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Unexpected Surprises Equals A Solid Draft; Bronco’s Country Should Be Pleased

By Johnathon Gillham

Country Should Be Pleased. 

The Denver Broncos just achieved a great draft. Not only does the front office get my stamp of approval, but many other sources are applauding Denver’s Draft. For Instance, According to NextGenStats; the Denver Broncos were ranked the best draft. (See Image). Pro Football Focus gave Denver an A (plus). As draft grades continue to pour; I expect many sources to favor the Broncos Draft. 

Let’s Dive into the draft.

First Round (Pick 15): Jerry Jeudy, WR from Alabama. Jeudy was widely considered by many sources as the best wide receiver in the draft. I have watched him and I would call him deceptively fast. He does not possess elite speed (4.45 40 time). However, this is still a fast receiver. Jeudy possesses polished route running skills. He can run more routes on the route tree than many college players. His crisp route running gives him quick breaks making him deceptively fast. Jeudy has the potential to be a number 1 receiver. Yes, that means Sutton and Jeudy become a dual threat. 

Second Round  (Pick 46): KJ Hamler, WR from Penn State. I will be honest I didn’t like this pick. However, I am not a scout. Hamler can be the kick returner the Denver Broncos haven’t had since Trindon Holiday. He’s also very raw but he can run. He was a touchdown machine Penn State with burner speed. His versatility was seen with an array of touchdowns including running, RPO, and passing touchdowns. He has a lot of upside to be a slot and deep threat. However, this depends on how he will handle pro coaching. I fully expect him to be the Broncos Kick or Punt Returner this upcoming season. 

Third Round (Pick 77) Michael Ojemudia, CB from Iowa. I like it, he has upside to be a starter after a few seasons. He’s got set to be a starter NFL (6’1” 200 lb and 4.45 40 time.) He’s got the body to physical with receivers and the speed to get burned. I think his upside will come as he is an honor role student. He will hopefully develop into a starting corner. However, I fully expect him to only play special teams and maybe dime package looks.

(Pick 83) Loyd Cushenberry, C from LSU. The Broncos get a starting center and plugged a hole. Cushenberry helped protect Joe Borrow and is from the Championship team. The Broncos also possess one the best offensive line coaches in the NFL; Mike Munchak. I expect him to start from day 1. 

(Pick 96) Mctelvin Aglm, DL from Arkansas.  Broncos add depth to the Defensive line. Hopefully he develops into a starter within a couple years. Until then, I expect him to play a limited role as rotational lineman. 

Rest of Draft Rounds 4-7. 

TE Albert Okwuegbunam

LB Justin Strnad, Wake Forest 

G Netane Muti, Fresno State

WR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida 

EDGE Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State 

Many of these later round prospects have potential. TE Okwegbunam was QB Drew Lock’s teammate at Missouri and connected on many touchdowns. G Muti was considered by many a second-round draft grade but fell due to injury history. EDGE Tuszka is raw with tremendous upside and adds depth the Broncos small pass rusher room. 

Overall seems to be a great draft. However, it is way to early and to hard to predict if these players will pan out. Only true NFL action will demonstrate if they were worth their picks.