Tuesday, April 29, 2008

2008 Draft Part 1

All of my posts so far have been about Broncos players of the past. This week, I will look at the newest members of the franchise. Starting today with the first few rounds of this past weekend's draft:

1st Round: Ryan Clady, OT Boise State
I haven't figured out how to move pictures around yet, so Clady is the big guy in the blue pajamas wearing #79. Incredibly light on his feet for such a big man, Clady was drafted to replace the retired Matt Lepsis at left tackle. He should be quick enough to stay with pass rushers off the edge, while also having a lot of knowledge of the Broncos zone blocking scheme, as Boise State used it as well. Drafted to protect Jay Cutler and could start from day 1.
2nd Round: Eddie Royal, WR Virginia Tech
The Broncos have a big need for a return man, and Royal fits the bill. He should be the primary return man from day 1, and also may contribute as a slot receiver. I would imagine he would be dangerous on end-arounds and reverses also. He holds the Virginia Tech career record for all purpose yards and the ACC record for career punt return yards.
4th Round: Kory Lichtensteiger OL Bowling Green
A four year starter for the Falcons, Kory can play both guard and center. Known for solid technique and outstanding blocking ability, but also for a bit of a mean streak. I like this pick for that reason.
4th Round: Jack Williams CB Kent State
This guy can fly - he has great speed. He ran a 4.32 at his Pro Day and also had very impressive numbers in the cone drill and vertical jump. He's got good size for a corner. Given his athleticism, he could be underrated as a prospect and is a great value at this point in the draft.
5th Round: Ryan Torain RB Arizona State
It's hard to fault the Broncos when they take a running back in the later rounds. They have great success at unearthing hidden gems at this position. Torain started the season really well, but was derailed by a foot injury midway through the year. He's a junior college transfer that likes to run between the tackles. Given Denver's traditional success taking RBs in the middle rounds, the Arizona State product has potential to develop.
Tomorrow/Thursday: Part 2

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