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NFL Draft Day 1: Broncos Building a Future

April 22, 2010

Day one of the NFL Draft, was no guarantee for the Broncos. After years of the Broncos making safe picks, Denver is getting into some risky business. In fact, it can’t get much riskier than what the Broncos did today. It started by trading down their #11 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers, for the 13th overall and a 4th round pick. It would set the tone for the rest of the day.

Minutes after that trade, the Eagles contacted the Broncos and they traded away their #13th overall pick for the Eagles 24th overall, and two third rounders, (#70, #87). We thought it was clear what the Broncos would do. If we kept the 24th, we would draft Tim Tebow, or we would trade up for Maurkice Pouncey and then trade back into the first round and draft Tebow still. Us fans forgot the golden rule of the draft, expect the unexpected.

The Broncos didn’t do either. Instead, they let Maukice Pouncey get drafted by the Steelers, traded up two spots, for the Patriots draft pick, and then drafted Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas. I was livid, and am still a bit upset. It would have been smarter just to have kept #24 and drafted Tebow without having to trade away a plethora of later round picks, to get both him and Thomas.

Thomas has all of the physical attributes to be elite in the NFL, but he has a few major liabilities. For one, he runs routes poorly, which is one of the hardest things to correct as a coach. Number two, is that he has health concerns and is not reliable to play every single game in a season. There have also been rumors that he can’t catch very well, but that isn’t 100% legitimate.

My opinion is this: Demaryius Thomas would have been an acceptable pick, a round later. He is a huge risk! We need someone to make an immediate impact as a Wide Receiver, and to have someone do that, they need to be able to run routes sharply. Thomas can’t, so his role in his first year pro may be quite limited. Either that, or it will be too big.

After the Thomas trade, I spent a bit of time ranting on twitter, and then the news came. The Broncos had traded their #43rd overall pick, their #70th, and their #113th for the 26th overall pick in the draft. With that pick, they drafted who else, but Tim Tebow, which sent some fans cheering crazily and others denouncing their love of the Denver Broncos. I was doing the first.

Tebow is a winner. That is simply put why I love him so much. He is a leader. He has amazing intangibles, and his physical attributes are among the best of any Quarterback in recent history. He just needs to improve his all-around technique, and he needs to slip into a brand new offense. If he can do those two things, (easier said then done), this pick is more than a success, it is a Super Bowl.

My plan for Tebow would be to train him his entire first season, and teach him how to play in the NFL. Let him have a bit of time playing tight end, and have him play in the “Wild Horses” formation, and other gimmick offenses. Then, in his second year, continue perfecting his technique and do all of the above, and let him play in goal line situations.

In his third year pro, McDaniels should let him compete for the starting job. If the Broncos are patient, it could pay off and Tebow could be one of the top Quarterbacks of the decade. That’s the key though. The Broncos need to be very patient. If they rush Tebow into a starting role too early, there is absolutely no way he will do what they want him to do.

One final aspect of these two picks is under appreciated. For the first time in a little while, the Broncos have a clear direction of where they are headed. By spending 3 of their past 4 first round picks, they are building a future for this offense. It feels reals good.

  1. YoungBroncosFan20 permalink
    April 22, 2010 7:59 PM

    Tebow! great pick and hopefuly the new wideout will learn quickly and royal to then i can see a wes moss sort of offense which is what Jmd was aiming for and with the speed of tebow to buy time i say with in two years Afc west is the broncos once again and superbowl isn’t so out of reach.

  2. April 22, 2010 8:05 PM

    Key word patient.

  3. April 23, 2010 4:06 AM

    Good post. I like that the Broncos took risks in the draft and have lots of upside.

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