Broncos, Briefly: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

2018 NFL rookie report card: Ranking each team's class, 1 to 32 (Jeremy Bergman and Nick Shook, NFL.com)

A year after Denver's draft netted the team exactly one legitimate contributor (Garett Bolles), the Broncos came away with a solid haul. Chubb was lost in the shuffle of the season, but he was an impact player opposite Von Miller, racking up 60 tackles and 12 sacks as a rookie. Sutton is the new jump-ball winner Denver sorely needed, and Freeman was one half of a rookie backfield that looks to be set for years to come. Lindsay was the best addition of the entire class, and he came via free agency. Jewell was a great find in the fourth round, starting nine games and appearing in all 16 contests while growing into a starting linebacker. Hamilton found success in spots and Bierria is a solid depth linebacker. Yiadom had an up-and-down season, as a player you noticed more for his mistakes than his positive contributions. The Lindsay pickup, combined with the Chubb selection, carries this grade.

Denver Post NFL Mock Draft: Projecting Round 1 (Ryan O'Halloran, The Denver Post)

10. Broncos: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Acquiring quarterback Joe Flacco allows the Broncos to add a player in Murphy who has size (5-foot-10/185 pounds) and a nose for the football (seven interceptions in 20 games).

The draft has some quality cornerbacks, especially near the top of the board, including LSU's Greedy Williams, Georgia's Deandre Baker, Notre Dame's Julian Love, Michigan State's Justin Layne and Washington's Byron Murphy. And Harris does give the Broncos a starting point few teams can match.

I applaud John Elway for not hiring another young coach who is too inexperienced to challenge his authority and opinions. Elway went the other way with his hire of Vic Fangio and brought in a crusty, older, veteran coach who understands the difference between good and great.

Bolstering an offensive line is rarely easy, especially through the draft. The transition from college to the pros for linemen can be one of the most difficult transitions for NFL rookies. “An offensive lineman has to have 60 great plays, or they could have 58 great plays.

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