Denver Broncos 2017 Draft Board Round 1, Pick 20: Garett Bolles, OT, Utah Utes
Analysis: The Broncos were drawn to Bolles’ toughness and meanstreak. He is an athletic tackle who prides himself on being “the nasty prick” he can be and “putting people in the dirt”.
Bolles fits Denver’s newfound mentality on the offensive line. In signing Ronald Leary and Menelik Watson, the Broncos targeted players who are willing and able to be the bullies.
Round 2, Pick 51: Demarcus Walker, DE, Florida State Seminoles
Analysis: Walker has some tools the Broncos can work with and Bill Kollar is the guy to do it. As a questionable fit, they will have their work cut out for them. He had 16 sacks in 2016, and despite 12 of them being coverage sacks, he is going to the team with the best secondary in the NFL.
Round 3, Pick 82: Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Analysis: With 4.4-speed, Henderson can take the top off a defense. Working in conjunction with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, Henderson gives Denver’s two young quarterbacks another weapon in the passing game.
Henderson is an absolutely electric playmaker, who immediately upgrades Denver’s passing attack. The Broncos have been missing a true No. 3 receiver since Wes Welker departed.
Round 3, Pick 101 (Compensatory): Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar University
Analysis: Big, long and athletic, Langley is an immediate contributor on special teams and should beat out Lorenzo Doss for the No. 4 cornerback position. Langley has a nose for the ball and offers a lot in run support, which is what caught Denver’s eye.
Round 5, Pick 145: Jake Butt, TE, Michigan Wolverines
Analysis: Butt was a top-3 tight end before the got hurt. He likely would’ve been gone early/mid second. Then the injury happens. He is a competitor through and through, and his competitiveness led to the injury. He needs work as a blocker, but he competes and wants to grow there.
Butt competes every time he touches the ball and has really good hands, which Denver is missing from their tight ends. Inline, slot, out wide, in the backfield, Butt can line up wherever. He might not be the athlete some may want, but is a reliable, competitive leader at tight end.
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