Denver Broncos

In the 2020 draft, the Broncos had the freedom to build with a talented quarterback under a rookie contract John Elway looked to draft weapons and protection for their young gunslinger in Drew Lock. With needs at key offensive and defensive positions, the Broncos loaded up and greatly improve these positions to become a powerhouse and challenge the Chiefs.

  • 15th Overall – Jerry Jeudy: Wide Receiver/Alabama

Jeudy was seen by many as the best wide receiver in this very deep class of incredibly talented receivers. He is not the fastest (very agile and quick), most athletic, or most physical receiver. However, he is by far the best wide receiver in this class. Against off man cushion, he kills corners and gets wide open with his feet. He does have good speed on deep routes and with the ball in his hands. His explosiveness in his routes translates to when the ball is in his hands. He has good hands with some concentration drop issues. He is a good blocker for teammates around him with his hands and length. Overall, the Broncos drafted an incredible player in Jeudy. He has outside receiver talent with slot flexibility. He will get bullied by bigger and more physical corners due to his weaker upper body. That being said, if Jeudy is given off-man coverage, expect the ball to go to him when he is wide open.

  • 46th Overall – K.J Hamler: Wide Receiver/Penn State

Hamler was a speedy standout for the Nittany Lions. Hamler is a well rounded wide receiver with developed route running, incredible speed, and quickness. He utilizes his speed and quickness to beat corners and track deep balls. Any ball within his catch radius is nearly a guaranteed catch. Once he gets open and catches the ball Hamler is electric. He is like a human joystick with his stop, start, spin, and acceleration ability to get by people. He does have issues with his small stature. Corners can knock him off routes and get by him when he blocks. However, the Broncos have a heat-seeking missile that can track deep balls like an outfielder and break ankles like no one else if and when he has space.

  • 77th Overall – Michael Ojemudia: Cornerback/Iowa

Ojemudia is a solid corner with good size and discipline to be successful in the pros. He has good zone skills and techniques to keep eyes in the backfield and keep track of his man. Ojemudia possesses good feet, hips, eyes, and size to have good awareness to trigger on running backs and passes in his direction. He does perform better going downhill and playing the ball in front of him. His instincts and reaction make him a tad late to make a tackle or play on the ball. Along with his poor anticipatory ability, Ojemudia did not play a lot of snaps in man coverage. These could tie in with each other and be a red flag going into the season. Overall, Ojemudia is a corner with good size and zone technique to be a useful tool in the Vic Fangio defense.

  • 83rd Overall – Lloyd Cushenberry: Center/LSU

Cushenberry had the privilege of wearing the coveted #18 jersey at LSU. Meaning he showed selflessness and the attributes of an LSU Tiger, and this shows on tape. Cushenberry has freakishly long arms at 34 1/8″ long. This length allows him to outreach defensive linemen and get in their chest to stop the rush. He has good power and core strength to anchor against power rushes that may initially force him back. He has solid run-blocking ability due to his understanding of his own strengths and limitations. Some weaknesses are his poor mobility due to his size, and Cushenberry can fall off blocks when he relies too much on his upper body. Overall, Cushenberry is a very good pass protecting center with passable run blocking. With an anchor in front of him, Drew Lock will have the time to throw to the arsenal that he has available to him.

  • 95th Overall – McTelvin Agim: IDL/Arkansas

Agim plays with quickness and flexibility. He has good hands to keep linemen’s hands out of his chest. He also has good rush moves and combos to get to the quarterback. All of these skills translate from his experience at defensive end. This can provide some versatility for Vic Fangio. Some potential problems are his lack of experience at the position, his need for power, and his run processing. However, if he can develop more rush moves and power he can be a solid rotational lineman.

Looking at these picks it is clear that the Broncos are going to try to outscore the Chiefs. They now have incredible firepower with Sutton, Hamler, and Jeudy. They have the speed to go deep, the physicality to make contested catches, and a weapon that can get open every play. Elway also provides Lock with a brick wall that will be snapping him the ball. Lastly, the Broncos now have a slew of talented rotational pass rushers to make Mahomes think a little bit faster.

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