Broncos, Briefly: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Keenum the No. 1 addition of the offseason (David Carr, NFL.com)
Keenum, who can manage this offense well and can play above the Xs and Os, is surrounded by talented receivers in Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Courtland Sutton. And Denver's defense, which added pass rusher Bradley Chubb with the fifth overall pick, should keep the pressure off the offense and help keep the team in every game.

Freeman to compete immediately for Broncos’ starting running back job (Gina Mizell, Denver Post)
Royce Freeman had no idea the Broncos were interested in selecting him in the NFL draft. But the former Oregon star running back acknowledges he scoured various rosters leading up to the weekend.

Why Elway values defense, pass rushers (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)
Denver's Super Bowl victory after the 2015 season was fueled by the pass rush and an overpowering secondary. The Broncos were a migraine-in-waiting for opposing quarterbacks, as six players finished that season with at least four sacks and then-defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had a variety of options in lining up his personnel.

From Mr. Irrelevant on up, each team’s best (non-Round 1) draft pick (Chris Burke, The Athletic)
Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis still stand as Denver’s projected starting inside linebackers. The latter might not want to get too comfortable. Jewell is an excellent fit for the Broncos’ 3-4 attack, with his ability to find the football and pick through traffic. Don’t be shocked if he’s pushing 100 tackles by 2019 or ’20.

One question, 32 answers: What do you think about every team’s offseason? (Peter King, MMQB)
We may never know if John Elway would have taken Baker Mayfield with the fifth pick in the draft if the Oklahoma quarterback was there … but the benefit to Mayfield’s absence is the best two-man edge rush in football: Bradley Chubb and Von Miller.

24 hours … with Bradley Chubb and his team at the NFL Draft (Jenny Vrentas, MMQB)
Cat-and-mouse text messages. An emotion-laden draft-eve dinner. A frantic helicopter flight from DFW to Jerry Jones’s helipad. A surprise Green Room twist. And, finally, a dream come true for a player, his family and all those who helped make it happen. The MMQB went behind the scenes in the dramatic runup to the moment when the N.C. State defensive end, the defensive prize of the 2018 draft, was welcomed into the NFL.

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