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Broncos’ 2018 draft class earns highest grade in AFC West

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The Denver Broncos’ 2018 draft class received high praise from NFL.com’s Nick Shook.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

The 2018 Denver Broncos campaign didn’t have a lot of memorable moments. However, the contributions of the franchise’s rookies were certainly one of them. While many would acknowledge it’s quite premature to grade a class before any prospect sees a single snap in the National Football League, the Broncos’ 2018 draft class was immediately lauded by draft analysts last April.

In turn, the lofty praise led to high expectations across Broncos Country. Without question, all of us were hoping for greater contributions from this year’s class compared to the lackluster 2017 draft — one that will likely go down as the worst in John Elway’s as general manager. Yet it’s safe to say that this year’s class didn’t disappoint.

Whether it was the impact sacks by Bradley Chubb, the rushing prowess of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman or the big-play potential displayed by receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton — this year’s crop of contributors appear to be quite special and should provide the franchise with a great foundation for the future.

A lot of people have taken notice and NFL.com’s Around the NFL Writer Nick Shook gave the Broncos’ rookies an A- grade — highest among all teams in the AFC West. Shook will be doing a breakdown like this for all the divisions, so it will be interesting to see how Denver’s class ranks league-wide. So Broncos Country, what grade would you give the 2018 draft class based on their first-year contributions? Sound off in the comments section about their play this year, as well as what you hope to see from them next season.

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