*************2016 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.26 Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

It was obvious that the Seahawks were going to get out of this pick, but I didn't actually think that the Broncos were going to pull the trigger. I don't love Lynch- but he fell in to the dream scenario.


2.63 Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech

I don't quite get the hype that Gotsis is carrying, but he is a solid enough value and helps fill a need at some depth.

3.98 Justin Simmons, S, BC

People are going to remember this pick. Simmons is a huge talent that should not have lasted this long.


I don't like Paxton Lynch, and I fear that he will be forced in too soon, but if you are going to get forced in why not be forced into an offense that just won a Superbowl without a QB.

*************2015 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.23 Shane Ray, DE/LB, Mizzou

I am actually ok with them trading a little bit up to get a talent like this. He has the potential to be a 3rd major pass rusher next year, but he also give them a guy in the future to nail it.


2.59 Ty Sambraillo, OT, Colorado State

He can jump in right away, and will add an extra safety net for Peyton. This is a little early, but can't complain.


3.92 Jeff Heuerman, TE/FB, Ohio State

Don't be surprised if he acts in some sort of FB role. He is primarily a blocker, and he instantly helps the team.


4.133 Max Garcia, OC, Florida

5.164 Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane

6.203 Darius Kilgo, NT, Maryland

7.250 Tervor Siemian, QB, Northwestern

7.251 Taurean Nixon, DB, Tulane

7.252 Josh Furman, DB, OK State


I love the Shane Ray pick, and like that the team added some blocking depth. With the window closing quickly I wish there were a couple of other playmakers late, but overall not bad.

*************2014 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.31 Bradley Roby, CB, OSU

Good pick here. He should be able to plug in right away at nickel, he is a good value, and he fits the win now spot.


2.56 Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

I really don't understand the Latimer hype, but I am happy with the pick at the end of the 2nd. 


3.95 Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan

Not so much. Schofield is a reach here, and while I love the idea behind getting depth, you should look for good depth.


5.156 Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU

6.207 Matt Paradis, C, Boise State

7.242 Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma


Eh. The team added depth, but didn't really find anything that will put them over the top. There isn't a whole lot that will instantly help them, and they didn't have a lot that will help them post Peyton.

*************2013 NFL DRAFT GRADES************

1.28 Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

Williams should have gone sooner in the draft, but all of the defensive tackles fell. This helped Denver snag a good one.


2.58 Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

I wouldn't touch Ball this early because he had way too many touches in college, but he was a fair value to most people here, and the team is getting that much better on offense.

3.90 Kayvon Webster, CB, USF

I never thought that Webster would go this early. He has a lot of potential and plays with some grit, but he should not be a 3rd round pick at all.


5.146 Quanterus Smith, DE, WKU

I love Smith and his potential, but he will likely start the season on the PUP list as he recovers from a knee injury.

5.161 Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
6.173 Vinston Painter, OT, Virginia Tech

7.234 Zac Dysart, QB, Miami (OH)


Nope, I just don't see this draft as a good one. Their first pick of Sylvester Williams was awesome, but they then forgot to fill their big needs, and reached on guys that may be able to help later. That's not what a Super Bowl Contender with a 37-year old QB needs.

 *************2012 NFL DRAFT GRADES************  

2.36 Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati

First off, the Broncos did an ok job moving back 11 spots to end up with a very early 4th round pick. They could have done more though. With that said, there were too many good defensive tackles that were safer/better than Wolfe who was a sleeper pick at 5-tech. Overall not a terrible pick, but it is ok.


2.57 Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State


The Broncos who are a win-now team decided to take their 2nd round pick and draft a very raw quarterback for the future. It's something the Colts should have done a long time ago, but it became very clear that Peyton does not want to mold a guy to replace him, and would rather devote every second to winning now.


2.67 Ronnie Hillman, RB, SD State

The team had to trade their late 4th round pick to move up to select a 3rd down running back. I like building weapons around Peyton, but there were better weapons, better rushers, and better players to take.

4.101 Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State

Bolden is a guy with top-40 potential, so to get him here is a great value for a team that actually needs some corner help.


4.108 Phillip Blake, OC, Baylor

I like the pick, but I don't love it. The team needs some extra help on their line, but I think this is a slight overreaction to not getting Jeff Saturday.


5.137 Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee

I feel bad for Malik Jackson who was called DeMalik Jackson by the NFL Network and Mark Jackson by ESPN in a 5-minute period. In all reality he is a solid pick here.


6.188 Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky

Trevathan is actually a guy that was a sleeper for a ton of people. I actually tend to agree that he is a great value here in the 6th round.



If you read my other grades, you will see that I often bring up the number of starters that the teams got. Well the Broncos walked out with one. They also walked out with a backup QB, a 2nd or 3rd string RB, and some late round depth. This Broncos team needed to add as much talent that they could find, and it just felt like Elway was in rebuilding mode instead of get--Peyton-Manning-weapons-so-that-we-can-win-now-because-Indy-didn't-do-that-for-him mode.

*************2011 NFL DRAFT GRADES************ 

1.2 Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

I almost want to be careful with the judgment of this pick so I don't hurt feelings. But Von Miller is a pass rusher that is a linebacker in the 3-4 because of the 3-4 scheme. In the 4-3 he isn't worth a top-20 pick because he won't be used as a pass rusher. Robert Ayers didn't work in the 3-4 because he only fit as a 4-3 DE. So why move back to the 4-3 and take a 3-4 only player?


2.45 Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

Can't complain here though. The team gets the best safety in the class (although might prefer the other safety spot) and a guy that can compete in the future.


2.46 Orlando Franklin, OG/T, Miami

This is a pick I actually love. Franklin is intriguing as an offensive tackle, and he goes to a team that won't look at him as a LT and maybe a better fit either at RT or OG.


3.67 Nave Irving, MLB, NC State

A fair value and a guy with good potential here. Also fills a fair need.


4.108 Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma

Carter was a 2nd round safety in a lot of mocks, so getting him at the top of the 4th is a great value.

4.129 Julius Thomas, TE, Portland State

The Broncos had reportedly loved Thomas, so it makes sense that they got him. He is a huge upside guy and could end up a steal.

6.189 Mike Mohamed, MLB, California

I'm ok with Mohamed, but this is the 2nd middle linebacker for a 4-3 team that could have used DL depth.
7.204 Virgil Green, TE, Nevada

Another all-potential tight end, but the value here in the 7th is phenomenal.

Draft Grade B+

I don't love the Von Miller pick, but he will start. I actually wouldn't be shocked to see all four start on day one, so four starters is a good draft.


I think when I got caught up with the Broncos draft I think I made the mistake of loving a lot of the guys they picked, and the fact that they may have found four starters. But from all accounts it doesn't matter who they took because they would be a starter. But when your team needs arguably four replacements on the defensive line then I don't quite understand why you ignore it the whole draft. The team did do a lot to address the back seven this offseason, but with no defensive line in a pretty good rushing division then I don't know what you are doing. On offense I love a lot of the picks including both tight ends, but I'm not sold that this team will gel without a consistent rushing threat and stability at QB