Best known for leading his team to victory on the field, John Elway spent the past three years helping build the team he now leads off the field through the NFL draft. Serving as the Denver Broncos' executive vice president of football operations since January 2011, Elway handpicked several key additions to a Broncos roster that has undergone a tremendous transformation since he came onboard.
When the former two-time Super Bowl champ assumed his current executive role, the Mile High City had hit rock bottom.
In 2010, Denver posted its worst regular-season record (4-12) since the year before Elway’s rookie season when the team went 2-7 (a strike-shortened 1982 season). Furthermore, the 2010 Broncos were in the midst of the club’s longest playoff drought since the 1970s, missing the postseason five consecutive years.
Once again, the fans of Denver would put their faith in the “Comeback Kid” to turn their team around.
Through three drafts and several high-impact free-agency acquisitions, Elway helped the 2013 Broncos ascend all the way to its first Super Bowl appearance since Elway’s final season as a player in 1998. It’s no wonder Broncos owner Pat Bowlen recently added the role of general manager to Elway’s title.
Now, with another NFL draft just weeks away, let’s reflect on Denver’s impressive transformation by counting down the best picks from the first three years of Elway’s executive era.