Six more drafted by Broncos

The Denver Broncos wrapped up Day Two of the 2004 NFL Draft by selecting cornerback Jeff Shoate, wide receiver Triandos Luke, center Josh Sewell, running back Brandon Miree and a pair of quarterbacks - LSU's Matt Mauck and Bradlee Van Pelt from Colorado State. Here's a complete run down of these picks.


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Name: Jeff Shoate School San Diego State Year 5Sr
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180 40: 4.68 Pos: CB

Bio: Second team All Conference selection the past two seasons after totals of 35/1/14 as a senior after 57/2/11 the prior year. Broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore and finished with 48/3/7.

Pos: Nice sized corner best in zone coverage. Quickly plants on the ball and displays a nice burst of closing speed. Times defenses well and works deflect away the ball. Constantly placed over the opponent's best wide receiver and plays faster than his forty-time.

Neg: Slow turning back to make a play on the pass in the deep field.

Analysis: Flashing solid cover skills throughout college Shoate lacks the top speed to be used in man-on-man situations but offers potential as a limited area dime back.


Name: Triandos Luke School Alabama Year 4Sr
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 199 40: 4.33 Pos: WR

Bio: Tide's leading receiver the past two seasons totaling 32/432/4 as a senior after 41/482/2 the prior season. Returned kicks as a junior averaging 19.6 yards on 10 returns.

Pos: Athletic and explosive receiver with a penchant for making the big play. Quickly gets off the line, good route runner that displays sharpness in or out of breaks. Comes back to the ball, prepares himself to make the reception and adjusts to the errant pass. Possesses soft hands, runs to the deep pass and easily makes the reception at full speed. Plays to his forty time.

Neg: Lacks the strong hands and does not pluck the ball from the air. Has difficulty coming away with the tough grab in traffic.

Analysis: A leader by example known for his great work ethic, Luke has been shooting up draft boards after fine performances at the Senior Bowl and combine. Takes well to coaching and a tough player that should succeed in a structured offense at the next level.

Name: Josh Sewell School Nebraska Year 5Sr
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 301 40: 5.1 Pos: C

Bio: Former Indiana State transfer who previously backed up at both center and guard before moving into the starting position as a senior.

Pos: Hard working, explosive blocker on the pivot who stepped up in 2003. Quick off the snap, jolts opponents with good hand punch and a knee bender that gets underneath defenders. Solid position blocker that walls defenders from the action. Explosive in all his actions and a hard worker that spends a lot of time in the weight room.

Neg: Lacks bulk on the inside, does not adjust well nor is he effective on the second level. Lacks footwork and not comfortable in space.

Analysis: Topping off a terrific senior campaign with a good performance at the Combine, Sewell turned himself into a legitimate NFL prospect the past twelve months. Stands to add more bulk but don't be surprised if Sewell is starting a few years down the road.


Name: Matt Mauck School: LSU Year: 4Jr
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 228 40: 4.73 Pos: QB

Bio: Second team All Conference selection last year when he helped lead LSU to a share of the national championship with passing numbers of 64%/2,825/28/14. Tore ligaments in his right foot after six games of his sophomore campaign and totaled 49.9%/782/9/2. Academic All American who graduated last December with a degree in Kinesiology.

Pos: Tough, smart quarterback with solid athletic skills. Quickly sets in the pocket, sells the ball fakes and throws with a nice delivery. Elusive, gets outside the pocket making plays on the move or picks up yardage with his legs. Puts zip on intermediate passes, throws tight spirals and has good arm strength. Sells the ball fakes, stands strong in the pocket and patient.

Neg: Marginal accuracy and rarely places the pass where receivers can run to it. Stares down primary targets, makes questionable decisions when pressured and late on timing throws.

Analysis: Mauck has a lot of skills to work with and enough abilities to be a successful quarterback at the next level. Yet his limited playing experience leaves him unpolished in the nuances of being a passer. Could be a developmental prospect that spends a year in Europe, although he could forego a career in football and end up in dental school.

Name: Brandon Miree School Pittsburgh Year 5Sr
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 230 40: 4.65 Pos: RB

Bio: Former Alabama transfer coming off an injury plagued senior season. Suffered a stress fracture in his leg last season, playing in only six games yet still led the team with rushing numbers of 115/573/6, adding 16/130/1 receiving. Started eight games as a junior and totaled 214/943/4 on the ground with 11/123 catching the ball.

Pos: Nice sized interior ball carrier that runs hard between tackle. Displays vision, patience and gets to the outside dodging defenders. Also strong, aggressive and picks up yardage off initial contact. Drives up the field, does not go down without a fight and works to finish runs. Adequate hands out of the backfield and also blocks.

Neg: Not quick through the hole, lacks a burst of speed and much elusiveness. Durability will come into question.

Analysis: Miree was a prospect many thought would make a big move up draft charts as a senior but the injury suffered season's start dampened that outlook. Possesses the natural skills to be a solid player at the next level but durability concerns will now push him deep into the draft.

Name: Bradlee Van_Pelt School: Colorado State Year: 5Sr
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 231 40: 4.97 Pos: QB

Bio: Former Michigan State transfer voted MWC Offensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. Passing totals were 60.6%/2,845/19/13 as a senior when he also ran for 170/909/10. Junior totals were 52.3%/2,073/10/7 passing with 150/819/11 rushing. Father Brad was a Pro Bowl linebacker for the New York Giants.

Pos: Tough signal caller that must iron out the rough edges to his game. Quickly sets in the pocket with solid footwork, remains poised and shows good judgment. Drives the deep pass downfield, laying the ball out in front of receivers and letting them run to the pass. Escapes the rush and makes the throw on the move. Tough and has a linebackers mentality, especially carrying the ball. Improved in all aspects of his game late in his senior season.

Neg: Stares down primary targets and forces the pass on occasion. A bit quick pulling the ball down and taking off up the field. Marginal accuracy and receivers constantly adjust backwards or upwards to grab the errant throw.

Analysis: From an athletic point of view, Van Pelt has all the intangibles one wants for an NFL quarterback. His size, toughness and ability to make all the throws catches your eye on film. Yet equally apparent is a lack of pocket patience and accuracy. Must learn to become a passer rather than just a thrower but a solid developmental prospect that could yield positive long term gains.

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