I spent a little time this afternoon looking up various sources to see what they had to say about the draft. Many outlets have not graded the draft yet. I expect more out tonight (like Peter King's MMQB) and tomorrow, but here's what I found so far:
Clifton Brown for The Sporting News B+
"Von Miller and Rahim Moore will upgrade a defense that desperately needs it, and Orlando Franklin will help the offensive line."
Brian Shannon (featured columnist) for Bleacher Report A-
"The Broncos drafted the best linebacker in this draft or any draft in the last 10 years by grabbing the outside linebacker from Texas A&M, Von Miller. We initially doubted this pick but after sitting on it, we love the match of Miller and Broncos head coach John Fox.
Rahim Moore started off the second round for Denver after a trade with the 49ers, and we love that pick. Moore is a great athlete with the range to make plays. He will be a replacement for Brian Dawkins.
Picking back-to-back, thanks to trades, the Broncos draft a right tackle to replace free agent Ryan Harris. Orlando Franklin is another good, solid value pick that fills a need.
Nate Irving is a really nice pick in Round 3. As the Broncos move to the 4-3 defense, they'll need players like Sheppard.
You have to like John Elway's first draft."
Rob Rang for CBSSports.com B-
"Had the Denver Broncos not been lacking defensive tackles on their roster and their draft class, their efforts over the three days of the 2011 Draft would rank higher. The addition of pass rusher Von Miller -- an immediate candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors -- certainly boosts their grade. So does the fact the Broncos were able land UCLA free safety Rahim Moore in the in the second round. Moore, the top-rated free safety by NFLDraftScout.com, should be aided by the assistance of veteran Brian Dawkins. The Broncos could see an immediate impact from big, burly offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, their third-round choice. Of the Broncos' late-round selections, Portland State tight end Julius Thomas is the most intriguing. Thomas is the latest former basketball player to attempt the conversion to the gridiron."
Mel Kiper B
"The addition of Von Miller as a no-brainer because he can be the defensive rookie of the year; Rahim Moore, the first safety off the board, was great value; and Nate Irving "could be a steal." However, he does have concerns over the lack of defensive line help. So Kiper gives a 'C+" for addressing team needs, but a "B+" for getting value."
Randy Covitz for Kansas City Star A
"The sack-starved Broncos pair ’09 NCAA sack leader Miller with ’09 NFL sack leader Elvis Dumervil, who missed all of last season. Moore, a ballhawk, will be heir apparent to Brian Dawkins, 38, while Irving has big-play potential in new 4-3 defense. Franklin will move from LT to a guard. Carter will have impact on special teams. Thomas is another converted basketball player hoping to be the next Tony G or Antonio Gates."
Adam Caplan for Fox Sports C+
"While Miller is a great player, he would be better off at defensive end rather than outside linebacker. Most personnel evaluators believe he would be a better fit for a 3-4 defense than Denver's 4-3."
Where would you rate the Broncos 2011 draft?
A+ I'm drunk on the Elway & Co. Kool-Aid!! (28 votes)
A Have to like Elway's first draft. (142 votes)
B+ The defense is greatly upgraded. (176 votes)
B Not a bad draft, but WTF, what about defensive tackles? (85 votes)
C Picked the wrong guys for our system (2 votes)
D D?? How about F for Fail? How about L for Losers!?! (1 vote)
434 total votes