The hype and hoopla that is the NFL draft is now over. Soon we will find out who can play and who can’t.
Some impressions of the Broncos 2010 draft:
1 – I LOVE THE TIM TEBOW PICK. One could probably make the case that the Broncos overpaid the Ravens to get back into the first round to select Tebow. That doesn’t bother me.
The Broncos identified the guy they wanted and they fearlessly made the move to get him. I love it. They simply didn’t care what others thought about the move; they just went out and made it.
Of course, it is open to debate. If Tebow turns into the quarterback the Broncos think he will, the move is brilliant. If Tebow shows over time he can’t play in the NFL, the move was a bust.
I’m not going to bet against Tim Tebow. The guy is winner. The guy is a leader. The guy is coachable. The guy inspires people. Great move by the Broncos. Really great move by the Broncos.
2 – THE BRONCOS ADDRESSED NEEDS AT WIDE RECEIVER AND THE OFFENSIVE LINE. I realize this isn’t exactly breaking news but these were two big areas of need. Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are both coming off of foot injuries but head coach Josh McDaniels says they are getting back close to 100%.
Many people are knocking the Thomas pick because he played in an option offense and by his own admission he only ran three routes in college. Fair enough. But to me, that doesn’t mean he can’t play in the NFL. He is big, fast and strong and while the questions are out there, I still like the pick.
I’ve heard many people say the Broncos should have taken Dez Bryant, whom the Cowboys a couple of spots after Thomas. I’m not so sure. Both were great in college. I give the edge to Thomas in character, which goes a long way with me.
I also think Decker could be a steal in the third round. He’s a big target who was the main guy at Minnesota before he got hurt this year.
Clearly the Broncos had to bring in some young talent along the offensive line. As is always the case, we’ll have to wait and see who can really play but I certainly like the center and guard situation now much more than I did going into the draft.
3 – I THOUGHT THE BRONCOS WOULD COME AWAY WITH MORE THAN ONE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN/LINEBACKER. I won’t say they should have drafted more guys at these positions because I’m really not qualified to say that. Coach McDaniels has said all along that they rank their board based on how they project guys to fit into the Broncos’ systems. They try to stick to their board and pick the best available player that is available when it is their turn to draft and they seemed to have done that here.
Let’s not forget that the Broncos signed three defensive linemen in free agency. While I think those guys will improve the front seven, I still have some questions there and wish they could have come away with more depth in those areas.
4 – TIME WILL TELL. I know, I keep saying this but it is true. We don’t know how good of a draft this is and probably won’t know for a little while. That’s just the way it is. Typically, guys don’t come right out of college and make a huge impact in the NFL in their first seasons.
I do think the Broncos drafted some players this year who will be really good pros. In general, I feel better about this year’s draft than last year’s. Maybe that is the result of this coaching staff having been in place for a full year and having the chance to get everything set the way they want it through the process of scouting and draft preparation.
I know many of you have been weighing in on the Broncos’ draft and I hope you continue to do so. I love reading your posts, even though I can’t respond to all of them.
Also, we had the chance to sit down with Tim Tebow during our draft coverage on 850 KOA and I’ll bring you that interview soon.
Thanks for reading,