NFL Draft: Top 10 First-Round Picks in Denver Broncos History

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NFL Draft: Top 10 First-Round Picks in Denver Broncos History
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With the 2012 NFL draft nearing and all of the talk surrounding the first-round pick, let us take a look at the Denver Broncos' top 10 first-round picks in the last 50 years and see what impact they had on the franchise.

When deciding who made the list, as well as where they placed on the list, I took several factors into consideration.

Remember, the first criteria that is required to make this slideshow is that the player must have been drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round. Sorry John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Davis, Gary Zimmerman, Karl Mecklenburg and Tom Jackson. None of you were selected in the first round by the Denver Broncos.

In fact, most of them (other than Elway and Zimmerman) were selected in much later rounds. Remember that when the late rounds in the 2012 NFL draft come around.

There are 10 players on this list. When determining how they were chosen I considered four main factors. Other than the obvious criteria listed above, these factors include:

  1. The number of years they spent with the Broncos
  2. How many pro-bowls they went to
  3. Their career stats
  4. Any additional awards they received during their career.

Each player has these categories listed on their slide, so you'll be able to view where all of them fall in these categories.

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