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Initial draft grades for the Denver Broncos’ 2018 draft class were high, but NFL analyst Bucky Brooks and Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage continued to laud several of the franchise’s rookies poised to make an impact this season.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

It has been several weeks since the end of the 2018 NFL Draft, but many fans are still elated with the haul of prospects the Denver Broncos were able to acquire. Initial reviews from various outlets gave Denver’s draft class high grades, but the high praise and expectations haven’t slowed down yet. If anything, they appear to be gaining more steam with recent commentary by well-respected football minds Bucky Brooks and Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

Brooks, an analyst for the NFL and college football insider, recently released his 2018 All-Rookie Team. The list features three members of the Broncos’ draft class: defensive end / outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, inside linebacker Josey Jewell and running back Royce Freeman.

According to Brooks, Chubb is a lock for ten or more sacks playing opposite of Von Miller. He also believes that with the ferocious trench players and pass rushers around him, that Jewell is poised to wrack up a ton of tackles in his rookie campaign. Last but not least, states Freeman is a perfect fit for Denver’s offense and should be an impact contributor and help rejuvenate an offense that has been on life support the past two years.

In addition to Brooks’ lofty praise, Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage gave his thoughts on another rookie who he believes can provide an immediate impact for the franchise on the offensive side of the ball — Penn State standout DaeSean Hamilton.

“Well, the Denver Broncos have a new quarterback in Case Keenum and you always need a reliable slot receivers as a quarterback — because you want to know where that receiver is going to be,” mentioned Savage in an interview outlining some of the best selections in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

DaeSean Hamilton from Penn State absolutely fits the bill perfectly. He was sensational here — in and out of his breaks, he couldn’t be covered. He doesn’t have big speed, but he has got incredible savvy and instincts. I think DaeSean Hamilton can make an instant impact there in Denver,” Savage went on to add in regard to Denver’s fourth-round pick.

Hamilton was an under the radar prospect who impressed at the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and made a positive impression with general manager’s, scouts and player personnel executives during this year’s NFL Combine. In his four-year career with the Nittany Lions, Hamilton etched himself into the school’s record books as their all-time receptions leader. While Courtland Sutton was selected two rounds earlier than Hamilton, some believe that Hamilton’s advanced route-running ability and prowess in the slot will allow him to make a bigger impact as a rookie. Either way, with their selections and the hopeful emergece of 2017 third-round pick Carlos Henderson, the Broncos should have much better production at wide receiver compared to the past several seasons.

With the 2017 draft class failing to impress out the gate, the Broncos are hopeful that their most recent picks will fair much better. If so, it should go a long way toward helping them this upcoming season and eventually propel them toward Super Bowl contender status in the near future.

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