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Broncos Draft History: Specialists

Posted Apr 25, 2011

A look back at the specialists the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft.

As we wrap up our week's preview of the specialists available in the 2011 NFL Draft, let's take a look back at who the Broncos have drafted at those positions.

Player: Jason Elam
Year Drafted: 1993
Round: 3b - 70 Overall
College: Hawaii

Broncos Career: For 15 seasons, Elam handled the kicking duties for the Broncos and rewrote the record book. A three-time Pro Bowler, Elam made 371 consecutive extra points, which is a franchise and NFL record. In 1998, Elam tied an NFL record 63-yard field goal against the Jaguars. He was named to the team's 50th Anniversary Team in 2009.

Player: Luke Prestridge
Year Drafted: 1979
Round: 7 - 188 Overall
College: Baylor

Broncos Career: Drafted in the seventh round of the 1979 NFL Draft, Prestridge served as the Broncos punter for five seasons. In 1982, Prestridge averaged 45.0 yards per punt and earned his only Pro Bowl nod. He concluded his NFL career in 1984 as a member of the New England Patriots.

Here are some other specialists drafted:

Year Rd. No. Name College
2005 7 239 Paul Ernster Northern Arizona
2001 4b 120 Nick Harris California
1996 7d 236 Brian Gragert Wyoming
1979 12 325 David Jacobs Syracuse
1977 7 185 Larry Swider Pittsburgh
1976 15 418 Wilbur Summers Louisville
1971 17 425 Jack Simcsak Virginia Tech
1970 15 375 Maher Barakat South Dakota Tech
1970 17 427 Frank Kalfoss Montana State
1966 16 N/A Frank Rogers Colorado

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