PALO ALTO CA - NOVEMBER 27: Jonathan Martin #55 and Richard Sherman #9 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate after they beat the Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium on November 27 2010 in Palo Alto California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
With the twenty-fifth pick in the 2012 BGN Community Mock Draft, wild_eagle selects...
Jonathan Martin: OT, Stanford
As we all know the Broncos landed Peyton Manning and have now switched to a more "normal" offense without Tebow. The good news for the Broncos is that they don't have many holes to fill and they have a young, aggressive and very talented Defense which will only get better as the years go by. I actually had some issues with this pick because their only needs as far as I'm concerned are Defensive Tackle, Running Back,, Tight End and Offensive line. Even with these holes they're in no immediate need due to the fact that this draft is deep at Offensive line, Defensive Tackle and Running back, so in summary the Broncos are free to go best player available at a position of need.
This pick was a hard one to make, but with the addition of Peyton Manning and with guys like Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Stokley at Wide Receiver and the Free Agent additions of Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen I find it hard to go after somebody for Peyton to throw to, so this rules out Fleener for me. And looking at Running back I just simply don't see anybody worth going at #25 and with a deep Defensive Tackle class I don't see much of a difference between grabbing Michael Brockers or Dontari Poe or waiting until the 2nd Round to grab a guy. So this leaves only one option for me...
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Jonathan Martin is a guy who fits what the Broncos want from an Offensive Tackle, he is strong, moves well in space and a tremendous run blocker. Martin would not be the Left Tackle, but he would likely start at Right Tackle day 1 and allow Orlando Franklin to go challenge on the inside. In the Broncos Zone Blocking Scheme they put a pretty high premium on guys like Martin who can get into the 2nd level and spring a Running Back loose. Martin does need to work on his pass blocking a little bit, he gets caught off balance from time to time which happens with young Offensive Tackles more than anybody would care to admit. This is a slam dunk pick in my opinion and one that benefits both team and player. Also just to clarify to everybody who thinks that Martin was a product of DeCastro being great, you're wrong, this guy is legit.
Sitting here at 25 you have to consider guys like Micheal Brockers, Coby Fleener and Mike Adams but in the end I felt like Offensive line was the way to go in order to protect Peyton and I felt like Martin was a better player than Mike Adams.
Next on the clock will be KByars with the Houston Texans.
Previous Picks: #1 Andrew Luck, #2 Robert Griffin III, #3 Morris Claiborne, #4 Trent Richardson, #5 Matt Kalil, #6Justin Blackmon, #7 Melvin Ingram, #8 Ryan Tannehill, #9 Michael Floyd, #10 Dre Kirkpatrick, #11 David DeCastro, #12Courtney Upshaw, #13 Luke Kuechly, #14 Fletcher Cox, #15 Quinton Coples, #16 Mark Barron, #17 Stephon Gilmore, #18 Riley Reiff, #19 Janoris Jenkins, #20 Nick Perry, #21 Kendall Wright, #22 Stephen Hill, #23 Cordy Glenn, #24 Dont'a Hightower
Is this the right move for the Broncos?
Yes (131 votes)
No (106 votes)
237 total votes