Derek Wolf was the first pick by the Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft. Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI

Thanks for checking out my grade for the Denver Broncos 2012 NFL draft. Of course you really don’t know a draft grade for at least two seasons but here are my initial thoughts about the Broncos 2012 NFL draft. The Broncos traded out of the first round, with the Patriots.

Denver Broncos 2012 Second Round Draft Picks

Derek Wolf DT-DE- Cincinnati

Wolf will probably play defensive end under Jack Del Rio in the new 4-3 defense but could also play tackle. Wolf should have been a first round pick by somebody and I love this pick. Derek Wolf can power his way into the backfield but he also has some speed and athleticism.

Brock Osweiler QB- Arizona State

As I predicted the Broncos drafted Brock Osweiler to be Peyton Manning’s understudy and eventual replacement. I like this pick because Osweiler is raw and learning from Manning will greatly help his progress and improve his play down the road when he gets his chance.

Denver Broncos 2012 Third Round Draft Pick

Ronnie Hillman RB- San Diego State

Hillman will join the rotation of running backs but don’t look for him to be getting a lot of carries unless somebody else gets hurt. Over time Hillman could become a good third down back but he may have fumbling problems due to his small hands. Hillman didn’t always play the best against good teams in college and that has to be a concern.

Denver Broncos 2012 Fourth Round Draft Picks

Omar Bolden CB- Arizona State

Bolden could pay off well here if he is completely healed from an ACL injury. Though lacking top end speed Bolden is a decent player and did well at the weight lifting at the combine.

Phillip Blake C- Baylor

I love this pick as many people had Phillip Blake ranked as the second best center in the 2012 NFL draft. Blake needs to bulk up in a big way but he had a nice college career and I see him as a potential starter in Denver sooner or later.

Denver Broncos 2012 Fifth Round Draft Pick

 

Malink Jackson DT- Tennessee

Jackson could be a practice squad player in 2012 while he bulks up. But he has experience playing end and tackle so the Broncos may try to get him the rotation this season.

Denver Broncos 2012 Sixth Round Pick

Danny Trevathan OLB- Kentucky

I love this pick in the sixth round. Lost in the shuffle on a bad team Trevathan was a playmaker on the defense and he will knock the snot out of people. At the very least he will be a special teams ace for the Broncos.

Denver Broncos 2012 NFL Draft Grade

I give the Broncos a B for their 2012 NFL draft. I loved the second and sixth round picks. The only pick I wasn’t thrilled with was Ronnie Hillman in the third. All in all  think this was a very sound draft for the Broncos.