With the 63rd pick in Pride Of Detroit's 2014 NFL mock draft, the Denver Broncos select Stanford offensive guard David Yankey. JayLaw is serving as the Broncos' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
Going into the draft, the Broncos have three main areas to address: MLB, OG/C/RT and CB. In the first round, I got a steal in C.J. Mosley at the 31st pick. I decided to address the offensive line in the second round.
Although I was tempted to pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste, David Yankey proved to be of better value and has more versatility with the ability to play both OG and OT. The Broncos lost Zane Beadles in free agency and are considering moving Orlando Franklin inside to guard from his right tackle position after he was abused by the Seattle Seahawks D-line in the Super Bowl. Yankey would give them the versatility to figure out what they want to do with Franklin.
Yankey had 40 career starts for Stanford at left guard and left tackle. He replaced Jonathan Martin at LT his sophomore year and allowed just one sack. He moved back inside his junior year and was a unanimous All-American and named first-team All-Pac-12. Scouts feel he is best suited at guard and has outstanding lateral agility, balance and toughness.
Check out the 2014 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.