The NFL announced its list of 330 prospects. To make it easier to look for a name, and get an analysis by the NFL, we’ve broken it down by position to save you time. Please note, some positions by the NFL are different than what you may think the player should be at, so if you don’t find a name, look for him at a different spot. Clicking on any name will take you to his page with full details on his size, strengths, weaknesses and projected draft round.
After checking out these breakdowns, vote below in our poll.
Here’s a breakdown of the scores.
|9.0 - 10||Once-in-lifetime player|
|8.00 - 8.99||Perennial All-Pro|
|7.50 - 7.99||Future All-Pro|
|7.00 - 7.49||Pro Bowl-caliber player|
|6.50 - 6.99||Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player|
|6.00 - 6.49||Should become instant starter|
|5.50 - 5.99||Chance to become NFL starter|
|5.20 - 5.49||NFL backup or special teams potential|
|5.01 - 5.19||NFL backup or special teams potential|
|5.00||50-50 Chance to make NFL roster|
|4.75 - 4.99||Should be in an NFL training camp|
|4.50 - 4.74||Chance to be in an NFL training camp|
Neither Chris Harris, Jr., nor Will Parks were invited to the combine. About 15% of NFL players aren’t invited, so this system is far from perfect. John Elway spotted the talent, anyway. Some players will rise or lower their potential round through the combine, so look for scores to change.
I stuck my lap top GM notes on players we could target. Instead of rounds, I used picks because some players could go in a round different from our pick.
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First pick is Dalvin Cook. Dak Prescott did so well because he had Ezekiel Elliott. Want to help a young QB out? Give him a stud RB. Other names Denver could target in the second or third rounds could be, Hunt, Foreman, Perine and Williams. Don’t hate me, but McCaffrey, to me, isn’t built to be a three down back. He’s a razzle guy. If he was a slot, I’d take him there. BTW, in 2014, the Broncos had: Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, CJ Anderson, Kapris Bibbs, Juwan Thompson and Jeremy Stewart.
We have four TE’s. Some could be good, go here as to why, so I wouldn't draft one in the first. He won’t be any better if we don’t get a better RB. Want to help our TE’s besides having a QB who wants to throw between the seams? Have a stud RB.
Outside the obvious OJ Howard first, or even Njoku, look for later picks; Roberts, Sprinkle, Kittle.
Slot/returner is what we need. Switzer, Scott, Westbrook, Adams.
3rd or 4th pick. Tossing a couple names in here that we could go earlier. Walker, Wormley, Smoot, Rivers, Kpassagnon
We need an inside linebacker. Not a fan of any of the listed inside guys. Am listing all three charts together, plus tossing an outside guy in since he could be moved inside depending on the package. Nickerson, Lee, Cunningham, Anderson.
A list of a few names for the Defensive Line. Good players in this group. Tomlinson, Wormley, Watkins, Vanderdoes, Glasgow, Taylor, Godchaux, Adams, Tu’ikolovatu
As a reminder, a player is listed where the NFL put them. This means some may have played tackle as a senior, but is listed as a Guard. There really aren’t many NFL quality Tackles, most are really guards. Would be surprised if we take any before the 4th pick. Obviously, Elway will want Paxton Lynch to start, so assuming he gets his wish, rookies on the line isn’t great idea. Most need a year or two, so anyone selected most likely will be someone we develop. Moton, Toth, Johnson. Robinson, Ramzcyk, Feeney and Lamp will be gone.
Of all positions, OFFENSIVE TACKLES are the LEAST LIKELY TO START week one. Any pick will be likely be groomed for NEXT YEAR. This choice is not an immediate impact player.
By now, you know the drill concerning defensive backs and how the NFL has designated their positions. This is CB group is considered a deep class. However, not sure how many good ones fall to the 5th or 6th round. This could be ok since we have a year or two to develop one. That’s why we could pick one of these: Lewis, Wilson, Elder or about anyone in these lists. Or go big and aim for the top with Tabor or Humphrey.
Non-designated Defensive Backs
some good names on this list, but we have four, so it would need to be a late round guy to develop.
We could take a LS as our last pick, if we stick with 8-10.
|Butker, Harrison||K||Georgia Tech||ACC|
|Gonzalez, Zane||K||Arizona State||Pac-12|
|Hunt, Hayden||P||Colorado St.||Mountain West|
|Johnston, Cameron||P||Ohio St.||Big Ten|
|Rehkow, Austin||P||Idaho||Sun Belt|
Quarterbacks. Elway has taken a 7th rounder twice, but we have other pressing needs, plus a seventh rounder on this list, should be an undrafted guy picked up as a camp arm. I see this list as a pass.
Here’s to hoping who we want from this list joins the Denver Broncos in a few months!