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First Drafted Offense in Over 20 Years


First Drafted Offense in Over 20 Years

In today’s Denver Post there is an article on the rehabbing offensive line, and the new faces that will be taking their place when not healthy.  Besides having many young players on the offensive line I have noticed a change at the way the Denver Broncos are being built.  After watching the 97 Broncos from NFL Network’s Americas Game series, I heard something that really surprised me.  On offense only one first round player that Denver drafted was starting.  Ironically, because of Shanahan’s poor draft history on D,  the defense had a higher number of Denver 1st round draftees starting.  So out of roughly 13 guys only 1 was a first round prospect.  That man of course was Elway.  This is how Shanahan likes to build his teams.  Free Agents and overachieving low round draft picks are his method.  Josh McDaniels looks like he prefers the draft.   In fact we may have the first all Denver drafted offense in the last 20 years with nine early round prospects.  Granted Daniel Graham is still a starter on the team, but who knows where he will be after this season.  Even so it's a very differenlty built team than we have seen in a long time.

1997 Broncos Offense

QB =Elway – 1st round

RB = Davis – 6th round

FB = Griffith- FA

WR = R. Smith- FA

WR =E. McCaffery- FA

WR = Willie Green- FA

TE = Sharpe – 7th round

RG = Shlereath- FA

LG = Diaz-Infante- FA

LT = Zimmerman- FA

RT = Jones - FA

C = Nalen – 7th round

 

2010-11 Broncos Offense *possible starters by 2011

QB =*Tebow – 1st round

RB = Moreno – 1st round

WR = *D. Thomas - 1st round

WR =*E Decker -- 3rd Round

WR = E Royal – 2nd Round

TE = *Quinn – 2nd Round

RG = *Beadles – 2nd Round/ Olsen – 5th Round

LG = Kuper 5th Round

LT = Clady- 1st Round

RT = Harris – 4th Round

C =* Walton – 3rd Round

 

 

Last all drafted offense was 1989

1990 Broncos Offense

QB =Elway – 1st round

RB = Humphrey – 1st round Supp

FB= J Alexander – UDFA by Denver

WR = Jackson- 6st round

WR =V. Johnson- 2nd  round

TE = Kay- 7th  round

 TE = O. Mobley – 6th round

LG = Widell- 2nd  round

RG = Bishop- 6th round

LT = Perry - 2nd  round

RT = Laner – 5th  round

C = Kartz – 7th round

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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