What a weekend. The draft is now history. Some thoughts on the big weekend.
1) LET’S ALL BE HONEST ENOUGH TO SAY WE REALLY DON’T KNOW HOW WELL THE BRONCOS DRAFTED. With the plethora of opinions and evaluations, we like to think we know how well they did. The fact is, however, we don’t know how good it is. We don’t know how any team did.
I know that sounds like any easy out but for me, it is the absolute truth. It simply takes time to find out how well a team drafted.
In the lead-up to the draft, we hear and read analysts talk and write about certain players. Thus, we tend to think those are the best players. Then, we hope that the team we root for drafts some of those players. The fact is, there are a lot of really good players available. Many of them we haven’t heard of or seen play. And virtually none of us have ever broken down film on them.
2) THE BRONCOS HAD A PLAN AND STUCK TO IT. There really is something to be said for this. Like all teams, the Broncos spent countless hours scouting, evaluating and ranking the available players.
“Everybody’s graded on our board and we have them ranked,” Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway said after Thursday’s first round. “We’ll stay true to that. That’s what we worked three weeks on, to set that board the way we thought it should be set, ranking these players. The board is going to stay exactly where it is and we’re going to continue working off that board.”
They did just that. I love it. Have a plan; believe it the plan; stick with the plan. Debating the merits of that plan is certainly fair game. The players will provide the final evaluation over time.
3) I GENERALLY LIKE WHAT THE BRONCOS DID. First off, the emphasized game performance, effort and attitude. Too often, teams put a lot of stock in pre-draft workouts. No doubt there is a place for those. Ultimately, I want guys who made plays on the field. The Broncos seemed to emphasize that.
Next, the Broncos talked about the importance of character and they drafted accordingly. None of us are perfect and all of us need second and third and fourth chances. It seems, however, that the Broncos steered clear of guys who had major character issues. I applaud the Broncos for this. Give me some players who are hungry. Give me some players who WANT to work their fannies off. Give me some guys who care about one another and sell out for each other.
Finally, I like the players they picked. Many are wondering about taking Derek Wolfe high in the second round. I’ll admit that I was surprised when I heard the pick. After learning more about him and hearing him talk, I simply cannot wait to see him play. I believe he’ll make a difference this season.
Many people are also questioning the selection of ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler in the second round. I absolutely love it. In the NFL, a team simply cannot risk getting caught without the next guy at quarterback. I have no idea if Osweiler will eventually become a great player. But I really like the fact they now have a young, talented player at that position.
The Broncos filled position needs by drafting two defensive linemen, an offensive lineman, a running back, a linebacker and a cornerback. Plus, they selected a player who could be the heir apparent to Peyton Manning.
Now it will be fun to find out how good those players are.
I know many of you have shared your thoughts about the Broncos’ draft. Now that you have had some time to let it settle in, how do you think they did? What did you like and not like?
Thanks for reading and sharing.