After going 7-10 last season due to the offense not scoring enough, the Denver Broncos decided not to mess around this spring and traded for quarterback Russell Wilson. However, the AFC West is so loaded that the Broncos still needed to find some more players in the NFL Draft. Here is a look at who Denver selected.
Round 2, Pick 32: Nik Bonitto - DE - Oklahoma (6'3", 248 lbs, 15 tackles for loss, 7 sacks).
Bonitto started for the past three seasons rushing from the edge for the Sooners. His production was consistent for all three seasons, which proves that he was not a one-year wonder. He should see plenty of playing time on the outside.
Round 3, Pick 16: Greg Dulcich - TE - UCLA (6'4", 243 lbs, 42 receptions, 725 yds, 5 TD).
Dulcich is a pass-catching TE that should see plenty of time in this offense after the Broncos traded starting TE Noah Fant to the Seattle Seahawks.
Round 4, Pick 10: Damarri Mathis - CB - Pittsburgh (5'11", 196 lbs, 44 tackles, 2 INT, 6 pass break-ups).
Mathis could see some time as a slot corner when opposing offenses use multiple receiver sets because the Broncos are set at CB.
Round 4, Pick 11: Eyioma Uwazurike - DT - Iowa State (6'6", 316 lbs, 12 tackles for loss, 9 sacks).
Uwazurike wreaks havoc in the middle of the field. He will be able to cause even more damage in the defensive tackle rotation for the Broncos.
Round 5, Pick 9: Delarrin Turner-Yell - S - Oklahoma (5'10", 197 lbs, 52 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 INT).
Turner-Yell could see some time as a back-up safety.
Round 5, Pick 19: Montrell Washington - WR - Samford (5'9", 181 lbs, 60 rec, 813 yds, 9 TD, 140 rushing yds, 6 rushing TD, 742 kick return yds, 243 punt return yds, 3 total return TD).
Washington went to work at Samford last season with over 1,900 all-purpose yards. He will compete for time at slot receiver and for time at returner.
Round 5, Pick 28: Luke Wattenberg - C - Washington (6'4", 299 lbs).
Wattenberg started for two seasons at guard before moving to center for his last two full seasons. Wattenberg will add interior depth to the offensive line.
Round 6, Pick 28: Matt Henningsen - DT - Wisconsin (6'3", 289 lbs, 6 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks).
Hennigsen adds even more depth to the defensive line.
Round 7, Pick 11: Faion Hicks - CB - Wisconsin (5'10", 189 lbs, 9 pass break-ups).
Hicks will compete to make the roster as a back-up cornerback.
Even after trading away this year's and next year's first round pick, the Broncos added some good picks in this draft. Denver definitely punched above their weight in this draft. Trading for Russell Wilson makes this draft grade an A+.