Bronco’s 2018 Draft Results

Broncos first Draft Pick Bradley Chubb

Tom Pennington

Broncos first Draft Pick Bradley Chubb

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The 2018 NFL draft was set at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas from April 26-28, and the Broncos looked to solve many of their problems at the draft.The Broncos have now gone two consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance and at the NFL Draft this year they hope to acquire some new pieces to change this. In head coach Vance Joseph’s first year, his team finished 5-11 and the worst in their division. Their season also included an eight-game losing streak. The Broncos offense battled with inconsistency the entire year and, despite having one of the best run defenses in the league, they still allowed the ninth most points in the NFL.

One of the Broncos biggest struggles was with their offense, however Bronco GM, John Elway, has traded away quarterback Trevor Siemian and running back CJ Anderson. The Broncos also acquired Kase Keenum from the Vikings who will theoretically be able to run the offense. WIth some of the offensive troubles solved, John Elway looked to his defense in the draft.

With the Broncos first pick, fifth overall, the Broncos drafted Bradley Chubb. Bradley is an edge rusher from NC State and is believed by many to be the best defensive player in the 2018 draft. According to Sports Illustrated, “ He can’t match 2017 No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett from an athleticism standpoint, but Chubb combines impressive get-off, an advanced approach to the pass rush and a relentless motor. A strip-sack savant, he’s also athletic enough to make the move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense and hold up in space.” Back in 2015 when the Broncos won the Super Bowl, they had future hall of famer DeMarcus Ware lining up opposite of Von Miller, which allowed for a highly effective pass rush. Expected Chubb to perform like Ware did is a bit unfair, but expecting the Broncos defense to be better is very realistic.

The Broncos next pick was the 40th overall pick and they selected Courtland Sutton. Sutton is a wide receiver from SMU. In today’s NFL it is required to have at least three quality wide receivers, and the Broncos only had two. Cutton is a sizable receiver who adjusts to passes very well and will pair well with Keenum who is a very aggressive but somewhat inaccurate thrower.

With their third pick, Denver selected Royce Freeman from Oregon. With CJ Anderson gone, the Broncos believed that they needed another running back to help their offense. NFL analytics believe, “Freeman became the leading rusher in Oregon history thanks to talent, consistency and elite productivity. Freeman’s high number of career carries will bother some teams as he doesn’t appear to play as fast as he did earlier in his career. He has outstanding size and is a natural runner with good vision who could step into an early starter’s role — especially if teams believe he can handle third down snaps as well.” In adding Freeman and Sutton, the Broncos offense looks to be much better than the last two seasons.

The Broncos also drafted seven other players which include Isaac Yiadom (CB, Boston College), Josey Jewell (ILB, Iowa), DeaSean Hamilton (WR, Penn State), Troy Fumagalli​​ (TE, Wisconsin), Sam Jones​​(OL, Arizona State), Keishawn Bierria​​ (LB, Washington) and David Williams​ (RB, Arkansas).

With both offensive and defensive contingencies hopefully solved, the Broncos look to return to playoff style right away.