Before heading off the bed tonight, I decided to take a peak around the national media to see how they were grading the Day 2 selections by the Denver Broncos. I was pleasantly surprised to find them heaping praise on the picks.
Heading into Day 2, I had my attention focused entirely on running backs, tight ends, and centers. With a cornerback there too. The draft went in a completely different direction, but even then I came away very pleased with the picks overall.
Getting into the draft grades, Pro Football Network called the Broncos’ moves the best draft for Day 2.
The #Broncos made the most of their #NFLDraft Day Two, adding Marvin Mims, Drew Sanders, and Riley Moss to the fold. Denver earns the #PFN365 Draft of the Day honor.— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) April 29, 2023
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The love didn’t stop there. Let’s pull in some of the grades given out for the Broncos picks on Day 2.
No. 63 Denver Broncos: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
Mims is a speedster with a 4.38 40-yard dash, but has traits other than speed that make him a strong prospect. His 183 pound frame likely kept teams from grabbing him earlier, but he’s a special player if given the opportunity.
No. 67 Denver Broncos: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Sanders is new to the linebacker position, so it’s tough to get a solid read how much more he can develop. But, he has good technique and athletic ability. He’s likely going to need to bulk up some, but he has the traits to outplay his draft spot by a mile.
No. 83 Denver Broncos: Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
Moss has the tenacity and athleticism to make it in the NFL, but he’ll likely need to move to safety at some point. He won’t be able to hang with strong NFL route runners, but should excel in zone coverage.
63. Broncos: Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
Produced in wide open Oklahoma offense but has serious juice at all three levels. Will win vertically on speed alone at the next level. YAC is good, not great. Fun addition to the offense. Was this biggest need?
67. Broncos: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
If deployed in a Micah Parsons-role, he can be special. Major instinct/tackling issues as classic off-ball linebacker. Length and athleticism for days. Fun pick with major upside.
83. Broncos: Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
Adore this player. Hyper-twitchy. Instinctive. Ball skills are awesome. Fast too. Super experienced. Overachiever. Some misses on film. Older prospect.
Round 3, Pick 63
Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
Round 3, Pick 67
Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Round 3, Pick 83
Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
63. Denver Broncos (from Lions through Chiefs): Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
Mims is a strange reach for a third-round prospect here after trading up, especially with the Broncos still having Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick, bringing up whether they are ready to move one of the first two soon. At least Mims is different from the rest as a dual big-play threat, both stretching the field and shooting downfield after the catch.
67. Denver Broncos (from Colts): Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
The Broncos make a terrific pick to fill a need with a disruptive upfield linebacker with solid run-stopping and rare pass-rushing skills. Sanders had the talent to be a late first-rounder.
83. Denver Broncos (from Seahawks): Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
The Broncos needed some good cornerback depth behind Pat Surtain II in Moss, who gives them a nice combination of smarts, size and strengths to make plays on the ball, inside or outside. He also can play safety.
63. Denver Broncos [TRADE]: Marvin Mims Jr., WR, Oklahoma
Mims has capital J Juice. He can get down the field in a hurry and runs a variety of routes downfield. He’ll open up the offense a lot, and could signal that KJ Hamler is on the way out.
67. Denver Broncos: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
This one feels interesting. I never bought the Drew Sanders first round hype, but this feels like a good range for him. He can rush the passer and fill runs going laterally, so his usage should be fun to watch.
83. Denver Broncos: Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
Moss is an interesting player. Some viewed him as a safety, but he’ll most likely play corner. He’s instinctive and productive, but I wonder about his change of direction to play corner. He’ll be nice depth in Denver.