Denver Broncos: Drafting For Potential

Pete WilliamsCorrespondent IApril 25, 2010

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Demaryius Thomas #8 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against the Georgia Bulldogs at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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My first thought of the the Denver Broncos draft was that they were drafting for potential.

Josh McDaniels has, in my mind, drafted players that, if the coaching staff can get the most out of them, could be considered steals.

Denver attacks:

  • DeMaryius Thomas. He has the potential to be the next Brandon Marshall without the personality downsides.
  • Tim Tebow,in the best scenario where Tebow gets his mechanics right—this kid could win four Super Bowls and be the face of the Denver franchise for the next ten years.
  • Eric Decker. With Thomas and Decker, Denver landed two top five WR according to Mayocks value chart.
If you add Eddie Royal to Thomas and Decker, these guys can really develop alongside Tebow. And Denver will have a top five offense—if they all live up to their potential. You could also add Moreno to this group of youngsters living up to their potential. And if anything, you can bet that Tebow will be working day and night to make this group great.

Denver O-line:
Im a firm believer of O-lines being built as a unit more than a group of individuals. With the three O-line picks in the draft, Denver potentially has created the inside core for years to come. Those three guys can develop together and push each other.
Denver has added very raw gems at CB. But Denver also has the experienced starters that can help and buy the youngsters time to develop. Cox in particular has the raw potential of a true 1st round pick.
Denver has to focus on getting the full potential out of this draft class. Orton will be the caretaker for one year as the new offense develops in the bleachers. Quinn will push both Orton and Tebow. Also, if Tebow needs more time to develop, Quinn could start as of 2011.
Just like his mentor Belichick, McDaniels has drafted for potential, however McDaniels has drafted with a higher risk/reward ratio—which is natural as he has something to prove. If the picks of this draft is a success for Denver, McDaniels is the new star head coach in the NFL—otherwise he could go back to being offensive coordinator.
Next year Denver will look at the defense.
Draft grade A+ to C-