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Reviewing the history: The importance of the mid/late draft picks

I was reading this post written by PaleHorse about our active early draft picks and that made me think... I agree with his thoughts, but then I asked myself: how about the mid/late picks? To answer it, I needed some research. These were my starting points:

1. The 11 past drafts are an enough sample to analyze.
2. Were researched the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th round picks.
3. Years in practice squad were not considered.
4. Blue represents a player who made his initial 5 years contract in NFL or is still in progress to do it.
5. Orange represents a player who stayed more than 5 years in the league.

Follow me after the jump to see the big picture:


2011

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
4 108 Quinton Carter DB Oklahoma 1 1
4 129 Julius Thomas TE Portland State 1 1
6 189 Mike Mohamed LB California 1 1
7 204 Virgil Green TE Nevada 1 1
7 247 Jeremy Beal DE Oklahoma 0 0


2010

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
5 137 Perrish Cox DB Oklahoma State 1 1
6 183 Eric Olsen C Notre Dame 1 2
7 225 Syd'Quan Thompson DB California 2 2
7 232 Jammie Kirlew DE Indiana 0 1


2009

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
4 114 David Bruton DB Notre Dame 3 3
4 132 Seth Olsen G Iowa 1 3
5 141 Kenny McKinley WR South Carolina 2 r.i.p.
6 174 Tom Brandstater QB Fresno State 1 2
7 225 Blake Schlueter C Texas Christian 0 0


2008

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
4 108 Kory Lichtensteiger C Bowling Green 1 4
4 119 Jack Williams DB Kent State 2 4
5 139 Ryan Torain RB Arizona State 1 3
5 148 Carlton Powell DT Virginia Tech 0 1
6 183 Spencer Larsen LB Arizona 4 4
7 220 Joshua Barrett DB Arizona State 3 4
7 227 Peyton Hillis RB Arkansas 2 4


2007

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
4 121 Marcus Thomas DT Florida 5 5


2006

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
4 119 Brandon Marshall WR Central Florida 4 6
4 126 Elvis Dumervil DE Louisville 6 6
4 130 Domenik Hixon WR Akron 2 6
5 161 Chris Kuper G North Dakota 6 6
6 198 Greg Eslinger C Minnesota 2 2


2005

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
6 200 Chris Myers G Miami (FL) 3 7
7 239 Paul Ernster K Northern Arizona 2 4


2004

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
5 152 Jeff Shoate DB San Diego State 4 4
6 171 Triandos Luke WR Alabama 1 1
6 190 Josh Sewell C Nebraska 3 3
7 225 Matt Mauck QB Louisiana State 1 4
7 247 Brandon Miree RB Pittsburgh 1 2
7 250 Bradlee Van Pelt QB Colorado State 2 2


2003

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
4 108 Quentin Griffin RB Oklahoma 3 4
4 114 Nicholas Eason DT Clemson 1 9
4 128 Bryant McNeal DE Clemson 1 3
5 157 Ben Claxton C Mississippi 0 5
5 158 Adrian Madise WR Texas Christian 1 1
6 194 Aaron Hunt DE Texas Tech 1 1
7 227 Clint Mitchell DE Florida 1 1
7 235 Ahmaad Galloway RB Alabama 2 2


2002

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
4 131 Sam Brandon DB UNLV 5 5
5 144 Herb Haygood WR Michigan State 1 1
6 191 Jeb Putzier TE Boise State 4 7
7 228 Chris Young DB Georgia Tech 3 3
7 231 Monsanto Pope DT Virginia 4 4


2001

Round Overall Player Position College Years in Denver Years in NFL
4 113 Ben Hamilton C Minnesota 9 10
4 120 Nick Harris P California 0 11
6 190 Kevin Kasper WR Iowa 2 6


Total mid/late picks since 2011: 51

4th rounders: 16 (31%)
5th rounders: 9 (18%)
6th rounders: 11 (22%)
7th rounders: 15 (29%)


Players still trying to complete the initial 5 years contract: 13/22 = 59%

4th rounders: 6 (46%)
5th rounders: 0 (00%)
6th rounders: 3 (23%)
7th rounders: 4 (31%)

(Marcus Thomas makes it in the end of this season)


Players who stayed in NFL after the first contract: 10/29 = 35%

4th rounders: 6 (60%)
5th rounders: 1 (10%)
6th rounders: 3 (30%)
7th rounders: 0 (00%)


Players still on the roster: 10/51 = 20%

4th rounders: 5 (50%)
5th rounders: 1 (10%)
6th rounders: 2 (20%)
7th rounders: 2 (20%)



As we can see, the Broncos have a good % number considering the mid/late picks. 1 out of 3 players with at least 6 years in NFL is a huge swat when we talk about scouting late gems. I think we all (football fans in general, not only the Broncos) underestimate too much these picks... but now we can see we should look at it with much more love than we do.

The Denver Broncos have a history of great drafts (Especially '01 and '06) and I hope we can keep it this way. Our new front-office made an outstanding job in 2011, so we are all expecting another great year selecting the rookies. Please EFX, don't disappoint us =) And by the way, now the Brandon Lloyd trade looks even more a good move!

I'd like to read the opinions of you all dudes, since I plan to make a more complete and full round research about our entire draft history.

GO BRONCOS!




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