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Watching the Mocks: 2.0

Posted Mar 21, 2014

A look around the Internet at draft pundits' latest projections for the Broncos' pick at No. 31 in the 2014 NFL Draft.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Every Friday leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, we'll take a look around the Internet at the players analysts believe could be headed to Denver with the 31st pick in the draft.

Not every outlout has updated its mock drafts since last Friday.

Picks and descriptions that remained the same since last week include predictions by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke and Doug Farrar, NFL.com's Chase Goodbread, Matt Smith and Bucky Brooks, CBS Sports' Rob Rang and Dane Brugler and Fox Sports' Peter Schrager.

Take a look back at those analysts' selections -- which include linebackers, defensive ends, defensive tackles a safety and a wide receiver -- in Watching the Mocks: 1.0.

Now let's get to the updated picks and the analysts' reasoning.

DenverBroncos.com Independent Analyst Andrew Mason: Wisconsin LB Chris Borland

A trade-down is a possibility if Derek Carr is still on the board and teams at the top of the second round get antsy. The Emmanuel Sanders signing reduces the pressure to get a wide receiver, and with good depth at that position, the Broncos can easily bolster that area in the second or third round. With Shazier and Mosley off the board, Borland is next on the list. Although his measurables aren't wow-inspiring, his film is terrific; he rarely makes a bad decision, has proper bulk (248 pounds) and is intelligent and can make the checks and calls. Borland also appears to be an immediate starter, which matters for a Super Bowl contender.

Sports Illustrated's Don Banks: UCLA G Xavier Su'a-Filo

With the defense getting waves of reinforcements in free agency -- see T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib -- and the Eric Decker vacancy filled by receiver Emmanuel Sanders, the most glaring deficiency that remains in Denver is along the offensive line, which didn't have its finest hour during the Super Bowl disaster in the Meadowlands. Stanford's David Yankey and UCLA's Su'a-Filo are the top-rated guards in the draft, but based on upside and athleticism, we're going with the fast-rising former Bruin.

NFL.com's Charles Davis: TCU CB Jason Verrett

People are afraid of his lack of size. They should embrace his coverage and tackling skills.

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier

Shazier ran a sub-4.40 40-yard dash at 237 pounds during Ohio State's pro day. He is an outstanding blitzer and he has the athleticism to mirror tight ends all over the field.

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco: Shazier

They need to get help at linebacker, one of the positions they have addressed.

CBS Sports' Pat Kirwan: Alabama LB C.J. Mosley

Wesly Woodyard is gone and Mosley can stay on the field in all down-and-distance situations.

CBS Sports' Will Brinson: Su'a-Filo

Zane Beadles is headed to Jacksonville and if the Broncos learned anything from their last game of 2013 it's that protecting Peyton Manning up the middle is extremely important.