What does it take to become Peyton Manning’s best friend on the football field? For starters, you can’t make many mistakes or you will never see the field. Football intelligence and hard work are also prerequisites; don’t expect to be a friend of Manning while trying to rely only on your athletic ability.
When the Denver Broncos consider whom to draft, they are going to look for players that help Manning. The Broncos have about a two-year window to try to win a Super Bowl with Manning, so every prospect drafted in the first few rounds should be immediate contributors.
Hindsight is 20-20, but the Broncos certainly didn’t have the most amazing 2012 draft class. Outside of Derek Wolfe, the Broncos didn’t get a lot of immediate production. Some of that was intentional, but the Broncos might have a greater sense of urgency in 2013.
The draft prospects with the attributes to become Peyton Manning’s best friends are exactly the types of players the Broncos need to make a couple runs at the Lombardi trophy.