Drew Lock is like a kid on Christmas morning with all of these new toys.
After taking what many analysts consider the best receiver in the NFL Draft in Jerry Jeudy with the No. 15 pick, John Elway decides to add another potential weapon in Penn State’s KJ Hamler in the second round. The speedster adds the Benjamin Allbright Orange and Blur, just a different iteration.
I said after the pick of Jeudy that this offense has the potential to be scary good. Now? To steal a line from Trevor Sikkema, it’s a damn cheat code with Courtland Sutton, Jeudy and Hamler as the receivers.
We had a feeling Elway wanted to build the offense in the draft, but no one saw the Denver Broncos going receiver-receiver with their first two picks. After the initial shock of the selection wore off, excitement took over. Again.
And that is before mentioning Noah Fant, Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay. The AFC West is about to turn into a damn track meet.
I don’t know if Elway and Denver have closed the gap between the Kansas City Chiefs in a major way, but the games will be a hell of a lot more entertaining than they have been the last five years. I would certainly take this current Broncos offense over any since at least Week 2 of the 2015 season.
k this Hamler TD is just plain silly— Ryan Greene (@RyanCBS4) April 25, 2020
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As I write this, I just can’t shake how foreign it is to feel excited about Denver’s offense. That’s how long it’s been. Yes, Lock and all of these weapons now have to do it on the field. Pat Shurmur has to create an offense that plays off Lock’s strengths and puts all of these weapons in a position to have success. But right now, after the first three rounds of the draft, my goodness.
To skip over the first of the third-round picks for Denver, Elway finds incredible value with the selection of LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry III. Some analysts had him as the second-ranked interior offensive lineman in the draft. Elway gets him with the No. 83 pick? Yes, please.
What was somewhat humorous was to see the initial overreaction from some when the Broncos selected Hamler in the second round when they thought Denver should have targeted offensive line. It’s safe to say Elway played it perfectly.
As Jeff Essary said, “I’ll gladly eat my words on Hamler. Denver comes out looking genius in this draft so far. No way Hamler lasts until No. 77 so grabbing him at No. 46 was a good move, and they STIILL get Cushenberry.”
Right now, I’m most excited about the Cushenberry pick. Denver now has an interior offensive line that, gasp, has potential to be really, really good. I absolutely freaking love the Cushenberry selection and the fact they got him with the second of their third-round picks is insane value.
As for the first of those picks, I’ll defer to the experts and Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. I’ve admitted my knowledge on college football prospects fits in the thimble from Monopoly. Based on what the analysts and experts said, Iowa cornerback Michael Ojemudia is a great fit for Denver’s defense. Jon Ledyard said it’s “such a Broncos pick. Played almost all zone in tape I watched, but tough dude who will tackle. Fangio getting his type.”
Add in Ojemudia’s speed and intelligence, and you can see why the Broncos made the choice. Just look at the division Denver plays in, and a corner with that speed, explosiveness and agility could be incredibly useful. And, as I said, I’ll trust Fangio and defensive coordinator Ed Donatell when it comes to mid-round corners.
Elway and the Broncos wrapped up the second day of the draft with the selection of Arkansas defensive lineman McTelvin Agim. Cecil Lammey with 104.3 FM called Agim one of his favorite sleepers in the draft. Lammey said that Agim has violent striking hands, flexible for a 300-pound man, stays low, team captain, smart. Johah Tuls added that Denver gets a high-upside player with tremendous pass rush potential.
The fact Elway and the Broncos will likely come away with two starters in the second and third rounds (even if Hamler doesn’t start he will see significant playing time) is an incredible Day Two.