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2013 NN NFL mock draft: With the fifty-eighth pick, the Denver Broncos select ...

The Niners Nation Community Mock Draft moves to pick No. 58, which belongs to the Denver Broncos.


We're on to the twenty-sixth pick of the second round, No. 58 overall in the 2013 Niners Nation NFL mock draft. If you missed parts of the first round, check out our entire rundown.

The Denver Broncos are now on the clock, and their Niners Nation GM is SigepPT49er. With the fifty-eighth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Broncos select Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin.

Explanation: Team needs as listed before 1st round pick: DT, DE, S, CB, RB, ILB, and swing T. 1st Round Pick is DE Bjoern Werner to provide push on the end opposite of Von Miller. Free agent signings provide stop gap coverage of CB, DT, and ILB. That leaves RB and S as the two areas not yet addressed. The highest rated players still on DraftTek's Board include TE Zach Ertz, CB Jordan Poyer, G Larry Warford, CB Darius Slay, plus all the 2nd tier QBs -- Bray, Nassib, Manuel.

Manning is ancient, but they drafted a QB in the 2nd round last year.They won't go that way this year as none of the current QB choices are clearly an upgrade. CB Poyer and Slay would be at best their 3rd or 4th CB this coming season, but this is a very possible selection. RB is an area they can draft a starter and help extend Peyton's career in Denver by upgrading the running game. The top two they are looking at are Montee Ball from Wisconsin and Le'Veon Bell from MSU. Both are 3rd round prospects. The S position needs help -- even if they say publicly it doesn't. Shamarko Thomas from Syracuse and Bacarri Rambo from Georgia are two good ones available, but they also carry a 3rd round grade. So who to pick???

BPA would be Ertz, but the 4 TE on the roster were drafted recently by the Broncos. I don't see them going that way when other needs are greater. QB to develop??? No. That leaves me with CB, S, or RB. All the players they like are late 2nd to 3rd round talents. Would 3rd or 4th CB or starting RB be a better reach? RB. So the choice is Montee Ball, RB Wisconsin. He has exceptional burst, great vision, patience in letting blocks develop (sounds like the 2nd coming of Gore to me). Ball is an NFL ready back who could start from day one.

Trevor Woods: The Broncos find their running back of the future at pick No. 58. Ball put up monster numbers at Wisconsin and hardly ever stopped. While Ball doesn't have impressive speed, all of his other intangibles receive high grades. Peyton Manning will allow Ball a great opportunity to see, setting up the run with a passing game. Denver doesn't have too many holes to fill, so going running back here is the best option.

Nick Chiamardas: At first glance running back doesn't appear to be a need for the Broncos. However, when you consider McGahee is 32 and Knowshon Moreno's knee injury the situation becomes less stable. This might be a bit of a reach but Ball has produced every year at Wisconsin. He does have a lot of wear and tear for an early round back but fits nicely into Denver's zone blocking scheme.

Niners Nation Mock Draft, Round 1

  1. Kansas City Chiefs -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
  3. Oakland Raiders -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
  4. Philadelphia Eagles -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
  5. Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
  6. Cleveland Browns -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
  7. Arizona Cardinals -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
  8. Buffalo Bills -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
  9. New York Jets -- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama [Explanation]
  10. Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
  11. San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
  12. Miami Dolphins -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
  13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
  14. Carolina Panthers -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
  15. New Orleans Saints -- Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU [Explanation]
  16. St. Louis Rams -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
  17. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
  18. Dallas Cowboys -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama [Explanation]
  19. New York Giants -- Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia [Explanation]
  20. Chicago Bears -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia [Explanation]
  21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State [Explanation]
  22. St. Louis Rams -- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson [Explanation]
  23. Minnesota Vikings -- Keenan Allen, WR, Cal [Explanation]
  24. Indianapolis Colts -- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA [Explanation]
  25. Minnesota Vikings -- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington [Explanation]
  26. Green Bay Packers -- Damontre Moore, DE/OLB [Explanation]
  27. Houston Texans -- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
  28. Denver Broncos -- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State [Explanation]
  29. New England Patriots -- Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist [Explanation]
  30. Atlanta Falcons -- Tank Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State [Explanation]
  31. San Francisco 49ers -- Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International [Explanation]
  32. Baltimore Ravens -- Matt Elam, S, Florida [Explanation]
  33. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas [Explanation]
  34. San Francisco 49ers -- Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State [Explanation]
  35. Philadelphia Eagles -- Kyle Long, OL, Oregon [Explanation]
  36. Detroit Lions -- Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State [Explanation]
  37. Cincinnati Bengals -- D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina [Explanation]
  38. Arizona Cardinals -- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame [Explanation]
  39. New York Jets -- Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford [Explanation]
  40. Tennessee Titans -- Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut [Explanation]
  41. Buffalo Bills -- Matt Barkley, QB, USC [Explanation]
  42. Miami Dolphins -- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State [Explanation]
  43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State [Explanation]
  44. Carolina Panthers -- Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina [Explanation]
  45. San Diego Chargers -- Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia [Explanation]
  46. St. Louis Rams -- Eric Reid, S, LSU [Explanation]
  47. Dallas Cowboys -- Barrett Jones, C, Alabama [Explanation]
  48. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama [Explanation]
  49. New York Giants -- Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State [Explanation]
  50. Chicago Bears -- Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame [Explanation]
  51. Washington Redskins -- Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State [Explanation]
  52. Minnesota Vikings -- Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama [Explanation]
  53. Cincinnati Bengals -- Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina [Explanation]
  54. Miami Dolphins -- Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA [Explanation]
  55. Green Bay Packers -- T.J. McDonald, S, USC [Explanation]
  56. Seattle Seahawks -- Kawann Short, DT, Purdue [Explanation]
  57. Houston Texans -- Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU [Explanation]
  58. Denver Broncos -- Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin