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Broncos will take best player available, here’s why.

John Elway has always stuck to his draft board; why is that going to change in 2017 ust because everyone thinks they need a left tackle more than anything else?

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John Elway will take whoever the Broncos view as the best player available once it is their time to select. Why? Because that’s what John Elway does.

Since his start as VP of Football Operations and General Manager of the Denver Broncos, Elway has stuck to the same philosophy when it comes to the draft; especially with their early picks. So, it’s not really a secret or their shouldn’t be any reason to doubt that Denver will use the same strategy here in 2017.

Many believe that the Broncos by far need a left tackle more than any other position, so everybody is picking them to take one of the top tackles with the 20th overall selection. However, recently, John has sent praise out to Ty Sambrailo and belief in their depth at the position with Donald Stephenson and Menelik Watson able to playthere if needed. That’s not to say that the Broncos don’t need help at left tackle, or that they absolutely shouldn’t take one — it’s just pretty much saying that they are keeping every option open and they will likely again let the happenings ahead of them in the draft dictate what they decide to do.

One thing that could happen is a trade. Elway has never been shy to either trade up or down if he sees an opportunity to grab his guy or to move back and stock pile good value picks if they can. The thought it that there are tackles and defensive lineman just as good as these mid-to-late first round guys that are available in the second round, so Denver could decide to do that. On the flip side, it’s not very likely that a guy like Christian McCaffrey is available at No. 20, so if Elway really wants the Stanford star, he will likely have to move up.

If the Broncos do indeed stay at No. 20, the value of guys is really questionable. This draft can go in a lot of different directions, and you could see a really impact player like Reuben Foster fall to the spot the Broncos are in. At the same time, the value of the three big name offensive linemen — Ryan Ramczyk, Garret Bolles and Cam Robinson — isn’t really worth taking with the No. 20 pick; at least not when you have so many potentially great players on defense and skill positions on offense in this draft.

Unless the Broncos move back, or they really do have these tackles ranked high on their list, I don’t see it very likely that they waste this No. 20 overall pick on an offensive tackle that isn’t ready to take over the starting left tackle job right away. John Elway has always taken the best player available (according to their board) with his first round picks, and I don’t see that changing just because everyone thinks they have one large hole at the left tackle position. Elway himself has said that he believes in the players they have at the position, so obviously he doesn’t see it as their one and only hole on the roster.



Founder/Owner of 303 Sports Network. A Sport Indsutry Operations major from Metro State University of Denver, Nick is a lifelong sports fan and an experienced professional in the sporting world. He has worked for all of the major sports teams in Denver, and is credentialed for DU Pioneer sports events.


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