Sometimes the greatest gems are found in the later rounds. Hall-of-Fame back Terrell Davis was a sixth-round pick.
The late-round guys have a special place in our hearts. Chris Harris, Jr. and Rod Smith were undrafted free-agent pick ups by the Broncos. Karl Mecklenburg was a 12th round pick from Minnesota.
Which of these guys will be the surprise of the draft? With Rookie camp starting May 11th and OTA’s on May 22nd, answers are right around the corner.
Troy Fumagalli: 6’6″ and 248 pounds, Fumagalli is in the mold of Rob Gronkowski but lacks the elite athleticism of some of the big-name big Tight Ends. Where Fumagalli could provide value is in the run game. Wisconsin is a run-first team and Fumagalli is an experienced blocker.
Sam Jones: A feel-good story from Highlands Ranch, Jones has the vision and athleticism to be an NFL guard. He will need to work on bulking up if he wants to have a shot of making the roster. Jones is a perfect practice squad candidate.
Keishawn Bierria: Bierria is a strong inside linebacker from Washington. He started three years for the Huskies and had a solid career. He is smart and has a high football IQ but lacks elite speed. Depending on his adjustment to the speed of the pro game, Bierria has an opportunity to be a run-stopper.
David Williams: At 6’1″ and 229 pounds, Williams is another bruiser in the vein of the Broncos theme for this draft.
Overall, Denver got bigger and tougher at each position they drafted. This draft, on the surface was a brilliant run by the Broncos front office.
The 2018 draft class is already generating excitement among Bronco fans and reports of Denver’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.