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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Denver Broncos Select DT Robert Nkemdiche at No. 31

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With the No. 31 pick in the 2016 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select...

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

The selection and write-up were made by poultman:

Greetings from the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos!  We have been living the good life out here, relishing our victory.  After the cloud of smoke cleared, and the Papa John's pizzas ran out, we are looking at a team that has lost a significant amount of talent.  We wake up to see that both of our QB's are gone, and several starters on our defense have taken off for new gigs.  If you told Broncos fans that next years starter would be Captain Butt Fumble,  they said you had spent too much time here with Gordon and Manziel on the green stuff.  That being said, with the 31st pick in the 2016 draft The Denver Broncos select..... Robert Nkemdiche, DT from Ole Miss.

You might be saying, why would you take a defensive lineman over a QB???  The answer is fairly simple, The Broncos have shown that they are willing to take the BPA, and work with questionable backgrounds or substance problems (Von Miller, Shane Ray, Aqib Talib).  Second reason to skip the QB is that i don't believe there are 4 QBs worthy of going in the first round.  If Lynch fell here i would run to the podium for him, but he didn't.  Connor Cook could be serviceable, but not worthy of being picked this high.  Thirdly they showed in the playoffs that with their defense, QB play doesn't matter that much.  Manning was horrible, but was able to managed the game enough to let that defense win it.  Sanchez has the ability to be very successful in those types of environments.

Robert will step into the role left vacant by Malik Jackson's exit.  He has the versatility to play DE in a 3 man front, or inside on a 4 man front.  He is an absolute beast physically, but needs help with the mental side of the game.  The Broncos have established leaders on defense that will be able to take his raw talent, and mold it into something great.  Robert has the ability to be a multi-year pro bowler and and all-pro with the right mentorship which the Broncos have.

The Cleveland Browns are up next, led by Adam Rice.

2016 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Position School Username
1 Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff QB California michael.hamper
2 Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz QB North Dakota St. Bizono
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State Crawford_T
4 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot
Ohio State
Manly and Loving It
5 Jacksonville Jaguars DeForest Buckner DE Oregon Bob Stalnaker
6 Baltimore Ravens Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss pt_999
7 San Francisco 49ers Joey Bosa DE Ohio State apocrylle
8 Cleveland Browns Myles Jack OLB UCLA Robo Dawg
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida Ezweav
10 New York Giants Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame mrwhitman
11 Chicago Bears Jack Conklin OT Michigan State Barnestorm
12 New Orleans Saints Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville Rube Sports
13 Miami Dolphins William Jackson III CB Houston Brocolis154033
14 Oakland Raiders Andrew Billings DT Baylor makeaplay59
15 Tennessee Titans Taylor Decker OT Ohio State aszabo1
16 Detroit Lions Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss Mean Ol' Pete
17 Atlanta Falcons Shaq Lawson DE Clemson Mudville
18 Indianapolis Colts Darron Lee OLB Ohio State fjblessi
19 Buffalo Bills Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama GratefulDawg
20 New York Jets Paxton Lynch QB Memphis troy145
21 Washington Redskins A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama Greg"TheDropper"Little
22 Houston Texans Corey Coleman WR Baylor Royce Groff
23 Minnesota Vikings Josh Doctson WR TCU MissinTheVicius
24 Cincinnati Bengals Karl Joseph S West Virginia OhioCityBrownsBeliever
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple CB Ohio State Legoman0721
26 Seattle Seahawks Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State Southern Cali Dog
27 Green Bay Packers Noah Spence OLB E. Kentucky Matt Wood
28 Kansas City Chiefs Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech Ted Washington's Belly
29 Arizona Cardinals Ryan Kelly C Alabama a2342432a
30 Carolina Panthers Kevin Dodd DE Clemson Suppa Bob
31 Denver Broncos Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss poultman
32 Cleveland Browns Adam Rice