With the 25th pick of Pride of Detroit's 2012 NFL mock draft, the Denver Broncos select Clemson defensive tackle Brandon Thompson. SmittyJ is serving as the Broncos' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
Some may say it's a reach and why not take Dont'a Hightower. I don't think Hightower will be rated higher than Thompson on the Broncos' board. Sure, a few years ago he would have, but in my opinion, Hightower is best suited for a 3-4 defense.
The Broncos have been very busy this offseason, adding a very talented quarterback by the name of Peyton Manning and fellow target from Indy Jacob Tamme. They have also acquired Joel Dreessen and Andre Caldwell to go along with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.
I almost pulled the trigger on Doug Martin but simply couldn't resist drafting Thompson here in the first.
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