General manager John Elway took one character risk in Bradley Roby, so what’s one more?
ESPN Radio and Bleacher Report's Denver lead writer Cecil Lammey told me at Radio City that Isaiah Crowell is "arguably the most naturally talented back in this class."
Crowell’s issue is off the field, not on the field. Crowell failed a drug test while at Georgia and was charged with two felony counts of possession of a firearm. He ended up kicked out of Georgia because of it and landed at Alabama State.
A dynamic back, he could step in and actually start if he keeps his head on straight.
Plus, Denver likes Georgia backs. Knowshon Moreno, Terrell Davis, Orlandis Gary and Garrison Hearst all came from Georgia and played well (Moreno, eventually).
The Broncos weigh character heavily, but a Day 3 pick is a risk worth taking for the talented back looking for a chance to prove himself.
Meanwhile, Zac Dysert isn’t terribly exciting, and while the Broncos are content with Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, they’d like another quarterback to develop.
Expect to see one added later in the draft on Saturday.
All quotes obtained firsthand on site at the 2014 NFL draft unless otherwise specified.
Andrew Garda is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. He is also a member of the fantasy football staff at FootballGuys.com and the NFL writer at CheeseheadTV.com. You can follow him as he tweets live from Radio City for the draft @andrew_garda on Twitter.