The Broncos graded high in the recent NFL Draft, acquiring players that should make in impact on the roster deep into the draft.
Bradley Chubb fell to number five in the draft and the Broncos could not pass up arguably the best athlete in the draft. Lining up opposite and learning from Von Miller, the tandem should provide a fearsome pass rush.
Courtland Sutton as much as anyone will benefit from the accuracy and strength of Case Keenum’s arm. He has all the physical tools, all that remains is to see if pairing Sutton with an NFL caliber QB produces the expected results. If it does, Sutton will excel for the Broncos.
Royce Freeman might be the pick of the draft. Questioned in NFL circles for wiggle and breakaway speed, Freeman was a shrewd pickup for the Broncos. A battering ram at 6′ and 230 pounds, Freeman could push Devontae Booker for the top RB spot. He could also provide a much-needed boost for Denver’s dismal red zone production over the last two seasons.
Isaac Yiadom is projected to make an immediate impact on special teams. The Broncos feel he will develop into a playmaking cornerback in the NFL. He is well sized at 6’1″ and 190 pounds and fast, posting a 4.5 40-yard dash time at the combine.
Josey Jewell is a bit undersized for a middle linebacker at 6’1″ but he put up great numbers over his career at Iowa and brings a powerful frame and desire to the position. Jewell will be interesting to watch as he will quickly become a fan favorite. If he can be serviceable in coverage, Jewell has a chance to make some noise in camp for the Broncos.
DaeSean Hamilton will immediately appeal to Emmanuel Sanders fans. He need to improve on his strength but will get a strong look at the slot receiver spot. The tutelage of Sanders and Thomas will be invaluable to Hamilton. There’s a lot of potential in this kid.
Troy Fumagalli is in the mold of Gronk or Olsen. A big, powerful tight end, Fumagalli will have to answer questions about his athleticism. Lots of upside, though for a team that’s been on a tight end search since Julius Thomas’ departure.
Sam Jones has all the right tools in his head. He’s smart and understands his position as well as anyone. He is undersized which is tough to overcome as an NFL guard. If Jones can add size to his 6’5″ frame, he has the intellect to be a special interior lineman.
Keishawn Bierria, another late-round project and another high-motor guy that’s going to have to find another gear to be successful on an NFL defense. The nice thing about the Broncos draft is there is not one player I’d count out and Bierria is another that can cover a ton of athletic deficiency with an iron will and desire.
David Williams is another big running back out of South Carolina/Arkansas. With a little more weight, he may be a surprise contender for a fullback position.
Phillip Lindsay, the Buff alum takes that ferocious will to a level that already has Broncos fans and coaches alike buzzing. Vance Joseph has already tabbed Lindsay to compete for a return spot. I’d expect Lindsay to be on the Broncos opening-day roster. After four years of watching him at CU, it’s hard to count the 5’7″ 200 pound slasher out.