With the 25th Pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos Select...

Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans defensive lineman Jerel Worthy does a footwork drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

With the 25th pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select...

Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

This selection and write-up was made by notthatnoise:

At first I wasn't sure where I would be going with this pick, but once Peyton Manning signed on a lot fell into place. With Manning on board, the Broncos receivers are more than adequate (quite good in fact) and running back will be an afterthought, though perhaps the Broncos still look to add a back later. .

Despite all the talk about Denver's defense carrying them last season, they actually ranked 22 in rushing yards given up per game. Worthy addresses that need immediately, and is especially important with the loss of Brodrick Bunkley. Worthy was a two-gapper in college, and ate blockers alive. He will take up space in the middle, and as an added bonus put up maybe 4 sacks per season. He's even explosive enough that he could one-gap, should the Broncos choose to go that route. There were a number of other DTs available here, but Worthy sticks out as the best run-stopper to me.

The Broncos are going to be like the Colts for a few years now: now that they have Peyton Manning, it really doesn't matter who they draft. I like the argument to improve the running game. I probably would've liked an offensive lineman if I was a Denver fan, but all of the top guys are already off the board.

The Houston Texans are on the clock next (pick received by troy145).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Indianapolis Andrew Luck
QB Stanford Ryno III
2 Washington
Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Groza
3 Minnesota Matt Kalil LT USC pt_999
4 Cleveland Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State rufio
5 Tampa Bay
Trent Richardson RB Alabama Rounds94
6 St. Louis Morris Claiborne CB LSU SpecialBrownie
7 Jacksonville Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Chalmdeezy
8 Miami Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama gentryholdem
9 Carolina Dontari Poe DT Memphis nickjs21
10 Buffalo Melvin Ingram OLB South Carolina The New Kardiac Kids
11 Kansas City
David DeCastro OG Stanford Brownie's Year
12 Seattle Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College Jon @ DBN
13 Arizona Riley Reiff OT Iowa Browns town
14 Dallas Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama bross09
15 Philadelphia Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State PaduaDSP
16 N.Y. Jets
Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Legoman0721
17 Cincinnati
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech Bernie19Kosar
18 San Diego Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois Adrock2099
19 Chicago Jonathan Martin OT Stanford OrangeAndBrownFever
20 Tennessee Andre Branch DE Clemson iwearmocs
21 Cincinnati Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Bernie19Kosar
22 Cleveland Nick Perry DE USC rufio
23 Detroit Mark Barron S Alabama nickmar19
24 Pittsburgh Donta Hightower LB Alabama rdy
25 Denver Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State notthatnoise
26 Houston troy145
27 New England
Boston Browns
28 Green Bay
ScottJC
29 Baltimore Ecwingen
30 San Francisco -bobby-
31 New England
Boston Browns
32 N.Y. Giants
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