylor Apologizes After Loss To Denver

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    PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — By all reports, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor sat alone in his locker after the Steelers 29-23 Wildcard playoff loss at Denver Sunday.

    The locker next to Taylor’s was reportedly broken and he sat in his stall, head down and inconsolable. Taylor chose not to speak to reporters, and understandably so.

    Taylor, who was a surprise snub for this year’s Pro Bowl, got burned four times for deep passes Sunday. The last of which resulted in the Steelers demise, as Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow completed an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime.

    Taylor had the coverage and was responsible for keeping Thomas from getting to the middle of the field. Taylor couldn’t, and the play sent the Steelers back to Pittsburgh for an offseason that should bring many changes.

    Despite not speaking with reporters, Taylor took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the game.

    Taylor first congratulated the Broncos for their win and then issued an apology for his performance.

    “Second I apologize for playing the worst game at the wrong time apologize to my teammates steelernation and family. Luv y’all to def,” Taylor tweeted.

    Thomas finished the game with 204 yards receiving on four catches — a 51-yard average — and one touchdown. Tebow targeted him for passes seven times.

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