The Denver Broncos had some busy days during the 2010 NFL Draft, as they had nine picks over seven rounds. The NFL Draft can be a time of renewal and opportunity, but there are many mistakes that can be made along the way. Many players are considered good “prospects,” but there is really no guarantee that they will succeed in the professional ranks. Plenty of analysts and “experts” weigh in on this complex event, but eventually the teams have to take the field and see if players will live up to the hype. With that in mind, here are a few thoughts on the 2010 NFL Draft class of the Denver Broncos.
Denver had two picks in the first round, which is always a great opportunity for any team. With their first pick, they selected Demaryius Thomas, a speedy receiver from Georgia Tech. With the departure of Brandon Marshall, the Broncos needed a big play threat. With the 25th pick in the first round, the Broncos took Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. This is an intriguing pick since many experts were unsure about Tebow’s readiness for the NFL. This may turn about to be a savvy move, but it could also turn out to be a draft “bust.”
In the second round, the Broncos took Zane Beadles, an offensive lineman from Utah. Expert are unsure if he has the ability to play outside, but he may be an effective guard due to his strength and drive. Denver is like many teams that can always use offensive line help in order to protect their quarterback.
The Broncos took another offensive lineman in the third round, selecting J.D. Walton from Baylor. Walton is another player that may not be the best athlete, but he has a strong work ethic and core strength. J.D. may not be a starter right away, but he may develop into an effective lineman in a few seasons. The Broncos had another pick in the third round, and they took another wide receiver. This time it was Eric Decker from Minnesota. He does not have great athleticism, but he is tough and may be a solid possession receiver.
In the fifth round, the Broncos may have drafted great value in Perrish Cox, a cornerback from Oklahoma State. Many analysts had Cox projected in the second or third round, but Perrish had some off-the-field issues that caused him to drop. If Cox can stay on track, he may be an impact player on the defense.
As teams get into the later rounds, they start to make some safer picks or take “projects.” The Broncos took Eric Olsen, an offensive lineman from Notre Dame. Since Olsen is from a large program, he may be an effective pro. However, he does have limited physical abilities, and he may not make the team.
Finally, the Broncos made two picks in the seventh round. Their first selection was Syd’Quan Thompson, a cornerback from California. Thompson does not have blazing speed, but he is tough and he may become a special teams asset. Next, the Broncos took Jammie Kirlew, a defensive end from Indiana. Kirlew is not a great talent, but he has the type of drive that teams love to have on the roster.