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Representing the Denver Broncos in the 2009 BGN community mock draft AndyB selects...

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Rey Maualuga, LB Southern Cal

The Broncos had one of the worst defenses in the league last year and need a major upgrade in the front 7. With a new coach bringing in the 3-4 defense this year, they will need another linebacker. There were a few other players I wanted a little more but none of them fell to this spot. The Broncos could really use a nose tackle but BJ Raji was already off the board. Brian Orakpo and Everette Brown would have fit in great with the 3-4 defense as a DE/OLB. And of coarse Aaron Curry was my first choice at linebacker.
Ray stands at 6-2 260lbs. He was a 2- Time All-Pac 10 first teamer in college. He started MLB and led the team in tackles. He is known for his downhill play, hard hits, and leadership.
The Broncos had many offseason signings. A bunch on offense and defense. They signed 2 decent running back and another QB. They are pretty stacked at WR with Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokley, and Brandon Marshall. The signing of Dawkins as well as another FS will help the secondary. The only other pick I think the broncos could make at this spot is for a cornerback. The secondary is pretty old in denver.
Unless the Broncos decide to trade this pick, this seems like the smartest and most logical pick. With a new defensive scheme in tact, they will want a young inside linebacker to lead for years to come.

Commish take plus more analysis after the jump. Clyde Simmons and the Washington Redskins are on the clock.

Commish take - It looks like the smart pick for the Broncos here is to take the best defensive player available and there's a pretty good argument to be made that Maualua is that guy. He should fit nicely as an the inside LB in their 3-4 scheme. Solid pick. Aaron Maybin could also be a possibilitiy.

Picks so far

1 Detroit Lions - Whodie126 - Eugene Monroe

2 St. Louis Rams – Nick Pampani - Jason Smith

3 Kansas City Chiefs - D3keith - Aaron Curry

4 Seattle Seahawks - yophillybro - Mark Sanchez

5 Cleveland Browns – captain nodar - Brian Orakpo

6 - Cincinnati Bengals - Luxury Used Vehicles By Braman - BJ Raji

7 - Oakland Raiders - 2150akland - MIchael Crabtree

8 - Jacksonville Jaguars - NorthPhillyKidd - Matt Stafford

9 - Green Bay Packers - LeonSA - Malcolm Jenkins

10 - San Francisco 49ers - Ajay - Andre Smith

11 - Buffalo Bills - Bubqr - Everette Brown

12 - Denver Broncos - Andyb - Rey Maualuga