Broncos Update Projected Draft Picks - Part 2

Part Two focuses on which offensive linemen the Broncos may pick during this weekend's NFL Draft, plus our pick in the Shanahan Factor

In Part 1 of our Denver Broncos projected picks we looked toward the team's glaring need for a solid pass rushing defensive end. Should the Broncos look to fill their defensive needs first, the most logical second round choice would be directed toward the offensive line.

Offensive tackle Kwame Harris from Stanford would be the perfect fit, but it is highly doubtful he would still be available when the Broncos second pick comes around in the 51st position. As impressed as the team is with Harris, it wouldn't be surprising to see Shanahan nab the lineman with their first pick, provided he's still available at number 20. Should this be the case, Denver will focus its second round choice toward defense.

Another lineman the Broncos are keeping their eye on is 6-6, 300 lb. Wayne Hunter from Hawaii. While Hunter does not necessarily fit the mold of Denver's smaller but quicker linemen, he is an extremely good blocker and his size would be a big plus in front of Jake Plummer. Toss in the fact that Shanahan has had good luck with players coming out of Hawaii, i.e. Jason Elam and Ashley Lelie, and Hunter may fit the bill.

On the outside, Denver may consider George Foster from Georgia. At 6-5, 331 lbs. he has good upper body strength and can hold his own against a strong defensive end, but this is tempered with the fact that many scouts consider him to be injury prone. He spent the majority of his senior year playing injured after breaking his wrist in a car accident. Although he is a fifth-year senior he has yet to play a full season because of injuries.

As vital as the offensive line position is to Denver, I doubt that Shanahan would be willing to take a gamble on Foster, leaving Harris or Hunter as the prime targets. With Harris expected to go relatively early, look for Wayne Hunter to be the most logical candidate.

THE SHANAHAN FACTOR –
Surprising everyone is a Shanahan trademark, and this year should prove to be no exception. Look for a relative unknown to be picked in one of Denver's earlier rounds. The name popping up seems to be CB Rashean Mathis from Bethune-Cookman. Although he played primarily free-safety at Bethune-Cookman, he showed great promise at cornerback during Senior Bowl practice.

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