Grading the Draft: Denver Broncos
Grade: B. Denver filled needs with value picks in the first two rounds, added depth at pass rusher and receiver in the fifth frame, selected a developmental prospect in round six then finished the draft with future trade bait. The reason we don’t give this draft a higher grade was the selection of Webster in round three. Regardless, the Denver Broncos leave the draft a better team, on paper anyway.
The reaction in our draft chat to the selection of Kayvon Webster was a collective Who's that?, so it's understandable that Pauline would use it to downgrade Denver's draft. In the end, it's just a (meaningless) draft grade, and the player notes are more useful. As usual, good insight from Pauline.
FWIW, a year ago Pauline called Ronnie Hillman a reach. That Denver doubled up in 2013 by using a second-round pick on a running back may confirm that assessment.
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