ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos officially own the 10th-overall pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.
The Broncos picked fifth in the 2018 NFL Draft, when they selected outside linebacker Bradley Chubb.
This is the first time the Broncos have had consecutive top-10 selections since 1972 and 1973, when they drafted Riley Odoms and Otis Armstrong with the fifth- and ninth-overall picks, respectively.
Odoms and Armstrong went on to combine for six Pro Bowl selections and three All-Pro selections. Armstrong led the league in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage in 1974.
Notable 10th-overall picks from recent drafts include Josh Rosen (2018), Patrick Mahomes (2017), Todd Gurley (2015), Eric Ebron (2014), Stephon Gilmore (2012) and Michael Crabtree (2009).
In President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway's current tenure (2011-present) with the Broncos, the team has taken the following players in the first round: Von Miller (No. 2 overall), Sylvester Williams (No. 28), Bradley Roby (No. 31), Shane Ray (No. 23), Paxton Lynch (No. 26), Garett Bolles (No. 20), and Chubb (No. 5).
The Broncos were among four teams that finished with 6-10 season records. Of those four, the Broncos and the Bills finished with identical strengths of schedule as well as identical conference records and records against common opponents. Thus, the NFL used the strength of victory tiebreaker to determine the ninth- and 10th-overall selections:
"The tie between Buffalo and Denver for the 9th and 10th position was broken by conference tiebreakers. Since both clubs had the same conference record (4-8), their win-loss-tie percentages in common games is applied. Since both clubs had the same record in common games (1-4), their win-loss-tied percentage in strength of victory is applied. Since Buffalo (.411) had a lower win-loss-tie percentage in strength of victory than Denver (.464), they are given priority in the Draft order."