Predicting the Impact of Every Denver Broncos’ 2014 NFL Draft Pick

Predicting the Impact of Every Denver Broncos' 2014 NFL Draft Pick

Bradley Roby NFL Draft
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On paper, there weren't many holes for the Denver Broncos to fill in the 2014 NFL Draft. But after a meltdown in the Super Bowl, any fan could tell you that changes had to made. The Broncos selected six young players that, in the right role, could have an impact in the near future.

Bradley Roby, CB

Bradley Roby Ohio State Buckeyes
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Bradley Roby, CB

Bradley Roby Ohio State Buckeyes
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Though Chris Harris says he should be back for Week 1 and the Broncos signed free-agent Aquib Talib, the Broncos' secondary has room for improvement. Roby offers good size, speed and a dose of physical aggression. At the moment, he doesn't have the technical skill to be a top corner, but he can make immediate contributions in the nickel.

Cody Latimer, WR

Cody Latimer Indiana Hoosiers
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Cody Latimer, WR

Cody Latimer Indiana Hoosiers
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The Broncos have been very active this offseason in expanding their receiving corps with the free agent acquisition of Emmanuel Sanders and by bringing back Andre Caldwell, so it may be difficult for Latimer to pull out a top job in his first year. He's stronger and more physical than the other Broncos receivers, which, after being manhandled by the Seattle Seahawks' secondary, may open up a few opportunities for him as a fourth option.

Michael Schofield, OT

Michael Schofield Michigan Wolverines
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Michael Schofield, OT

Michael Schofield Michigan Wolverines
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With Orlando Franklin possibly moving to right guard, Schofield has an excellent chance to get on the field in his first year. His only real competition at the tackle position would be veteran Winston Justice, but Schofield also has experience playing guard. It wouldn't be a huge surprise to see him in the tackle slot often during his rookie season.

Lamin Barrow, LB

Lamin Barrow LSU Tigers
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Lamin Barrow, LB

Lamin Barrow LSU Tigers
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The biggest hole on the Broncos' roster was at middle linebacker, but Barrow probably won't win the starting job in his first year. Currently, the most likely option is Nate Irving, considering the speed of Von Miller's recovery. At the very least, Barrow will challenge Irving for the spot and will contribute immediately on special teams with his size and speed.

Matt Paradis, C

Matt Paradis Boise State Broncos
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Matt Paradis, C

Matt Paradis Boise State Broncos
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The Broncos didn't make any waves by drafting Paradis, but he could be of some use. Going into this year, he will most likely compete for a backup job somewhere in the interior of the line. He's a smart guy with a great work ethic, so he could potentially work his way up the depth chart, but not anytime really soon.


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