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
1997 - 1/28 Trevor Pryce DE
1997 - 4/124 Cory Gilliard DB
1998 - 2/61 Eric Brown DB
1998 - 7/219 Nate Wayne LB
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
2006 - 4/126 Elvis Dumervil DE(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.