The Broncos grabbed Q. Smith in the 5th last year knowing that he would be unavailable for most/all of the season. Prior to his injury he was leading the NCAA in sacks and was being touted as a premier pass rushing specialist. The jury is still out on the "success" of the selection, but I personally am expecting at the least, production equal to a 5th round product.
In the mold of Q. Smith, drafting quality prospects that have/should fall due to recent injuries, who should be on the Broncos radar? A. Colvin CB, D. Easley DT, B. Thomas OT/G, Z. Mettenberger QB. Others? These players should all fall due to injuries, but all are, aside from Colvin, late first round players. Debatable is the "need" for the Broncos, but mid to late season availability for everyone listed should command our attention.
Modern science should allow for these players to return to their former selves, barring setbacks and everyone listed has unique, natural ability at their positions. Picking so late in each round this year and in the foreseeable future leads me to believe that grabbing players, albeit injured players, with high round grades should be something the Broncos brass and our fan base should consider.
Are the risks worth the rewards?
What other prospects fit this description?