Was the Denver Broncos draft, a haul or an empty hull?

Kevin, The Magnificent, gave DBZ his 411 on how The Duke and his crew did. The editor of this site has a slight difference of opinion on one of our selections (ūüćĘ).

Without further ado…

Round 1, Pick 20 (No. 20 overall) Garett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah(PAC12):

While he has a bit of a checkered past, one can hope that he has finally found the maturity to put those issues behind him. The thing that stands out on the field is that he seems to have a set of stones and a mean streak to match. Unfortunately, that has led to the yellow laundry being dropped, but like with Aqib Talib, you have live and die with it, but hopefully he can cut the penalties out without taking away from his mean streak.

Hopefully, going against Von Miller and the other members of the vaunted front seven will get him acclimated with the speed of the NFL. It is¬†vastly different from what he faced week to week in the PAC-10. He’s raw and will likely be plugged in at LT from day one. If he stays there for 8+ years, then it becomes a great pick.

Round 2, Pick 19 (No. 51) DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State(ACC):

In a way, John Elway is simply stocking the pond with this pick. Walker is a guy that won’t be expected to start from day one but will certainly see plenty of time in sub packages and keeping fresh legs on the field. He will contribute during his first year and his playing time will only increase.

His presence on the field should help draw some of the attention away from Von Miller so that Miller can chase and hit the quarterback more often.

(Editor’s comment: if he replaces Jared Crick any time soon, this is a great pick even beyond being a great pick. Go Jax and FSU)

Round 3, Pick 18 (No. 82) Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech(CUSA):

Henderson will likely get an early nod as the starting kick returner and will see his share of looks at wide receiver. He’s versatile enough that he could possibly line up in the backfield (all-state running back in high school) and shift out. Like any young receiver, the key is consuming the offense, an area that Cody Latimer has continually struggled with. His 16 catches in three seasons attests to this. If Henderson or Isaiah McKenzie (5th round pick) take to the offense quickly, Latimer could easily find himself on the roster bubble.

Round 3, Pick 37 (No. 101) Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar(Southland:

This is another example of Elway stocking the pond. Langley won’t be expected to start from day 1 and will be able to learn from the “No Fly Zone” as he gets reps and progresses. He’ll contribute as a cover guy on special teams¬†and will compete at returning kicks. He’s raw and hasn’t faced the talent that he’ll face on Sundays. He’s big, fast and strong, but will butter his bread on special teams early on.

Round 5, Pick 1 (No. 145) Jake Butt, TE, Michigan(Big 10)

The talent was too good to pass up. The question of recovery time will be there until he’s actually on the field going full speed. This is easily a risk/reward type pick. It’s 5th round and the team drafted 1st/2nd round talent. One has to like the fire in Butt saying he wouldn’t change a thing by playing in Michigan’s bowl game. Unfortunately, he got injured but he’s landed in a better spot than say if he was 100% healthy and drafted higher to say the Bears, Browns or Jets.

He might start the season on the PUP (physically unable to perform list), but he says his recovery is ahead of schedule so time will tell.

(Editor’s note: to show I’m not a complete homer, will say Butt is hurt because¬†FSU made a bogus¬†hit on him)

Round 5, Pick 29 (No. 172) Isaiah McKenzie, WR, Georgia(SEC)

McKenzie is a Swiss Army Knife type pick. He’ll get his looks at wide receiver and he’ll compete for the kick return job; he’ll likely be used in covering kicks, as well. The more versatile you are, the better off you are when it comes to the later rounds of the draft.

He’s a smaller guy and will likely see more time at the slot than out wide and the more he can do, the better off he will be.

Round 6, Pick 19 (No. 203) De’Angelo Henderson, RB, Coastal Carolina(Sun Belt/Big South):

Henderson is another player from the FCS, a highly decorated FCS football player who was twice a finalist for the Walter Payton Award (Offensive POY). It will be interesting to see how he performs in the preseason. He might find a spot on the roster, but the practice squad might be his initial home once training camp breaks. Unfortunately for him, he may have dropped a spot on the depth chart after the Jamaal Charles signing.

Round 7, Pick 35 (No. 253) Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss(SEC):

It’s easy to see the risk/reward in this pick. He’s coming off some injuries, has had a lifetime of¬†off the field issues and there is always the chance he will never see the field. He could be a guy that eventually impresses others enough during the preseason and is moved for a draft pick. As for the off the field issues, and while I respect Jim Kelly as a Hall of Fame QB, what uncle isn’t going to give a former rival a glowing recommendation?

As for the injuries, he seems to think he’ll be ready to go, but the PUP list is always an option.

Deshawn Watson was QB that was drafted with the 12th pick by the Houston Texans. He went 1-1 vs. Alabama over his final two years at Clemson. Watson went 66/103 for 827 yards and threw 7 td passes and an interception while adding 116 yards on the ground and a touchdown, as his team scored 75 points in two games. Chad Kelly faced Alabama twice the past two years as well, also going 1-1 vs. the Crimson Tide. He was 44/73 for 762 yards he tossed 6 td passes without an interception, added 63 yards on the ground and a touchdown run but did have two costly fumbles that contributed to the ’16 loss. His team put up 86 points vs. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide in the two games. Just throwing that out as a reference. The kid has talent, he has the genes, but he has two obstacles to over come. Maturity and staying healthy.

(Editor’s note: He also collapsed in the second half against the pass rush of FSU and threw three interceptions.¬†Lost a fumble, plus was sacked five times {by DeMarcus Walker}, each time for losses. Had three passes deflected. He threw¬†160 less yards than freshman Deondre Francois, in the 45-34 loss.)


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