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Mile High Morning: Rounding up 2023 Broncos draft grades


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While we won't fully know how the Broncos' 2023 draft class pans out for a few years, the instant draft grades are already here.

We've gathered a few of those grades below, along with commentary that highlights certain picks.

Commentary: "[Third-round pick Drew] Sanders was the consensus No. 37 overall player and can play all over. He has the ability to drop I coverage and come forward as a pass-rusher, as evidenced by his 75.0-plus pass-rush and coverage grades. The Broncos will deploy him everywhere, with a likely primary role as the strongside linebacker, and their strong defense just got even better in the front seven."

Sporting News’ grade: B+ (14th-best class)

Commentary: "The Broncos didn't have much draft capital a year after the Russell Wilson trade but they maximized it with Sanders, [Riley] Moss and [JL] Skinner being all good active playmaking fits for Vance Joseph's new attack defense." - Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Commentary: "It's a good fit for [wide receiver Marvin] Mims, who has upside as a deep threat, though Denver has a deep depth chart for now. … I had a fourth-round grade on safety JL Skinner (183), so the Broncos got good value on Day 3." - Mel Kiper Jr.

Commentary: "Mims will outperform his draft status as a playmaker inside and outside, much like former Bronco Emmanuel Sanders. … They added tight end Adam Trautman from head coach Sean Payton's former team in a trade on Saturday, which seems like good value." - Chad Reuter,

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In case you missed it, the Broncos exercised the option on wide receiver Jerry Jeudy’s rookie contract. The veteran receiver is now under contract with Denver through 2024.

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