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Patrick Daugherty of rotoworld.com ranked all 32 NFL General Managers in the league from first to last. Let's take a look at where Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway ranks on this list and why.

First let's take a look at the top five general managers listed.

  1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
  2. Ozzie Newsome, Baltimore Ravens
  3. John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks
  4. Ted Thompson, Green Bay Packers
  5. John Elway, Denver Broncos

Thoughts:

I cannot argue about any of these General Managers being listed ahead of Elway. Belichick, Newsome, Schnieder and Thompson all have at least one Super Bowl Ring. These men are the reason why their teams are competitive year in and year out. These guys are the best in the business.

Now onto Elway. Here is what Daugherty had to say about Elway's General Manager career thus far.

Subtlety is not John Elway’s strength. Elway excels at something much louder — finding impact players. From his first first-rounder (Von Miller) to his first quarterback (Peyton Manning), Elway has hit home run after home run. There have been underrated free agents (Brandon Marshall, Terrance Knighton, Emmanuel Sanders), unheralded rookies (Chris Harris, C.J. Anderson) and big-ticket signings (Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward). They’ve all done their job, turning the Broncos into the decade’s best team yet to win a Super Bowl. Elway may never get his just due as an executive if the Manning Era comes and goes without a title, but he’s brought game to match his name in the Broncos’ front office.

I agree with every bit of this. Elway has found impact players from free agency, the draft and even from undrafted free agency. He has come through and made some big splashy free agent signings(Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware, Wes Welker, Aqib Talib, Emmanuel Sanders, T.J. Ward) and has hit on some big names in the draft(Von Miller, Orlando Franklin, Malik Jackson, Julius Thomas, Danny Trevathan, Virgil Green, Bradley Roby, Derek Wolfe, Rahim Moore). He has even found talent in the undrafted free agent pool and some "no-name free agents"(Chris Harris Jr., C.J. Anderson, and Brandon Marshall). The Broncos have also won the AFC West four straight years under Elway, they have made the postseason four straight years under Elway, and have one Super Bowl appearance.

Elway has made some mistakes during his time. Questionable draft day trades where the Broncos appear to be the losers in the deal. While I don't view Elway's draft classes to be bad, he has had a few misses. Quarterback Brock Osweiler is still a major unknown is Elway's General Manager legacy. He was pinned as the quarterback of the future but has yet to start a game because of Peyton Manning. Osweiler's success or failure will sway people's opinion on Elway.

Overall I believe Elway has done a great job as a GM. He's signed impact players, drafted alright and has the Broncos winning. The key for me going forward will be finding a quarterback post-Manning and the success of Gary Kubiak.

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