Denver Broncos 2018 NFL Draft profile

The 2018 NFL Draft is now a month away, which means that Draftmas is back. Draftmas will take a look at each NFL team heading into the NFL Draft, what their needs are and who they could be targeting. You will find it here. Draftmas will continue with the Denver Broncos 2018 NFL Draft profile. 


A colossal disappointment is the best way to describe the Denver Broncos in 2017. Denver won just two additional games after a 3-1 start. A quarterback carousel featuring Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch was the biggest reason for their 5-11 mark. It was Denver’s first losing season since 2010.

The offensive line continued to be a problem for Denver as well. Much was expected of free agent acquisition Ronald Leary, but he could not stay healthy. Fellow free agent signee Menelik Watson also dealt with injuries as well as poor performance. Last year’s top pick, Garett Bolles had an inconsistent rookie year. The unit as a whole ranked 30th in sacks allowed. The winless Browns were also the only team that turned the ball over more than the Broncos last year.

The good news for the Broncos is that the defense is still one of the best around. Von Miller and company struggled to force turnovers last year, but that is really the only negative on that side of the ball. The unit was put in many bad situations by the offense and still ranked third in total defense. The secondary will look a bit different for the upcoming season, but defense is still what the Broncos are about.

Picks and needs

The Broncos have nine total picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. That is ample opportunity for John Elway and second-year head coach Vance Joseph to improve the roster.

First round (1 pick): 5

Second round (1): 40

Third round (2): 71, 99

Fourth round (2): 106, 109

Fifth round (3): 142, 160,163

Sixth round (0): 

Seventh round (0)

Offensive needs:

Offensive line – If Leary stays healthy, a line featuring him, Matt Paradis, Bolles in his second year and the recently acquired Jared Veldheer is formidable, but left guard is still a huge question mark.

Tight end – Virgil Green left in free agency. Also, Denver has not had significant pass-catching production at this spot in a very long time. Former Michigan standout Jake Butt essentially red-shirted his rookie season due to injury. He should be ready to produce this year, but how confident are the Broncos in him and his health? Regardless, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders need a third pass-catching option to emerge on this team in order to make their lives easier.

Running back – Denver wants to get the running game going, but the Jamaal Charles experiment failed and there is talk of C.J. Anderson being traded or let go. If that happens, Devontae Booker is going to need more help than the current roster can offer.

Denver Broncos 2018 NFL Draft profile

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Quarterback – With Case Keenum entering the fold via free agency, this need is just not as pressing as most people think. Also, the Broncos do not seem to have given up on Paxton Lynch or Chad Kelly yet. It is hard to imagine four quarterbacks on a roster that has more immediate needs, but it is not entirely out of the question that Denver goes here early.

Defensive needs:

Linebacker – Todd Davis returns to Denver on a team-friendly deal, but he was just okay last year. Von Miller and Brandon Marshall could use a more dynamic teammate at this position. Denver has had a knack for turning linebackers and defensive ends into sack artists in recent years. You can never have too many pass rushers.

Cornerback – With Aqib Talib now on the Rams, Bradley Roby becomes the cornerback opposite Chris Harris Jr. Roby should be fine as a full-time starter, but there is no longer a slam dunk option for third cornerback on the roster.


First round:

Pick No. 5: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

If Keenum can be half the player he was last year in Minnesota, quarterback is not an issue for this team for a couple years. The issue becomes the guys protecting the quarterback. If the best offensive lineman in the draft is still on the board, this is a no brainer for Denver.

Second round:

Pick No. 40: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

Oliver is a raw talent that would be helped greatly by being drafted to Denver. That secondary is loaded with talent for him to learn from. He would also fill an immediate and potentially long-term need for the Broncos.

Denver Broncos 2018 NFL Draft profile

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Third round:

Pick No. 71: D.J. Chark, WR, LSU

He is not a tight end, but there is a need for a third pass catcher to emerge in the Broncos offense, even if it is at wide receiver. Chark is an interesting combo of size and speed.

Pick No. 99: Oren Burks, ILB, Vanderbilt

Burks is not yet NFL ready yet, but doesn’t need to be right away for the Broncos. He made his way on to the stat sheet quite a bit at Vanderbilt, and he checks the boxes in terms of size and quickness.


The Broncos are not used to picking this high in the draft, but having nine picks is a great asset. If they are used properly, the Broncos won’t be picking this high again anytime soon.

Enjoy the days of Draftmas here at The Game Haus! Make sure to tune in tomorrow for the Indianapolis Colts 2018 NFL Draft profile.


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2017 NFL Draft Day 3

2017 NFL Draft Day 3: Future Stars

The first two days and three rounds of the NFL draft have finished. The third day of the draft is rounds four through seven. These players drafted on day three sometimes do not even make the roster. So what players remaining, after day two, have a chance to become stars in the NFL? Here are some who may answer that question.

Chad Kelly, QB, Ole Miss

2017 NFL Draft Day 3

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Chad Kelly is flying high under the radar. Kelly is the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly. Chad Kelly had a pretty solid career while at Ole Miss. Going 14-8 as a starter and even notched a win against Alabama. Kelly threw for 6,858 yards, 50 touchdowns, and just 21 interceptions. He also added 958 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground in his career.

Kelly had a lot of problems off the field that have derailed his career. He was kicked off the team at Clemson for actions against the coaching staff. Once he left Clemson he landed at East Mississippi Community College, more commonly known as Last Chance U. There Kelly led EMCC to a 12-0 season and an NJCAA National Football Championship.

If Kelly has learned from his past mistakes and can be a model citizen off the field then there is a chance he can become a star in the NFL. He has great arm strength and can make NFL throws. Kelly has played primarily in the shotgun and will need to work on his under center mechanics. Also he has great touch passing skills and is much better when moving outside the pocket and throwing. If a team takes a risk in the sixth or seventh round there is a good chance Kelly becomes an NFL starter one day.

Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

Dede Westbrook was one of the top five receivers in all of college football last season. Some would argue he was the best. Last season he had 80 receptions, 1,524 yards, and 17 touchdowns. Westbrook is an excellent route runner with big play capability. In the open field, Westbrook is explosive and turns a lot of good plays into big plays. Some say his size is an issue but make no mistake, Westbrook could be a scary playmaker in the NFL.


Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego St.

Donnel Pumphrey is only still available because of his size, 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds.. The Las Vegas product is the all-time leading rusher in NCAA history. NFL tacklers will be able to arm tackling him but that is only if they can catch him. He is so quick and fast that when he sees a hole he hits it without a second thought.  Pumphrey may not become an every-down back in the NFL but he can create momentum-changing plays. One NFL team will be very happy one day because of the risk they took on him.


Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

Malachi Dupre has fallen mostly because LSU has not had a quarterback capable of helping any receiver. LSU has had some of the worst quarterback play in the country which is why Dupre only put up 98 receptions, 1,609 yards, and 14 touchdowns in his three years at LSU. If you throw the ball in Dupre’s direction there is a good chance he will catch it. He has one of the best catch radii of all the prospects. He will have to work on his route running but with a solid quarterback Dupre could break out as the next great LSU wideout to turn pro.

Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina

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Ryan Switzer may be the most underrated, underappreciated player in this draft. Similar to Dede Westbrook and Donnel Pumphrey, size is the only reason for that. In his senior season at North Carolina, Switzer snagged 96 receptions for 1,112 yards, and six touchdowns. He has also proven to be a great return man who returned seven punts for touchdowns in his collegiate career. Switzer can be a Wes Welker or Julian Edelman type playmaker in the NFL and that is a reason teams should draft him as soon as possible.

Connor Harris, LB, Lindenwood

Connor Harris could have been a first round pick. He has it all, the size, the speed, and the intangibles. Teams seem to be holding it against him that he played in division II but Harris is a tackling machine. Harris holds the record at 633 career tackles. He has the ability to drop in coverage and has shown impressive ball-hawking skills as well. Any team that drafts him is getting a player who doesn’t have to come off the field and is a prototypical, old-school linebacker.

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan

Jake Butt is the victim of a bad injury at the worst time. Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery got a lot of heat for skipping their bowl games but had Jake Butt done the same then he wouldn’t have torn his ACL for the second time in his career. Butt would have been a second round pick without the injury but now teams are scared. He averaged 11.9 yards per reception for his career and is a guaranteed first down waiting to happen. Every team in the NFL needs a tight end that can get them out of a jam like that. If Butt can become healthy and get a shot, he has a great chance of being a top 10 tight end in the league.


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NFL Draft Prospects to Watch in the 2016 Orange Bowl

The Orange Bowl features two of the teams with the most NFL-ready talent in college football. Jim Harbaugh has the Michigan defense filled with prospects, while Florida State is always loaded with good players. Here are the best prospects from the Orange Bowl:

Michigan Wolverines

Jabrill Peppers, LB/CB/S

Projected Draft Range: Top 15

Peppers is the most versatile player in college football. He has played linebacker, corner back, safety, running back, quarterback, wide receiver and returner. Peppers is great at the fundamentals and has good speed. The only question with him is his ball skills, as he only has one interception in his college career. He is also a “tweener”, player without a true position, which may scare teams away.

Taco Charlton, DE

Projected Draft Range: First round-third round

Charlton is a great pass rusher with 8.5 sacks on the season. He has great size, at six feet six inches and 272, and athletic ability to go with it. Charlton isn’t the greatest at stopping the run, so he needs to show he can do that against Florida State.

Jake Butt, TE

Projected Draft Range: First round-third round

Orange Bowl

Jake Butt

Butt has great size at six feet six inches tall and 250 pounds. He isn’t the fastest, but is a secure target. His average of 12 yards per catch is a testament to him getting open over the middle. His blocking is good for a tight end and should improve with time in the NFL. Teams will like him as a good, solid receiver.

Chris Wormley, DT

Projected Draft Range: First round-second round

If a team runs a 4-3 scheme and needs a defensive tackle, Wormley will fit right in. He has good size at six feet six inches and 302 pounds. Wormley is great at defending the run, but is also a decent pass rusher for a defensive tackle. He has six sacks on the season. His interior play makes the players around him better.

Florida State Seminoles

Dalvin Cook, RB

Projected Draft Range: First round-second round

Orange Bowl

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Cook is a great speed back. He uses his vision to find the right hole, then uses his lightning speed to hit the hole hard and leave defenders in the dust. His moves are also good and he gets good tacklers to miss often. Cook is a good receiver out of the backfield making him a threat in many ways. He has been plagued by injuries, which he played through as a sophomore, which could hurt his stock.

Demarcus Walker, DE

Projected Draft Range: Second round-third round

Walker is one of the premier pass rushers in college football with 15 sacks. He uses his speed and strength to get by blockers. In the NFL he can probably play in just about any scheme. Walker needs to work on his run support as he doesn’t always show good gap integrity.

Roderick Johnson, OT

Projected Draft Range: Second round-third round

Johnson had the capability to be the first tackle to be selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. He didn’t have the best season pass-blocking so he will move down a lot of teams’ boards. Fortunately, Johnson is a great run blocker. He can play either tackle spot, increasing his value. His hands will be full, as he takes on a very tough Michigan defensive front.


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2016 Capital One Orange Bowl Preview

Michigan was a couple seconds and a Big Ten Championship Game away from going to the College Football Playoff. Florida State had a few tough losses, but rebounded well. These two teams meet in an interesting and exciting game for the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl.

Michigan Wolverines

The Wolverines won their first nine games, but lost two of their last three to finish at 10-2. They lost to Iowa and Ohio State, who are both solid teams. Michigan beat seven bowl eligible teams, including wins over Colorado, Penn State and Wisconsin.

Orange Bowl

Jabrill Peppers (Photo courtesy: bleacher report)

Wilton Speight had a decent season as the starting quarterback for the Wolverines. He has 2,375 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. He isn’t the reason Michigan wins many games, but also doesn’t lose games for them either.

Wide receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson provide good outside threats for Speight. They have combined for almost 1,300 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. The Wolverines also have one of the best tight ends in all of college football in Jake Butt. He has 518 yards receiving and four receiving touchdowns, but always provides a good target.

De’Veon Smith is one of the best power running backs in college football. He has 810 yards on the ground and 10 touchdowns. They have five other players with over 20 carries and all but one have average yards per rush of over five.

Michigan’s defense is what makes them great. They allow just 117 rushing yards per game and 136 passing yards per game. The Wolverines likely wouldn’t trade their defense for any other college football team’s.

Taco Charlton has 8.5 sacks on the season and teams up with Chris Wormley to create a great front. They have one of the best athletes in college football behind them in Jabrill Peppers. He is a great tackler who has great fundamentals. Jourdan Lewis is a great shut down corner behind them.

Florida State Seminoles

The Seminoles were thought to be National Championship contenders, but finished 9-3. They only lost to the class of the ACC in UNC, Clemson and Louisville. Their solid wins include USF, Miami, Wake Forest, NC State, Boston College and Florida.

Deondre Francois had a terrific freshman season for the Seminoles, despite not always having the greatest protection. He threw for 3,128 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. His mobility is also a factor with four rushing touchdowns. Francois is a play-maker who will just improve with time.

Orange Bowl

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For the passing game, wide receiver Travis Rudolph is the only player who has stepped up in a big way this season. Rudolph finished the regular season with 807 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Running back Dalvin Cook is one of the most dynamic play-makers in all of college football. He finished the season with 1,620 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns. Cook is fast and has good moves. In addition to rushing the football, he also is good in the receiving game with 426 yards and another touchdown.

The Seminoles are good at run defense with only 131 yards per game given up. The pass defense is average allowing 226 yards per game.

Demarcus Walker is one of the best pass rushers in the country and has 15 sacks in just 12 games. Tarvarus McFadden has the most interceptions in the country with eight. These two players have to step up in order for Florida State to win.


Michigan’s defense will shut down Cook and the Florida State offense, while the Michigan offense will score just enough to win.


Michigan Wolverines 28 Florida State Seminoles 24


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