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Grading Denver Broncos’ 2014 Draft Picks After Preseason

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Denver Broncos Draft Grades After Preseason

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The Denver Broncos had six players drafted during the offseason to meet their needs. They went the balanced route and selected three offensive players and three defensive players. Each are hoping that they can make an impact for a strong team.

With the regular season around the corner, here are my grades for each of the Broncos' draft picks.

6. CB Bradley Roby- Round 1, Pick 31

Bradley Roby
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6. CB Bradley Roby- Round 1, Pick 31

Bradley Roby
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Bradley Roby was brought in by the Broncos to become a force on the defensive side of the ball. While he started off a bit slow, he developed into a solid cornerback who brings a physical force to the team. Look for him to be a part of nickel packages as the season goes along.

Grade: A-

5. WR Cody Latimer- Round 2, Pick 56

Cody Latimer
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5. WR Cody Latimer- Round 2, Pick 56

Cody Latimer
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Starting off OTA's and mini camp with a foot injury, Cody Latimer surprised a lot of people during practice. He continued his success into training camp and the preseason, and even caught a touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler. I foresee Latimer becoming a huge star in the league.

Grade: A

4. OT Michael Schofield- Round 3, Pick 95

Michael Schofield
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4. OT Michael Schofield- Round 3, Pick 95

Michael Schofield
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Scofield was brought to help strengthen the offensive line that was manhandled in the Super Bowl. While offensive linemen do not get heard from a lot, it appeared that Schofield did well throughout the summer. He benefited from the joint practices with the Houston Texans and should benefit from being on the roster.

Grade: B+

3. LB Lamin Barrow- Round 5, Pick 156

Lamin Barrow
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3. LB Lamin Barrow- Round 5, Pick 156

Lamin Barrow
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Competing for a starting spot at middle linebacker, Lamin Barrow made his mark during the preseason as he continued to put pressure on Nate Irving for the starting role. While it does appear Irving will win the starting role, Barrow shows a lot of promise for the Broncos defense for years to come.

Grade: B

2. C Matt Paradis- Round 6, Pick 207

Matt Paradis
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2. C Matt Paradis- Round 6, Pick 207

Matt Paradis
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Out of all the draft picks, Matt Paradis was the one who impressed the least. With so much depth at his position, competing with Manny Ramirez and Will Montgomery was going to be an uphill battle, and it certainly became fact. He simply did not do enough to be rewarded with a roster spot. Paradis was released this afternoon by the team. He should make the practice squad, but he obviously needs work.

Grade: C-

1. LB Corey Nelson- Round 7, Pick 242

Corey Nelson
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1. LB Corey Nelson- Round 7, Pick 242

Corey Nelson
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Looking to add more depth to the linebacker position, Corey Nelson had an up and down summer. With the injury to Danny Trevathan, Nelson figures to make the roster as depth for the position. He is a player that can impress and has potential to become a steal.

Grade: B-

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.