An Insiders Look at the Denver Broncos Draft

Broncos Update takes a closer look at each and every pick the Denver Broncos made in 2009. Check out the inside story and voice your opinion on our Hardcore Message Board.

Broncos Update takes a closer look at the 2009 Josh McDaniels' Draft Picks:

Round 1/12 -- Knowshon Moreno, RB, 5-10, 217, Georgia
Denver was smitten with Moreno's versatility. He obviously is a good runner, but the Broncos also like the fact that he can catch the ball out of the backfield and pick up the blitz. Denver signed Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington and LaMont Jordan this offseason and have Peyton Hillis, Ryan Torain and Selvin Young still on the roster, but Moreno will play right away.

Round 1/18 -- Robert Ayers, LB/DE, 6-3, 273, Tennessee
Ayers didn't start until his senior year but made the most of it, parlaying a big year into a first-round grade. The Broncos will start Ayers at end, but he could end up at outside linebacker. Denver also thinks Ayers is versatile enough to play at tackle in passing situations. He provides immediate help to the front seven.

Round 2/37 -- Alphonso Smith, CB, 5-9, 193, Wake Forest
Smith fell down draft boards because of his height, but the Broncos had a first-round grade on him. They traded their 2010 first-round pick to Seattle to get Smith, the ACC's all-time leader in interceptions. Smith can come in right away and play in nickel packages, and perhaps push Andre' Goodman for a starting spot. Both of Denver's projected starting cornerbacks are more than 30 years old, and Smith is the future at the position.

Round 2/48 -- Darcel McBath, S, 6-0, 198, Texas Tech
With an aging secondary, McBath can be groomed to step into the starting lineup. He is a playmaker who had seven interceptions last year. He was recruited as a cornerback and uses those skills well to play center field on defense.

Round 2/64 -- Richard Quinn, TE, 6-4, 260, North Carolina
Few players used the months before the draft better than Quinn. He had a low grade after catching only 12 passes in college, but impressed at the Combine and workouts and landed in the second round. The Broncos like his hands despite the lack of production in the passing game in college, and along with Daniel Graham, Quinn can provide a good blocking punch at tight end.

Round 4/114 -- David Bruton, S, 6-2, 219, Notre Dame
Bruton was a good special teams player in college and will come in and contribute there right away. He was the second free safety Denver picked, and the Broncos already have veteran Renaldo Hill penciled in the starting lineup there, so Bruton probably won't be expected to play on defense right away.

Round 4/132 -- Seth Olsen, G, 6-5, 306, Iowa Olsen was an effective guard in the Big Ten, and can also move out to tackle. That versatility will help him stick with the Broncos. Even though Olsen hasn't played center, he indicated he'd be willing to learn to help his value.

Round 5/141 -- Kenny McKinley, WR, 6-0, 189, South Carolina
A former high school quarterback, McKinley came in and was very productive in college at receiver with 207 career receptions. He slipped in the draft because of health issues, but could be a good value if he stays healthy. He is behind four veteran receivers coming in, so he probably won't be much of a factor as a rookie.

Round 6/174 -- Tom Brandstater, QB, 6-5, 220, Fresno State
Brandstater has the size to succeed in the NFL, and Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has had success with Tom Brady and Matt Cassel in New England, and both were drafted on the second day. Brandstater will be the third quarterback behind Kyle Orton and Chris Simms, so he can sit and learn the system while the Broncos determine if he's the quarterback of the future.

Round 7/225 -- Blake Schlueter, C, 6-3, 284, Texas Christian
Schlueter isn't huge but could fill some depth on the Broncos' interior line. Denver drafted Kory Lichtensteiger last year as a possible center of the future, but Schlueter will be given the chance to make an impression on the new staff and secure a spot on the team. Schlueter can also play guard.

--If the Broncos have a poor 2009 season, they won't reap the rewards of a high draft pick. Denver sent its own 2010 first-round draft pick to Seattle for the 37th overall pick on draft day, to select cornerback Alphonso Smith. Denver coach Josh McDaniels said the Broncos had a first-round grade on Smith, so it was worth the trade.
,br> "I'm sure there will be some questions about the trade from 1 (first round) next year to (second round) this year," McDaniels said. "He was extremely valued in our room, has been all spring."

--The Broncos worked out USC quarterback Mark Sanchez before the draft and Tampa Bay traded up from 19th to 17th in the first round to leapfrog the Broncos at No. 18 to take quarterback Josh Freeman. However, McDaniels said the team had no interest in drafting a quarterback with the 18th pick. They didn't select a quarterback until picking Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater in the sixth round.

"We feel comfortable with the guys we have," McDaniels said about Kyle Orton and Chris Simms. "Nobody in this building is afraid to move forward and play the season with them."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "You go into this thing understanding that you're not going to fix everything that you may want to fix."
-- Broncos coach Josh McDaniels.

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