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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Denver Broncos Have Peyton Manning To Consider

I'm going out on a limb here: The Denver Broncos' NFL Draft plans were probably a little different when Tim Tebow was their starting quarterback, and not Peyton Manning. With Tebow, a 2012 NFL Mock Draft writer had to consider their Denver muse's exceedingly bizarre skill-set; with Manning, he has to consider the Broncos' suddenly narrow window for contention. I like Boise State running back Doug Martin here—he gives Manning a running back with receiving skills, unlike Willis McGahee, and he gives McGahee a cohort with which to split all those carries Tebow was taking for himself.

The Broncos are one of the strangest teams in football right now. We don't know much of anything about them, but we know a lot about their component parts, and they seem likely to be contenders. Somehow. Because of all that uncertainty, it's hard to feel confident about any mock draft pick, but this one makes sense to me at the moment.

SB Nation St. Louis's 2012 NFL Mock Draft is moving from No. 1 all the way to No. 32 today. You can follow along at our draft storystream, or read more mock draft recaps in our mock draft analysis storystream.

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