What started out as hope that Denver nailed this draft has turned into, “how the hell did Elway hit on just about every pick?”
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All 32 organizations are hopeful they nail their NFL Drafts.
That is typically measured by a team “hitting” on its upper-round selections who contribute right away as a starter or significant backup. To earn that rare distinction teams must also get production or steals in the later rounds.
To put this in simpler terms: What the New Orleans Saints did in their draft last year.
In the immediate follow up to this year’s draft, some felt John Elway and the Denver Broncos had one of the best. Then those picks took the field and the excitement was sparked. But minicamp is way different than training camp.
Then they continued to shine in training camp. But training camp is way different than the Preseason.
Then they continued to shine in the preseason. But the first two Preseason Games are way different than the third preseason game.
Then they shined in third the preseason game. At this point all that’s left to do is shine in the regular season. Until they do for the Broncos, some hint of skepticism should remain. But since the names Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, Royce Freeman, Josey Jewell, Phillip Lindsay and Bradley Chubb popped up, they’ve remained consistent. There’s no reason to think that will stop now.
Come for @rolls_royce21's 24-yard touchdown run, stay for his offensive line's celebration. #DENvsWAS pic.twitter.com/1qnuxScSIR— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 25, 2018
For a short tangent, after Denver’s win against the Washington Redskins, some fans where complaining about Chubb. Really? As Zac Stevens with BSN said on Twitter, Chubb’s final stat line was incredibly encouraging for roughly one half of work: Four tackles, .5 sack and two quarterback hits. That’s eight tackles, one sack and four QB hits over an entire game. Is Chubb perfect? Hell no. He still struggles with containment on the edge and still has “rookie moments.” But when you add Chubb’s numbers to the rest of the defense on Friday night, you get 12 QB hits from eight different players that resulted in three sacks. Rest assured the Broncos will take that production from the Orange Rush and not think twice about it.
If what we’ve seen from Chubb, Von Miller and the others over the course of training camp and preseason doesn’t give you all the feels for what they could do, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s also the latest reminder that Denver fans need to get and rock this awesome Orange Rush shirt.
But I digress, and back on track.
The crop of rookies mentioned earlier have not only risen to the occasion, they have done so in a consistent fashion. To a lesser extent, you could even include Isaac Yiadom, Keishawn Bierria and David Williams, but they are not on the same level as the others ... yet.
What started out as hope that the Broncos nailed this draft has turned into, “how the hell did Elway hit on just about every pick?”
To put this in simpler terms: It seems Denver pulled a Saints.
*Cue the “And Ian just jinxed it ... “
[email protected] @SuttonCourtland has star potential and this catch has been a daily routine in the mile high city this summer. The future is bright. #BaldyBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/4VfMhYrAtg— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) August 25, 2018
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