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Broncos, Briefly: Monday, April 30, 2018

Sutton’s legendary basketball coach says WR brings what Broncos need (Paul Klee, Colorado Springs Gazette)
"When I saw you wanted to talk about Courtland it got my attention," Brown said. "I'll talk all day about Courtland. Special, special guy. His leadership, his personality. Just thrilled for him to go to the Broncos."

Elway to keep his personnel staff intact (Mike Klis, 9News)
Broncos general manager John Elway will not be making changes. Elway, director of player personnel Matt Russell and the Broncos' personnel are coming off a 2018 NFL draft that is getting universally lauded.

Broncos believe a rise in maturity will raise their game (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)
The Broncos' 2018 draft class is filled with former team captains and multi-year starters who have game after game and season after season of proven production.

40 things we learned from the 2018 NFL draft (Lindsay Jones, USA Today)
Trades, slides and milestones — no one could have predicted this. The 2018 NFL draft was eye-opening in several respects, and here's a rundown of the big takeaways you need to know.

AFC draft grades: The Broncos are alone at the top followed by a lot of pass/fails (Mark Maske, Washington Post)
The Broncos, thought to be in the QB market, reacted appropriately when Bradley Chubb fell to them at No. 5 overall.

Patience pays off for Wisconsin tight end Fumagalli as Broncos select him in NFL Draft (Rick Armstrong, Chicago Tribune)
Troy Fumagalli earned that degree in December and was a consensus second-team All-American after catching 46 passes for 547 yards and four touchdowns.

Jones runs into Elway at Shanahan’s on Wednesday, drafted by Elway on Saturday (Mike Klis, 9News)
"I went there trying to get my mind off things and sure enough I see John Elway sitting like three tables away," Jones said in an interview with 9News. "I'm thinking, well, do I go over and say something or not? It looked like he was done."

Broncos fill needs on and off the field with 10-player draft haul (Nicki Jhabvala, The Athletic)
On Day 1 of the draft, he landed the best defensive player in the pool, Bradley Chubb. On Day 2, he found a receiver with the potential to be a starter in Courtland Sutton, a workhorse of a running back in Royce Freeman and a long corner with the potential to be a key piece of the new No Fly Zone secondary in Isaac Yiadom.

2018 NFL Draft Winners, Losers: Packers, Giants, Browns score big while Rosen is a win for Cardinals (Will Brinson, CBS Sports)*
We won't know anything about the draft classes taken by these teams for a few years, but contractual obligations dictate we start to make some knee-jerk reactions. Believe me, no one is more aware of the inherent danger in judging a draft class within hours of it being secured than yours truly. *

2018 NFL Draft grades: Analysis of all 32 teams (Andy Benoit, MMQB)
This defense is not much different than the one that brought home a Lombardi Trophy in 2015, especially now that Bradley Chubb is filling the void left by DeMarcus Ware.

The Broncos know exactly what they’re getting in Iowa’s Jewell (Marc Morehouse, Iowa City Gazette)*
Tackling isn't a simple art. A lot of football fans take that for granted. *

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