Good morning, Broncos Country!
What a difference two years makes.
There was talk that John Elway and the Denver Broncos couldn’t buy a good NFL Draft ... even if they had the winning numbers at their disposal. Now, it seems Elway and the Broncos have found the codex. Yes, we still need to see the 2019 class get on the field and play some games, and even see last year’s class put another season together, but most everyone agrees that Elway and Co. nailed it two-straight years.
Aside from setting the franchise up to “win from now on,” it allows us to have some fun.
On the latest MHR Radio Podcast (iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher), Adam Malnati and I were fortunate to have Trevor Sikkema on to review what the Broncos did last week. The guy with WiFi (as he says on his Twitter bio) from The Draft Network, really loved what Elway and Denver did, and how the draft was navigated. So Adam followed up by asking Trevor: Who is your favorite player the Broncos picked?
“I think it’s Drew Lock,” Trevor said. “I think it’s Lock just because (Elway) got him at 42. I mean, I thought Drew Lock was going Top 10, man. And to get him all the way at 42 ... that’s a home run to me. You’re almost never able to sit back that far in your seat and get the quarterback you want. And I think they really did want Drew Lock. But I guess we thought they wanted him more than they really did because they had the opportunity to pick Drew Lock at 20 and didn’t. So they must have really really trusted their intel.
#Broncos fans know how @AdamMalnati16 & I feel about their #NFLDraft. But what does @TampaBayTre think? We dive into Elway's/Denver's draft, as well as your questions (which were worldwide), on the @MileHighReport Radio Podcast. @ApplePodcasts: https://t.co/eDFgJMll7w— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) May 1, 2019
“And I think that’s a key part to the draft and how you navigate it. You’ve got to have good intel on what other teams are going to do because if you’re sitting there at 20 and you know you don’t pick for another 20 picks, and we’re talking about a quarterback that you want, for you to just let him by at 20, pick a tight end and be like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to roll the dice and hopefully Drew Lock will be there.’ That’s tough to do. That takes some balls as a GM. That’s why I’ll say the Drew Lock pick was the most impressive one because of the intel they must have had on the other teams that weren’t going to move up or they weren’t going to be too aggressive for Lock. And then certainly taking their time and picking him where it almost seemed like this was the last chance they were going to have to pick him.
“But they got it done and they got their guy. So anytime you can do something like that ... I think it’s a win for the fit. It’s a win for the player. And a certainly a win for how they navigated the draft.”
It’s hard to argue with Trevor, and we all hope Denver is Locked and Loaded at the quarterback position.
For me, it’s Dalton Risner. You not only bring home the Colorado kid and Broncos fan, you get a guy who can alter the offensive line for the foreseeable future. You then pair Risner with Mike Munchak and Chris Kuper? Holy smokes! Of course you throw in the quality person Risner is, and as I said last week, he exemplifies what a Pat Bowlen Bronco is. Broncos Country can now Rise Up and celebrate Colorado’s own coming home with this awesome shirt from BreakingT.
It’s fun to talk about the success of the last two drafts, but also think about the future of the Broncos. What a difference two years makes.
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