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A list of Denver's defensive drafting over the years


I was struck by a comment that John Elway made during his presser that a team must build through the draft,
so I wanted to do a little research on the Broncos' defensive drafts over the years. 

I am posting, for brevity's sake, only the drafts that it would be possible that a player may still be in the league and
settled on starting at 1995.  (after the jump)

Here is a list of defensive players taken in the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos since 1995:

Yr   -    Rd/Pick    Player                      Position

1995 - 4/124      Ken Brown                    LB
1995 - 4/146      Phil Yeboah-Kodie        LB
1995 - 7/218      Steve Russ                   LB

1996 - 1/15        John Mobley                  LB
1996 - 2/44        Tory James                   DB
1996 - 3/78        Mark Campbell              DT
1996 - 4/122      Darrius Johnson           DB
1996 - 6/181      Tony Veland                  DB

1997 - 1/28        Trevor Pryce                 DE
1997 - 4/124      Cory Gilliard                  DB

1998 - 2/61        Eric Brown                    DB
1998 - 7/219      Nate Wayne                  LB

1999 - 1/31        Al Wilson                       LB
1999 - 2/58        Montae Reagor             DE
1999 - 3/67        Chris Watson               CB
1999 - 5/158      David Bowens              LB
1999 - 5/167      Darwin Brown              DB

2000 - 1/15        Deltha O'Neal               DB
2000 - 2/40        Ian Gold                         LB
2000 - 2/45        Kenoy Kennedy            DB
2000 - 4/101      Jerry Johnson               DT

2001 - 1/24        Willie Middlebrooks      DB
2001 - 2/51        Paul Toviessi               DE
2001 - 3/87        Reggie Hayward          DE

2002 - 3/96        Dorsett Davis               DT
2002 - 4/131      Sam Brandon               DB
2002 - 7/228      Chris Young                 DB
2002 - 7/231      Monsanto Pope            DT

2003 - 2/51        Terry Pierce                 LB
2003 - 4/114      Nick Eason                  DT
2003 - 4/128      Bryant McNeal             DE
2003 - 6/194      Aaron Hunt                  DT
2003 - 7/227      Clint Mitchell                DE

2004 - 1/17        D.J. Williams               LB
2004 - 3/85        Jeremy LeSueur         DB
2004 - 5/152      Jeff Shoate                  DB

2005 - 2/56        Darrent Williams         DB
2005 - 3/76        Karl Paymah               DB
2005 - 3/97        Domonique Foxworth   DB

2006 - 4/126      Elvis Dumervil             DE(LB)

2007 - 1/17        Jarvis Moss                 DE
2007 - 2/56        Tim Crowder               DE
2007 - 4/121      Marcus Thomas          DT

2008 - 4/119      Jack Williams              DB
2008 - 5/148      Carlton Powell             DT
2008 - 6/183      Spencer Larsen           FB/LB
2008 - 7/220      Josh Barrett                 DB

2009 - 1/18        Robert Ayers               DE(LB)
2009 - 2/37        Alphonso Smith           DB
2009 - 2/48        Darcel McBath            DB
2009 - 4/114      David Bruton               DB

2010 - 5/137      Perrish Cox                 DB
2010 - 7/225      Syd'Quan Thompson  DB
2010 - 7/232      Jammie Kirlew             LB

That's the list. 

Now I am no draft guru, but this seems a very underwhelming list, especially on the defensive line, and in terms of players
that actually contributed to the Denver Broncos.

Is it coaching? Is it scouting? Is it lack of continuity? Is it an indifference toward defensive players? 
How have the Broncos gotten to the point they are at on defense?

I am looking forward to your posts in discussion of how the Broncos have fared building a defense throught the draft,
and how the Broncos can do a better job in the future.

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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