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Draft Day One In Review

April 26, 2008

After my last vague entries on our draft picks I think it is only fair I give you a more detailed review of the first day of the Broncos draft. 

Let’s start with Ryan Clady. Everything seemed to fall into place for the Broncos. First when the Chiefs took Glenn Dorsey over Ryan Clady. This was huge because they were very likely at that point to take him. But Glenn Dorsey was the pick and we were very thankful. Then the Ravens traded with the Jaguars and we were able to fianlly draft him.

Ryan Clady was definitely the best choice. He was perfect for what we wanted. We got our first choice and came away happy. Clady is an absolutely electrifying guard and will protect Jay Cutler extremely well. I love him on the Broncos and am ecstatic we picked him up. 

I was sort of surprised when our pick came around in the second round and we did not take Desean Jackson nor Ray Rice. But Eddie Royal was pretty good and can double as a return man. Though so can Desean Jackson who is much more electrifying. 

So why Royal? He first of all is a bit smaller and can escape tackles better. He has nearly equal speed and next to Jackson was the second fastest WR. But the big reason was Jackson displayed some off the field issues. We don’t need any more receivers with that. Not to mention Jackson in many eyes is overrated. 

I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed but this will work. 

Here are some guys to expect for tomorrow:

#108. Jonathan Goff, MLB, Vanderbilt. Another Vanderbilt alumni will come to the Broncos with a lot of talent. Goff is a great player and a great teammate who has shown potential. He could be a top pick but does not have the most natural athleticism and has trouble making open field tackles. But he could compete with Niko Koutovides for a starting position.

#119. Tom Zbikowski, S, Notre Dame. I LOVE ME SOME Notre Dame alumni and maybe I am just doing this because I love him on our team but it makes sense. We need a kick returner. He is one of the top 10 in the draft. We need a young safety. HELLO! And we need strength. He is a pro boxer for Pete’

s sake! I am back on my Zbikowski kick and I pray to the heavens we pick him up!

#139. Trae Williams, CB, South Florida. The Broncos and every other site on the web say the Broncos need a cornerback. I completely disagree! But I am going to play the Devils advocate here and choose Trae Williams who seems to fit what we need at the position. He has good bulk and is pretty strong. I like him with us and he could be a steal in the late rounds. Though I do not think that we should draft a cornerback we might have to. 

#148. Ahtyba Rubin, DT, Iowa State. This guy just looks like a DT, and to me that is a good sign. He has a talent for holding multiple blockers at a time and can add some depth to our line. 

#183. Art Carmody, K, Louisville. This is the only player from my last draft predictions besides Ryan Clady that has stayed so far. He handles pressure very well and makes great kicks. His accuracy is some of the best out there right now. He can’t kick off though. But nor could Jason Elam so it isn’t that much of a necessity. 

#220. Paul Hubbard, WR, Wisconsin. At this point we are running out of positions of need and so we move to a former position of need just to add some more depth. Hubbard is a bit of an underachiever and has no chance to compete for a starting job but still might help us on Special Teams. Maybe.

#227. Johnny Dingle, DE, West Virginia. Why not? He could maybe play for a spot on the team during training camp and with the late round success we have had over the years it might be worth a shot. We have had Selvin Young become a future star who was not even draft so lets give it a shot. By the way the chances of me being right about this are about 1 to 5%. Don’t put any money on this. You might have to shoot me. 

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