Denver Broncos Draft picks
Round 1...#12... Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia
If he enters the 2009 NFL Draft he should be the first running back taken. Yes even ahead of Chris (Beanie) Wells from Ohio State. Moreno might not be as big and fast as Wells, but he is much more elusive and can make multiple tacklers miss in the open field. He is more athletic and has more wiggle in his giddy-up. Moreno runs with power and reckless abandon and his spin move is probably the best that I have seen since Barry Sanders. Moreno has excellent vision and runs as hard as any back in the country, he finished his runs similar to the Cowboys RB Marion Barber, can catch the ball very well out of the backfield and has shown to be very durable during his short career at Georgia. Needles to say, I like Moreno a lot and feel he will be a featured back for a very lucky NFL team. Here are some of his major accolades.
*Named 1-of-3 finalists for the Doak Walker Award
*Named 1-of-15 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award
*In the SEC, ranks 1st in rushing yards per game (111.5), 1stin scoring TDs (17), 1st in all purpose yards (141.4) and 2nd inscoring (8.5 pts/g)*SEC-leading seven 100-yard rushing games this year; 13 in hiscareer, which ranks tied-3rd all-time at UGA*Leads the Bulldogs with 1,338 rushing yards on 227 carries (5.9per attempt and 111.5 per game) and has 16 rushing TDs
*Has gained 779 of his rushing yards after contact
*Ranks third on the team in receiving with 27 passes caught for329 yards (12.2 avg.) and a TD*Became only the second Bulldog in school history to rush for1,000 yards in two-straight seasons (Herschel Walker did it allthree of his years at UGA, 1980-82).
*His 2,672 career rushing yards rank 4th at UGA
*Has gained 1,338 rushing yards this season behind astarting offensive line primarily consisting of three freshmen andtwo sophomores*Gained 1,334 yards in 2007 behind a starting offensive linemade up of three freshmen and two seniors*Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for performancesagainst LSU (21x163, one TD), Central Michigan (18x168, 3TD’s), and against Vanderbilt (23x172, one TD).
*Named Preseason All-America 1st Team by ESPN.com, CBSsports.com, The Sporting News, Lindy’s, Athlon, Phil Steele and Blue Ribbon
Round 1...#18 (from Bears)... Robert Ayers DE Tennessee
6’ 3” 274 lbs.
Strengths: Size, Strength, Anchor, Versatility
Weaknesses: Production, Closing Speed, Tackling, Pass Rush Moves
Robert Ayers half-season jump in improvement from his first three years raises serious red flags about him. He has great size and a decent burst but is his production just an aberration or has he finally turned the corner? NFL teams will have to take that into consideration when contemplating Ayers. Personally, I’m quite skeptical about players with so short a period of playing at a high level.
A high school LB, Ayers grew into the DE role at Tennessee and his growth may have contributed to his lack of impact at the college level. He backed up Parys Haralson in 2006, and then backed up Antonio Reynolds in 2007. 2008 was finally Ayers chance to shine and shine he did… for half the season at least.
Ayers seemed to be good for a TFL a game, but he did not take over games and dominate. He had 3 TFL, 7 tackles, his first and only INT and no sacks in a loss to Georgia, 2 TFL in a close loss to Wyoming, had 3 TFL and 2 sacks against Vanderbilt, probably his best game, but then had only one TFL to close out the year in a win over Kentucky.. He was consistently good, but never overly great. For his career, Ayers appeared in 48 games but only started 14 of those, with 12 coming in 2008. He totaled 113 tackles, 31.5 TFL and a mere 9 sacks. Despite coming off the bench in 2007, Ayers led Tennessee with 12 TFL and 4 sacks. He again led the team in TFL in 2008 with 15.5 but was second on the team with only 3 sacks.
As a run stopper, Ayers has the potential to be elite. He anchors well, uses his hands to get off blocks and locates the ball quickly. He can be an imposing obstacle for runners heading in his direction and he has proven adept at making plays behind the line. He moves down the line and will give chase to the sideline but he lacks the speed to cause havoc so far from the line of scrimmage. He has a decent burst and can vary his speed to create confusion.
As far as rushing the passer goes though, Ayers may be better off moving inside and playing against guards. As a tackle his anchor ability will not be as best utilized as it is on the edge but it’s a trade off to get better pass rushing production. He possesses few pass rush moves outside of varying his speed and has little closing speed to the quarterback. Tennessee moved him around to create mismatches but that won’t be as easy in the pros. Ayers also has character concerns stemming from an arrest for aggravated assault in 2005 but is said to have become a leader for the Tennessee Volunteers since then.
Yes Ayers has the size teams want in a DE, but after that, Ayers lacks many of the physical traits to be a special player. That’s not to say he can’t be serviceable in a particular role, but he will never be an upper echelon pass rusher. He could find a home in a 3-4 defense thanks to his anchor ability or he could be moved inside. Either way, you’re not getting a pass rusher.
A second opinion: Robert Bryant Says:
I see him Ayers with serious NFL ability and a huge upside. He has improved tremendous in basically just one short year and he dominated some excellent talent at the senior bowl. Ayers is strong, explosive and very athletic. Probably he and LSU's Tyson Jackson are the only sure fire starters in this draft (as a 34 End), so if you need one you better get one of those two guys in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Round 2...#37 (acquired from Seahawks)... Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest
Round 2...#48 (from Texans)... Darcel McBath S Texas Tech
Round 2...#64 (acquired from Steelers)... Richard Quinn TE North Carolina
Round 4...#114... David Bruton S Notre Dame
Round 4...#132 (from Steelers)... Seth Olsen OG Iowa
Round 5...#141 (From Browns through Eagles)...Kenny McKinley WR South Carolina
Round 6...#174 (From Lions)... Tom Brandstater QB Fresno State
Round 7...#225... Blake Schueter C TCU
Round 7...#235 (from Falcons)...