As you already know, John Elway and the Denver Broncos recently completed the 2017 NFL Draft. That is if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, atleast. Now, most fans want to know four things after a draft: 1) Who is the first round draft pick, 2) which athlete will produce the most on the field immediately, 3) which draft choice will be a bust, and 4) which late round pick could develop into a steal. This article should hopefully fulfill those desires; however, if you are a super fan who wants to know everything about each individual player, then I apologize in advance.
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First Round Selection: Garett Bolles
In the first round of the draft, Denver drafted a 24 year old offensive tackle from Utah, Garett Bolles. Bolles measured at 6’4 and 297 pounds. Bolles registered the second fastest OT 40 time at the combine with a 4.95. He would go on to post the best numbers in the 3 cone drill and broad jumps with scores of 7.29 seconds and 115 inches respectively. Bolles only has 1 year of experience at left tackle in major college football, which could be a cause for concern in Denver. On the other hand, he has the potential to develop into a game changer at the left tackle position, which is why he was drafted in the first round. Personally, I feel this selection was a bit of a reach, but offensive line was a huge need for Denver.
Who Contributes The Most Early?
The easy answer here is usually the first round draft selection, but in this case I would lean to the second round draft pick, Demarcus Walker. Walker is a defensive end out of Florida State, who is most likely ideal for a 3-4 defense like Denver runs. Demarcus was immensely productive at Florida State when healthy. Walker measures at 6’4 and 280 lbs. While he isn’t the most athletic lineman in the draft, he makes up for it by having immaculate technique and great instincts. Because they lost several defensive lineman to free agency over the past 2 years, defensive line had become a pretty big need for the Broncos.
Boom or Bust
The biggest boom or bust selection for Denver this season is, in my opinion, Garett Bolles. The OT is the epitome of a boom or bust. Bolles appears to have all the potential in the world to be a very good offensive lineman for the next 8 to 10 years, but having only started at his position for a very short amount of time makes it very possible he will never able to reach that potential and prove he was overvalued by scouts. He was no doubt helped by this being the weakest offensive line draft class in recent memory.
Steal of the Draft
The draft choice with the potential to make everyone regret passing on him is Mr. Irrelevant himself, Chad Kelly. A bevy of off field issues in his past and a string of injuries caused Kelly’s draft stock to plummet him all the way to Mr. Irrelevant, or pick 253. You have already heard of Kelly’s personal issues, unless you have been living under a rock. Kelly was kicked off Clemson for blowing up at coaches on the sideline of a spring game, then he transferred to East Mississippi Community College, where he would lead them to a national championship. He would go on to sign with Ole Miss, only to almost never make it to campus because he threatened to shoot up a nightclub in Buffalo. Also, earlier this year he rushed a high school football field in defense of his little brother. Kelly tore his ACL during his senior season at Ole Miss. Later, he would injure his wrist at Ole Miss pro day, which severely hurt his draft stock as he was not invited to the NFL Combine due to a new NFL policy. Kelly may be the best quarterback to come out of Ole Miss, which has produced Archie and Eli Manning. In his 2 years at Ole Miss, Chad would lead them to a Sugar Bowl win, while winning the games MVP, and also he managed to rewrite the record books at Ole Miss. Kelly is blessed with a rocket arm and athleticism that usually surprises people. He is a very accurate passer; Sports Science rated him as the most accurate quarterback they have ever tested.
That’s all for now! -JC