ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — While most top-talent disappears off the board during the first two days of the NFL Draft, there will be opportunities on Saturday to still find impact players in the later rounds.
Head Coach Vic Fangio is certain of that.
"Oh, sure," said Fangio when asked if teams can find players on Day 3 of the draft who can make an immediate impact. "Just recent history for me was [when] we got [safety] Eddie Jackson in the fourth round in Chicago. I think we got [running back] Tarik Cohen in the fourth round in Chicago. [Safety] Adrian Amos in the fifth round, I believe. All those guys have turned out to be good, productive players and played a lot of football for us there."
Those three players are arguably more than just "good, productive players."
Jackson and Cohen were both Pro Bowlers and first-team All-Pro selections in 2018, and Amos has started 56 games for the Bears in four seasons.
The Broncos, of course, have found their own success in late rounds under Elway’s leadership.
Pro Bowlers Julius Thomas and Malik Jackson were drafted in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively. Matt Paradis, Danny Trevathan and Trevor Siemian were all late-round picks who carved out starting roles with the Broncos. Andy Janovich and Will Parks — both drafted in the sixth round in 2016 — still hold significant roles on the roster.
The Broncos hold two fifth-round picks (No. 148 and No. 156) and one seventh-round pick (No. 237) on Saturday.