Offensive Weapons: Broncos Rookie Wide Receivers
With OTA’s over with and the mandatory minicamp going on in Dove Valley, one of the biggest talks of the Denver Broncos has been the rookie wide receivers Courtland Sutton and Daesean Hamilton. Fans have been eagerly awaiting for some offensive power to compliment stars Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. When the team drafted Cody Latimer, they thought they he would be the answer; however, that second-round pick never panned out for the Broncos. This draft class offers hope for the future.
The Broncos sure nabbed quite a steal in Courtland Sutton in the second round. Sutton was projected by many analysts as a top 15 talent to be taken in the first round. Despite this, he slid down to the second round much to the surprise of many people. This works in the favor of Denver who gets a blue chip caliber player without giving up anything to get him. One thing I really love about Sutton is that he comes to Denver and will do anything he can to be the best player and person he can be. After watching Sutton’s college highlights, I can see he will be a big physical receiver that can be a deep threat. He reminds me of a similar version of Stefon Diggs, and fans will probably see him play a similar role in the Denver offense.
With a 4th round pick, the Broncos selected Penn State’s star receiver, Daesean Hamilton. Hamilton will be a compliment to not just Sutton, but also Thomas and Sanders. Daesean has a skill that the coaches will love and that is his route running abilities. Based on his film, he has an incredible route tree that he has in his pocket. However, one thing he will need to work on is his speed. But despite that, I think he will make quite an excellent slot receiver in this offense.
Both Sutton and Hamilton are really taking Denver by storm. During OTA’s both players had a chance to practice with the first team and got many reps during practice. With them doing so, despite not having DT and Sanders, the offense operated just as smoothly. This bodes well for the team who has struggled offensively since the incredible 2013 campaign that was headed by ex-bronco Peyton Manning. However, there is still a long time till the preseason or even the regular season. Much can change in that time, but so far there is much for coaches and fans to remain optimistic about. My guess would be that both Sutton and Hamilton will be starters this season and beat out the second string players such as Isaiah Mckenzie, Jordan Taylor, and Carlos Henderson. However, as I said earlier, there’s so much time until the final 53 man roster is decided and the receiver depth chart would look like. I am very excited for the future of these young talented players and the future of the Broncos organization as a whole.
Until next time, keep calm and Bronco On!