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With the Denver Broncos' announcement of undrafted free agent signings sure to come sometime Monday, the bacchanal that was the 2016 NFL Draft is all but in the books.

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Welcome to draft grade season! Now is the time when the punditocracy gets to assess each team's new talent with little repercussion. Heck, even the brain-trust over the years here at MHR has escaped scrutiny when it comes to pontificating about the Denver Broncos draft selections.

That said, I'm doing what I wish many who do this for a living would do. I went into the dark and dusty Mile High Report archives and am bringing you the best quotes from our near-decade of Denver Broncos draft coverage. Time to shine a light on some of these things and let them breathe. Some are eerily spot on and others are hilariously off.

I didn't include any quotes from the last three years because, for some (many?) of the picks the jury is still out.

Draft Class MHR Contributor Commentary
2013 Kyle Montgomery Speaking of pass rushers, my favorite Denver Broncos draft pick in 2013 has to be defensive end Quanterus Smith out of Western Kentucky.
2012 Bronco PH I realized at the Osweiler selection the Broncos weren't exactly drafting Best Player Available (BPA) or even necessarily BPA at a position of need.
2011 Sayre Bedinger In all seriousness, when the Broncos picked Von Miller, they picked easily the best linebacker in the draft, and pound for pound arguably the best athlete in the draft.
2010 T.J. Johnson Josh McDaniels did not trade up for Tim Tebow in the 1st round so that he could throw him into the game for only 4 or 5 gimmick plays. He didn't draft him to become an H-back in the Wild Horses set. And he didn't draft him--contrary to reports--because Tebow is the squeakiest and cleanest poster child the NFL has ever seen. While Tebow might have lips like sugar, he is here because Josh McDaniels intends to make him a starting quarterback at some point in the near future.
2009 Ted Bartlett It's a near certainty that Alphonso Smith will be the nickelback right away, because he has special talent.
2008 John Bena The Broncos most important asset is Jay Cutler. Cutler needs protected and Clady should give Cutler that protection for the next decade. For that, I can't help but be satisfied.
2007 John Bena Jarvis Moss, [Marcus] Thomas' teammate with the Gators called Thomas the most talented player on the team last year. He also went on to say he cried when the Broncos chose Thomas because he knows the type of man Thomas is. This pick will either blow up in Shanny's face or be the type of pick that reminds us why Shanny is called the Mastermind.

Horse Tracks

Need a recap on who the Broncos drafted? Just who did the Broncos draft? Here's a thumbnail sketch on all their picks | Denver Post

The undrafted free agents have yet to be announced by the Broncos, but MHR has been all over it from the start. Check out our tracker. Denver Broncos 2016 College Free Agent Tracker - Mile High Report

With all the new names that are being bandied about following the draft, chances are you've got some questions. The Broncos Senior Digital Reporter Andrew Mason has got some answers in this week's mailbag. Mason's Malibag: Devontae Booker, Justin Simmons, Paxton Lynch and more post-draft thoughts | Denver Broncos

The Salt Lake Tribune gives some love to John Elway. NFL: John Elway gets his quarterback without overpaying | The Salt Lake Tribune

Former Broncos PR guru Jim Saccamano takes a look at how far Elway the player has come to be John Elway the awesome executive. Sundays with Sacco: Elway's transformation retains his drive | Denver Broncos

Man, it feels so good to know that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is STILL kicking himself over missing out on Paxton Lynch...  Although, he was kicking himself after not selecting Johnny Manziel a couple years back. So there's that... Hmmmm.... Jerry Jones still regrets not being more aggressive for Lynch deal | ProFootballTalk

Another pick that I personally love is Devonte Booker. The Denver Post seems to dig it too. Devontae Booker's arrival will lead to more competitive, better Broncos backfield - The Denver Post

USA Today loved our draft. Broncos, Rams two of the teams that should get instant impact from NFL draft | USA TODAY

How about that fullback the Broncos drafted? Scout takes a closer look at him. The Denver Broncos Hope Nebraska FB Andy Janovich Is Their Answer At The Position - Nebraska - Scout

The Washington Post also thought Denver did well. Complete 2016 NFL draft grades: Jaguars, Broncos, Rams strike it rich - The Washington Post

The writing is on the wall for the name of the Broncos stadium. It doesn't make sense to pay for naming rights on a stadium when there are no more stores for folks to shop at. Sports Authority closing all stores nationwide | New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

Could the Broncos be getting new helmets? Let's hope not. By the looks of things in this article, they would be black. Eeeeew Are the Denver Broncos getting new helmets in 2016? (Photo) | Fansided

Former Broncos coach John Fox and the Chicago Bears wasted little time in axing a couple of players following the draft. Bears part ways with Matt Slauson, too | ProFootballTalk

Philly's patience appears to be on the wane with Sam Bradford. Bradford could blow starting job if he stays away too long | ProFootballTalk

If Broncos players can still rock Terrell Davis' #30 and Steve Atwater/Darrent Williams #27, having someone wear Marshawn Lynch's #24 shouldn't be a big deal. I guess when you're a Seahawks fan 'good enough' makes you an all-time great. Baldwin to Carroll: Don't let rookies wear Lynch's 24 - NFL.com