Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, April 11, 2019

The history of players drafted at 10th overall is full of talent. There are league MVPs, Hall of Famers, franchise leaders — in short, some of the best to play the game, either now or in their era. Before the Broncos try to find a player to join them with that spot in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft, take a look at some of the best who were drafted at that position before, in chronological order.

First place: 1983

This should surprise exactly nobody. There's a chance the 2004 class could eventually send three quarterbacks to Canton, although Roethlisberger seems to be the only sure thing to make it to the Hall of Fame. The '83 draft already has three legendary quarterbacks enshrined in John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, who combined for 23 Pro Bowl appearances. Ken O'Brien spent seven years as the primary starter for the Jets, marking a fourth valuable player drafted in the first round. Todd Blackledge and Tony Eason didn't reach lofty heights, but Eason was still good enough to start a Super Bowl.

John Elway the Hall of Fame quarterback and Broncos’ general manager was there to watch the full 50-minute workout. He observed Colorado State quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuel throw to receivers like Colorado’s Juwann Winfree and Kavion Ento and Colorado School of Mines’ Brody Oliver.

Worthington (Cherokee Trail) and Wyoming safety Andrew Wingard (Ralston Valley) were the only two participants who were invited to the Scouting Combine. Both could be Day 3 picks (rounds 4-7).

The Broncos traded for Joe Flacco this offseason, but he’s not an appropriate long-term answer at quarterback in a division with Patrick Mahomes. So finding someone who can spend a year learning under Flacco and take the reins in 2020 should be of the utmost priority. Denver also needs to draft someone who can potentially start at center and guard, and a little receiver would be nice, too, especially with Emmanuel Sanders coming off an Achilles injury. Don’t sleep on tight end either, where the Broncos lack a proven playmaker that defenses must account for. Defensively, look for new head coach Vic Fangio — who puts a premium on having two terrific inside linebackers — to covet a player who can challenge Todd Davis and Josey Jewell. The Broncos might want to draft a young safety as well, with both their starters (Will Parks and Justin Simmons) set to hit the market in 2020.

With pro days in the books and the 2019 NFL Draft on tap at the end of this month (April 25-27 in Nashville, Tennessee), here's an updated look at my top five prospects at each position.

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