Grading The Denver Broncos’ 2014 Draft Picks

Denver Broncos 2014 Draft Grades

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The NFL Draft is now over, and the Denver Broncos have six new players to add to their roster. The team was able to meet the majority of their needs during the three days despite only having six picks in the draft. They added on after the draft by signing 15 undrafted free agents. John Elway is hoping that this draft class can help them win a Super Bowl.

With that in mind, here is my grade for each player the Broncos drafted this year.

Round 1: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

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Round 1: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

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Bradley Roby brings physical play to a Broncos defense that somewhat lacked during the 2013 season. While his inability to wrap up in tackling and character issues are questionable, this is a player who can become a huge playmaker for the secondary.

Grade: B+

Round 2: Cody Latimer, WR Indiana

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Round 2: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

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With Eric Decker jumping to the New York Jets, wide receiver was a need for the Broncos. I believe that they got a steal in Cody Latimer. He measures the same as Decker and has better hands. His ability to get down the field and get more yards after the catch is great as well. He could be a dark horse in the Broncos' offense when he begins his NFL career.

Grade: A

Round 3: Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan

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Round 3: Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan

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Offensive line was a big need for the Broncos after the display in the Super Bowl. This is one pick that I am a bit skeptical on. Michael Schofield's speed and footwork are really concerning to me, and he can only work in small space. A huge upside is his ability to become an anchor, making it difficult for defenders to move him. It will be interesting how this pick works out.

Grade: B-

Round 5: Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU

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Round 5: Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU

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Another need for the Broncos was addressed on day three of the draft with the selection of Lamin Barrow. With the team missing out on Ryan Shazier and C.J. Mosley, the Broncos decided to wait out until the later rounds. Barrow is a player with a lot of potential to become a great inside linebacker with his athletic play and speed. He could be another steal for the Broncos if he lives up to his great potential.

Grade: A-

Round 6: Matthew Paradis, C, Boise State

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Round 6: Matthew Paradis, C, Boise State

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The Broncos added another offensive lineman to the roster with the addition of Matthew Paradis. Versatility is a great asset for Paradis, which is a great addition for the Broncos, especially if they suffer any injuries during the 2014 campaign.

Grade: B

Round 7: Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma

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Round 7: Corey Nelson, LB, Oklahoma

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The Broncos completed their draft with another linebacker addition. Corey Nelson has a knack for locating the football and making a play on it. He will most likely compete for the inside linebacker job, but he brings speed to the defense, which is something that the Broncos will need this year and years to come.

Grade: B


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