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  1. 2018 OTA's

    Let's not go overboard. I think the 2014 offseason where we signed four Pro Bowlers and two future Hall of Famers - Aquib Talib, DeMarcus Ware, TJ Ward and Emmanuel Sanders - has this year, with an undersized, weak-armed QB, some other middle-of-the-road free agents and an on the surface good by too early to really make an evaluation draft class, easily beat. The Denver media is all over Phillip Lindsay because he went to CU. I think he does have a chance to make the team, not because he's the Hall of Famer in waiting the CU homers claim he is, but because our RB stable is so young and inexperienced. I think Jeff Holland and Keishawn Bierria are two "dark horses" who I think not only have a good (very good?) chance to make the final 53 but also make an impact right away this season.
  2. Which draft class will have a larger impact in 2018?

    I think the 2017 class will look a little bit better this year than it did last year. One, I think Jake Butt is going to be a Heath Miller-like TE, never a real super star but a reliable, move-the-chains guy, a red zone threat and a plus-blocker. Bolles is never going to be an elite LT by any means but I think he takes a step forward in his second season, having an All Pro next to him in Leary instead of the turnstile that was Max Garcia will help, as will having a more-savvy, experienced QB and an OC who adapts his scheme to his talent rather than trying to fit square pegs into round holes a la Josh McDaniels Mike McCoy. I think Walker can carve out a niche as a situational pass rusher from the inside and the with attention being paid to the talent around him - Von, Wolfe, Chubb, Shaq, Ray - Walker might see an uptick in production. I don't think he will live up to his production in college or his draft status, but he should stick around as a situational role player. I don't have any faith in Carlos Henderson, who just doesn't seem to have it between the ears, and Isiah McKenzie will rightfully be cut in camp. I think DeAngelo Henderson can carve out a role as part of the RBBC with Booker and Freeman. Chad Kelly is intriguing but that's about it. I am excited to see what he brings but even if he beats out Paxton for the No. 2 job, a backup QB doesn't do much as long as we keep Case healthy. Thus, I think the draft will go from looking like a total disaster to only a disappointment. I think Chubb alone makes this draft better. I fully expect him to impact the defense is a huge way, against both the pass and run, take attention from Von and the others, and a be very positive force in the locker room. Sutton and Hamilton will each see work from the start as WRs and, like Chubb, both will help take attention away from the top-two, the RBs and TEs as well. Their presence on the field helps even if they don't put up gaudy numbers. Freeman I think sees a lot of work at RB and does well, particularly in short-yardage and goal line situations. I think Fumangali contributes but is overshadowed by Butt. Jewell I think is going to become a fan favorite and I think sees quite a bit of action on defense later in the year after making a name for himself as a special teamer. I'll go 2018 but I think there will be a player or two from 2017 that impresses us, at least somewhat.
  3. Broncos decline Shane Ray's Option

    This is interesting. It could mean they want to see him be healthy before offering him a long-term extension, it could mean that they have already decided to move regardless of how he plays next year. It could also mean there's a chance we extend Shaq Barrett long-term to be the third EDGE with Von and Chubb. Should be interesting to watch how things play out over the next few months.
  4. Random Thoughts

    Awesome news man! Congratulations to you and the mrs.

    First of all, welcome aboard. I disagree on a few things. One, we I think we get more than one starter from this draft. Easily. I think Chubb, Sutton, Freeman, Jewell, Yiadom and Hamilton all have the potential to end up starters. Chubb I don't need to discuss. Sutton will eventually replace DT as the starting X and Hamilton has a chance to be the starting slot, or No. 3 WR, which, like No. 3 CB that I see Yiadom growing into, is for all intents and purposes a starting job. We will run a RBBC, most teams who lack that Todd Gurley/Le'Veon Bell/Zeke Elliot type of alpha back, use a RBBC and I think Freeman is the lead horse in that stable for us. I think Jewell has the potential to grow into a starting ILB, or at least someone who sees plenty of action in sub packages. We can all play MMQB and say, "I would have done this instead" and that's entire fine to do, but I think it's hard to be unhappy with this draft.

    After paying our rookies, we will have just over $2.7m left in cap space.
  7. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    It's a moot point now, because he's going to be the next in a long line of Browns QB busts, but this line from the Klis story makes me feel a lot better about our draft evaluation process.
  8. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    I agree 100% with every point you make here. We did fill the glaring needs we had in free agency; we got a proven, veteran starting QB, we got a proven, veteran, starting RT, we got a proven, veteran No. 3 CB, we got a LB/S hybrid to help cover TEs and RBs, our biggest defensive weakness since Danny T left for the Windy City. That being said, it wasn't a free agent haul circa 2015 when we got Talib, Ward, Ware and Sanders - all Pro Bowl / All-Pro / Hall of Fame level players - but we did plug some holes. As everyone knows I'm not that high on Keenum or no Veldheer but they're both starters. Brock is a run-of-the-mill N0. 3 CB and Cravens gives us a nice chess piece on defense to counteract attempted mis-matches opposing offenses try to create against us. That all allowed us to go BPA in the draft while filling out the roster quality prospects. We high-impact, immediate-impact player (Chubb), a couple of guys who early on will help inject some more life into our moribund offense (Sutton and Freeman), two ILBs who should, at the very least, contribute right away on special teams (Jewell and Beirria) and give us depth at a thin position (now and in 2019 when we move on from Marshall), a depth CB with length and high upside (Yiadom) and a handful of other guys with high-upside potential from established college programs with pro-style system. Our picks come from schools like Wisconsin, Penn St., Washington, ASU, Iowa, BC, these aren't try-hard, feel-good-story guys from FCS schools, these are legit players from legit programs. Look at the scouting reports, peppered throughout all of them are words like "leader," "team captain," "All-Conference," "smart," "consistent," "high football IQ," "productive," and on and on. This was a good draft. I do agree with those who wish we would have gone for an OL player earlier but when that's all we're quibbling about, it was a very good draft, especially when evaluated relative to the recent past.
  9. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    Let’s just hope has fewer children.....
  10. 2018 Starting Lineups and Depth Chart

    Hasn’t Von always played on the strong side? Even when he was drafted and we were running the Fox/Allen/JDR 4-3 Von played on the strong side. I don’t think even Vance will change that.
  11. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    He’ll bust. He went to CU.
  12. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    Are you kidding? This is a killer draft class. We filled needs with high-chatter guys from good programs and pro-style systems. Chubb has to be a leading candidate for DROY and, more importantly, will help take pressure off Von who was double and even triple-teamed all year. The RBs we got will see plenty of touches last year. We have a very young RB room, that’s good. We got great depth on offense and defense with guys who at the very least will contribute immediately on special teams. I give Elway & Co. a solid A grade for this weekend. How anyone can hate on this draft is beyond me. And, with my history on grading drafts, that’s saying something. 😉
  13. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    I’m not the first to say this but Kubiak is being groomed to succeed Elway as GM. He’s not only more qualified and has Broncos in his blood, like Elway, but he’s a much, much easier hire to sell the fan base than Matt Russell would be.
  14. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    Excellent pick! Elway is killing it in this draft!
  15. Official Broncos Forum Draft Thread

    It opens to the public in August. Not sure when he's coming out, it's semi-private. I'll put a ton pictures on Facebook for you to show him.