5 Takeaways From Denver Broncos' 2016 NFL Draft

By Bryan Zarpentine

Not surprisingly, the Denver Broncos were one of the most active teams during the 2016 NFL Draft. John Elway was trading and acquiring picks like it was going out of style. Obviously, there’s a method to his madness. Here’s what can we take away from what the Broncos ended up doing during this year’s draft.

5 Takeaways From Denver Broncos\' 2016 NFL Draft
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5. Special Teams Emphasis

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The Broncos drafted fullback Andy Janovich to play on special teams, and they also took punter Riley Dixon, giving them two new players on special teams, which shows that Elway is not sleeping on the importance of the kicking game.

5. Special Teams Emphasis

The Broncos drafted fullback Andy Janovich to play on special teams, and they also took punter Riley Dixon, giving them two new players on special teams, which shows that Elway is not sleeping on the importance of the kicking game.

4. Potential Steal at Running Back

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Devontae Booker was high on Denver's board yet they didn't grab him until late in the fourth round. He's got a chance to split carries with C.J. Anderson this year, and he's talented enough to be a productive back and a major steal for the Broncos.

4. Potential Steal at Running Back

Devontae Booker was high on Denver's board yet they didn't grab him until late in the fourth round. He's got a chance to split carries with C.J. Anderson this year, and he's talented enough to be a productive back and a major steal for the Broncos.

3. Set at Linebacker?

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Surprisingly, the Broncos did not draft a linebacker to help fill the hole left by Danny Trevathan. The depth chart still looks a little light at such a key spot, so does that mean Elway thinks the Broncos are set at that position?

3. Set at Linebacker?

Surprisingly, the Broncos did not draft a linebacker to help fill the hole left by Danny Trevathan. The depth chart still looks a little light at such a key spot, so does that mean Elway thinks the Broncos are set at that position?

2. Who is Adam Gotsis?

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If you were confused by who Denver took in the second round, you weren't alone. This was a confusing pick, as Gotsis was projected as a Day 3 pick with injury concerns, but perhaps Elway deserves the benefit of the doubt on such a controversial pick.

2. Who is Adam Gotsis?

If you were confused by who Denver took in the second round, you weren't alone. This was a confusing pick, as Gotsis was projected as a Day 3 pick with injury concerns, but perhaps Elway deserves the benefit of the doubt on such a controversial pick.

1. Paxton Lynch is the Guy

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You figured at some point the Broncos would trade up for a quarterback, and Lynch turned out to be the guy. He'll still have to beat out Mark Sanchez, but clearly the Broncos think he's capable of being the leader of their football team, long term.

1. Paxton Lynch is the Guy

You figured at some point the Broncos would trade up for a quarterback, and Lynch turned out to be the guy. He'll still have to beat out Mark Sanchez, but clearly the Broncos think he's capable of being the leader of their football team, long term.

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