Often times, we witness a quarterbacks being drafted to teams not very well suited for them. This is because, most of the time when you have to start over and draft a new signal caller, it is because you did so terribly the year before.
Obviously, the quarterback debate was nothing but a smoke screen.
There are several examples of could-have-been greats. The best example might be David Carr. He came to the NFL as a former college superstar but was sacked half to death in his first seasons in the league
That leads to the fact that, in order to get time to develop properly as a quarterback, you need a sound offensive line.
It’s been discussed if the Broncos should make the left side of their offense their strong side. This is because Tim Tebow is a southpaw, and it is likely that he would benefit from this.
Assuming that is what the Broncos are planning to do, they might have come a long way in drafting right tackle Orlando Franklin.
If Denver was to switch its strong side, it would make the right tackle responsible for protecting the quarterback’s blindside—thus making Franklin immensely important.
Franklin is also a very good run blocker, and Coach Fox must surely be hoping the big tackle can help the running game pick up again. The Broncos often put their defense in bad positions last year, because the offense was so one dimensional.
Again, letting the running game pick up would also benefit the passing game. It would make it a lot easier for a developing quarterback to succeed.
My favorite pick this year was the selection of tight end Virgil Green.
It is a true mystery how Green could fall to the seventh round, and Denver’s scouting department must have been dancing when he was still available at 204th overall.
They ran the ball a lot at Nevada, so if you were not a solid blocker, you could not play. Green helped block for Colin Kaepernick—among others—in Nevada’s pistol offense.
Green is also an outstanding receiver for a tight end. He played wide receiver in high school and has very good hands. His 42-inch vertical jump at the NFL combine just underlines the kind of a matchup problem he will be at the next level.
In my opinion, Green just might turn out to be the biggest draft steal of the class of 2011.
The selection also helps Tebow a lot. What’s better than to have a good receiving tight end to check it down to if you are ever flustered?
Now that the dust from the 2011 NFL draft has settled, there is just one problem—the Broncos failed to address their need at defensive tackle. Unfortunately, the lockout has been put back into effect again, so there’s no knowing if this problem can be solved in free agency.
Either way, I think the Broncos did themselves a lot of favors in this year’s draft. There are strong indications that it is getting close to Tebow time in Denver, and the fans are—as always—very excited.
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