Apr 28, 2012 1:48 AM by Andy Koen
After starting the 2012 NFL Draft on the defensive side of the ball, the Denver Broncos took two offensive players with their next two picks.
At number 36 overall, the Broncos first pick was University of Cincinnati nose tackle Derek Wolfe. Downgraded by NFL scouts, the Broncos staff seem to love his intensity in the trenches.
NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock says Wolfe has good instincts and was an effective run stopper in college. He also recorded 9.5 sacks last year and was named as the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.
Later in the second round, Denver picked up an under-study for Peyton Manning by drafting Arizona State University quarterback Brock Osweiler. At 6 foot 7 inches, Osweiler is one of the tallest players in the draft and has one of the strongest arms of any QB's drafted this year.
The Broncos traded up 20 places with the Cleveland Browns in the 3rd round to take San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman. Running a 4.45 second 40 yard dash at the NFL combine, Hillman tied for the 2nd fastest time of 2012.
At just twenty years old, Hillman would have been a junior this season at SDSU where he posted back to back 1,000 yard rushing season. He even broke Marshal Faulk's school rushing record for a freshman by posting 1,532 yards and 17 TD's. Last year, he improved his stats with 1,981 all purpose yards and 20 touchdowns.
Denver gave up one of their 4th round picks to the Cleveland in order to take Hillman. So, they will begin Saturday's 4th round with two picks. Baring any trade's, Denver will then finish the draft with a 5th and 6th round pick.