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Denver Broncos 2014 Draft Review
The 2014 NFL Draft has finally settled and we can get to criticizing how our teams did. A full first round, and possible more round review is coming later but for now I’m going to jump right in with my favorite team, the Denver Broncos.
Going into the draft the Broncos needed a cornerback, linebacker, and interior offensive lineman badly. How did the Broncos fill these needs? Let’s take a look shall we:
Round 1, Pick 31 (31) Bradley Roby CB Ohio St.
The player the Broncos absolutely needed. If he didn’t get in the bar fight and have the bad games on tape he accumulated in 2013 he very likely could have gone top 15. Rumors are that Roby’s frustrations came from regretting staying in school an extra season which is understandable. Vets like Talib and Chris Harris Jr. will help unlock his potential. Home run pick if he pans out especially with the loss of Champ.
Round 2, Pick 24 (56) (From Chiefs through 49ers) Cody Latimer WR Indiana
The best “hands catcher” in the draft. His tape isn’t really impressive if you’re looking for someone with Desean Jackson type speed, but boy can he catch. The only problem is he doesn’t outrun anyone. I am excited to see what he does.
Round 3, Pick 31 (95) Michael Schofield OT Michigan
Will compete for a prime backup spot. Plays tackle now but Broncos will likely ask him to focus on strength and kick inside.
Round 5, Pick 16 (156) (From Bears) Lamin Barrow OLB LSU
Ran a 4.63 and is only 230 lbs. at WILL LB. Not sure how he fits in as similar players have struggled with that profile (Wes Woodyard 4.55 233 lbs.)
Round 6, Pick 31 (207) Matthew Paradis C Boise St.
Here is that interior lineman we needed. Not too familiar with him but interested to see if he pans out better than Philip Blake did.
Round 7, Pick 27 (242) (From Saints through 49ers) Corey Nelson OLB Oklahoma
Fast tough guy coming off an injury that will compete hard for his spot.