Reviewing the Draft - 2003 Edition

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium on stage during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

People always argue if a draft class was good or not and grade it. Most people including me think think that it take 2 or 3 years before you can actually grade a class. Leading up to the draft we will take a look at who the Broncos drafted in the past 10 years. These drafts were conducted by Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels

George Foster - Offensive Tackle - Georgia - 20th Overall

Foster didnt make much of an impact in his rookie year only playing one game. But in 2004 Foster made a huge impact. He played and started every game for the Broncos at right tackle never missing a snap. He was part of the offensive line that set the Broncos franchise record at the time for least sacks given up in a season at 15 and helped Tatum Bell reach his first 100 yard game. In 2005 he again started every game leading the Broncos to the 2nd best rush offense in the league with Tatum Bell and Mike Anderson. In 2007, The Broncos traded Foster and Bell to the Lions for Dre Bly

Terry Pierce - Linebacker - West Texas A & M - 51st Overall

In Pierce's rookie season, Pierce didn't play for the first seven games. When he finally got put into a game, he recorded three tackles. Later on in the season he suffered a torn pectoral muscle and was placed on IR. In 2004 Pierce battled for a starting position.  Unfortunately he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament and lost his chance. He healed by the time the season rolled around but mainly played on special teams and recorded only five tackles. In 2005 he again fought for a starting spot but was waived by the Broncos.

Quentin Griffin - Runningback - Oklahoma - 108th Overall

Quentin was small for a runningback. At 5'7 and 195 pounds he ran a 4.48 40. Griffin played in 10 games for the Broncos in his rookie season starting only one of them. He racked up 345 yards and 3.7 yards per carry. in 2004 he set a Broncos franchise record for must rushing yards in a season opener with a career high 156 yards on 23 carries against the Chiefs. 7 weeks into the season he tore the ACL in his right knee ending his season. The injury caused him to the bottom of the depth chart and released him.

 

Nick Eason - Defensive Tackle - Clemson - 114th Overall

Eason's Bronco career was short lived. He was injured by an achilles injury and his season ended. He was sent to NFL Europe and later waived by the Broncos on the practice squad.

Bryant Mcneal - Defensive Tackle - Clemson - 128th Overall

 

McNeal didn't have much of a Bronco career. He never got into any game and was eventually moved. Tampa Bay picked him up and soon released him. (I'll be honest I couldn't find hardly any information on this guy)

Ben Claxton  - Center - Mississippi - 157th Overall 

Claxton was a 6'2 301 pound center. His career didnt last long here and he was on 4 teams in the 2003 season alone. (Again....could not find anything on this guy)

Adrian Madise - Wide Receiver - TCU - 158th Overall

Madise was a 5'11 195 Pound receiver. Madise in his rookie year was mainly a kick return guy. His highlight was an 83 yard return. In 2004 he was suspended four games for taking a banned substance. He never played another game.

Aaron Hunt - Defensive End - Texas Tech - 194th Overall

Hunt is a 6'3 270 pound defensive end. He never made the final cuts for the Broncos but today is a CFL All Star for the BC Lions.

Clint Mitchell - Defensive End - Florida - 227th Overall

Mitchell was one of many defensive ends drafted by the Broncos in this draft. He was with the team for a full season before being moved to the Amsterdam Admirals. 

Ahmand Galloway - Runningback - Alabama - 235th Overall

Galloway had to sit out the entire 2003 season due to an injury he had at Alabama. He lit it up in NFL Europe and Denver called him, their future. They didn't live by that and traded him later on to the San Diego Chargers.

 

Summary: 

This draft was Awful. Clearly defensive line was a huge need for the team. Mock drafts had us taking Jerome McDougle but he was off the board by the time our pick came around. It's too bad we didn't look at someone like Osi Umenyiora. Either way, can't be too happy with this draft, with most of the players not being in the league anymore let alone playing a couple seasons.

What do you think?

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