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The Broncos have not had the best of luck when drafting out of the first round.
With all the money that was tied into first-round players, Denver has not done well with its investments.
In the last 10 drafts, excluding this year’s draft because the jury is still out on Von Miller (although he is looking like a true player), Denver has drafted 11 players. Of those 11, only six are still on the team.
Four were drafted in the 2008 and 2009 drafts, and we really don’t know what to make of Knowshon Moreno, Robert Ayers, Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow, but many have labeled them as busts and mistakes. The only serious contributors of the bunch are D.J. Williams and Ryan Clady. If the Denver Broncos want to gain more wins, they need to have more success out of the first round.
Denver also needs to get lucky and find more late-round “diamonds in the rough” who made the glory years possible, players like: Karl Mecklenberg (11th round), Shannon Sharpe (seventh round), Rod Smith (undrafted), Terrell Davis (sixth round) and Peyton Hillis (seventh round; traded).