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Happy Post-Draft Day Broncos Country!

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We are now officially at the precipice of a new season, how did the draft shake out?

Didn't see it coming

The trade up for Shane Ray. It used to be Elway would not go near a player with character concerns, but for the 2nd year in a row, Elway took a player that had some question marks surrounding his name.

Favorite Pick

Max Garcia. Yes like everyone else I had hoped for a Cam Erving, but when the Broncos drafted Garcia in the 4th, they got another versatile OL who was also a valuable leader to his team. I think Garcia is going to work out just fine and I already have him penciled in as our week 1 starter at Center.

Didn't like it

The Doss pick is my least favorite pick by far. Not only are the Broncos already stacked at the corner position, this guy got burned more than the folks who paid for the Pac-man/Mayweather fight.

Diamond in the Rough

Darius Kilgo has the potential to be one of the best pick-ups of the draft. I've read the knocks on him an they are sort of unfounded. NT's are rarely charged with rushing the passer. Bottom line, the Broncos got an experienced three-year starter to work with. I wouldn't be surprised to see him in the rotation sooner rather than later. Eventually I would look for Kilgo to develop into our full time starter in our base 3-4 defense.

Overall

The Broncos used a variety of picks to fill needs and grab great value. While grading a draft this early is foolish, on paper the Broncos should be assessed no lower than a B.

Horse Tracks

Mother's influence crucial for Ray
Shane Ray traveled a long and difficult road before becoming a Denver Bronco on Thursday, with his mother helping him every step of the way.

Shane Ray excited for fit on Broncos, with stars to help lead him
Though Shane Ray's slide on draft day won't immediately slot him into a starting role, he knows the Broncos will put him in the best position and that he'll have great leaders to help him.

By the Numbers: Shane Ray
Check out the key stats and measurables of the Broncos' newest member, linebacker Shane Ray.

Draft pick Jeff Heuerman's first day as a Bronco
Broncos third-round pick TE Jeff Heuerman arrived at Dove Valley for his first day as a Bronco.

Toughness, versatility what matters on reshaped O-line
Gary Kubiak and John Elway know what they want up front: toughness and versatility. They'll test their linemen in both areas.

By the Numbers: Ty Sambrailo
We break down the Broncos' second-round pick with key statistics and combine numbers.

Broncos pick Florida C Garcia in 4th
With the 133rd overall selection in the draft, the Broncos took Florida C Max Garcia.

Garcia's character, mindset shine through
Broncos fourth-round pick Max Garcia may be a gentle giant off the field, but he's ready to put his road-grading mentality to work in the NFL.

How He Fits: Fourth-round C/G Max Garcia
Positional flexibility, toughness and leadership are the traits that define the No. 133 pick in the 2015 draft.

How He Fits: Fifth-round CB Lorenzo Doss
The Tulane product could compete for the No. 4 cornerback slot and could factor on special teams as a gunner this year.

How He Fits: Sixth-round NT Darius Kilgo
Kilgo was not invited to the Scouting Combine, but used that snub to help motivate him

How He Fits: Seventh-round QB Trevor Siemian
The Broncos took the Northwestern QB with their first seventh-round pick, and will look to develop more consistency in the 6-foot-3 passer.

How He Fits: Seventh-round CB Taurean Nixon
The Broncos hope that the speedy cornerback can blossom and give the colloquialism "Nixonian" a new meaning.

Renck: NFL teams weigh risk, reward when giving "second chances" - The Denver Post
Second chances for Ray, Gregory bring fascinating risk, reward

Gators' Garcia has what Broncos like: Love of the Game - The Denver Post
Max Garcia's voice cracked. His eyes began to mist. Such reactions define draft day. This emotion, though, came after an anonymous teammate's best day.

Shane Ray's rise to stardom started at rock bottom - The Denver Post
A number of pivotal moments, and the strong support of his mother, has shaped Shane Ray, the Broncos' first-round draft pick.

75-year-old Cornell Green retires after 28 years of scouting for Broncos - The Denver Post
green retires after serving team as scout Before fielding questions about draft decisions and the Broncos' newest members, general manager John Elway gave a veteran member of his staff a

2015 NFL draft: Denver Broncos draft wrap-up - AFC West - ESPN
A wrap-up of the Denver Broncos' draft

Emptying the Notebook: Confidence remains high in Brock Osweiler, and more
The Broncos drafted Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian in the seventh round, but Gary Kubiak had praise for the progress of Brock Osweiler.

2015 NFL draft: Denver Broncos draft wrap-up - AFC West - ESPN
A wrap-up of the Denver Broncos'

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu set to collect on $3 million insurance policy - NFL.com
Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu went from potential first-round pick to seventh-rounder, but there was a silver lining. He is set to collect on a $3 million insurance policy, according to an ESPN.com report.

La'el Collins goes undrafted; not eligible for '16 draft - NFL.com
LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins was not selected during the 2015 NFL Draft. The prospect currently is working to clear his name in a police investigation in Louisiana.

Rams trade Zac Stacy to Jets for seventh-round pick | ProFootballTalk
Running back Zac Stacy wanted to be traded out of St. Louis after the Rams spent their first-round draft pick on running back Todd Gurley. It didn't take long for the Rams to oblige. The Jets have acquired Stacy in a trade for a seventh-round draft pick. The Rams used that pick, No.