|By Tony Moss, NFL Editor|
|Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below we take a look at the 2010 draft selections of the Denver Broncos, highlighting the ramifications of their two-day haul and assigning grades for their efforts.|
1 - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech (6-3, 230);
1 - Tim Tebow, QB, Florida (6-3, 236);
2 - Zane Beadles, OL, Utah (6-4, 310);
3 - J.D. Walton, C, Baylor (6-3, 300);
3 - Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota (6-3, 217);
5 - Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State (5-11, 195);
6 - Eric Olsen, C, Notre Dame (6-4, 306);
7 - Syd'Quan Thompson, CB, California (5-9, 182);
7 - Jammie Kirlew, OLB, Indiana (6-1, 260);
Analysis: Josh McDaniels gushed about Dez Bryant after the wideout's visit last week, traded up with New England to get into position to take him (after trading down from No. 11, then No. 13), then defied convention by selecting the bigger Thomas. Thomas is an athletic specimen, but might take some time to develop. Give some credit to McDaniels for going "all in" with two highly risky developmental players, a couple of guys who are going to struggle to get on the field for a team that needs to win in 2010. Tebow's progression will be worth watching, but how much will he contribute as a rookie? The Broncos went the bizarre route in Round 2 as well. Beadles is versatile, but No. 45 might have been too steep for a guy that projects as an adequate guard or center. Walton, the third-round pick, only played center in college. The athletic Decker could end up being the Broncos' biggest immediate-impact player of the first three rounds. Cox is a good player who slipped to the fifth-round mainly due to character concerns. Olsen is a potential backup on the interior line. The smallish Thompson's ceiling is as a nickel corner. The signing of free agent LB Akin Ayodele may have been the team's biggest immediate impact move of the three-day event.
Bottom Line: Broncos drafted like a team that has won three straight Super Bowls, selecting luxury picks early and trying to prove how much smarter they are than the rest of the league.