Profiling the Picks

Profiling the second, third and fourth picks of the Denver Broncos 2002 NFL Draft

Clinton Portis - Running Back, 5'11", 204 lbs., Miami, Fla.
Selected in the second round, the 51st. overall pick, Portis brings strong mix of explosive moves and above average speed. He moves very well to the outside and has Terrell Davis type vision in picking out the best rushing lanes, quickly accelerating into second gear for picking up the extra yardage. Most glaring negatives are his ability to hold onto the ball and his slight unwillingness to excel as a pass blocker.

Dorsett Davis - Defensive Tackle, 6'5", 304 lbs., Mississippi State
Selected in the third round, the 96th. overall pick, Davis will be a strong physical presence along the defensive line. He excels at stopping the run with amazing upper body strength, good lateral movement and above average reaction time. Despite his size,  Davis has extremely good balance and control when forced to chase down offensive ball carriers. Most glaring weakness has been his stamina, often fading out of the action towards the latter parts of  games.

Sam Brandon - Safety, 6'2", 199 lbs. UNLV
Selected in the fourth round , the 131st. overall pick. Brandon brings a unique quality of leadership that the Broncos have desperately needed over the past few seasons. Selected as the recipient of the John Robinson Man of the Year Award in 2001, Brandon logged 181 tackles (113 solos), three interceptions and 16 pass deflections in only 23 games on defense, after shifting from wide receiver. Brandon has good quickness as well as above average jumping ability. He's also not afraid to mix it up, often delivering bone crushing tackles to opposing receivers. Most glaring weakness is his soft cushion in defending the crossing pattern.


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