Behind the scenes: Broncos sign rookie deals and meet John Elway
Nine of the ten players in the Broncos' 2020 draft class officially signed their rookie contracts and met John Elway on Monday.
'I go hard every play': Justin Strnad describes what his role might be in Vic Fangio's defense
After being selected by the Broncos in the fifth round, former Wake Forest linebacker Justin Strnad talks about what Vic Fangio told him over the phone and what it will be like playing alongside Bradley Chubb and Von Miller.
Justin Strnad gets 'The Call' from the Broncos
Fifth-round pick Justin Strnad gets the phone call from President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and Head Coach Vic Fangio notifying him that he'll be a Denver Bronco.
2020 NFL Draft Highlights: Justin Strnad
Check out some of the top plays from Broncos fifth-round pick LB Justin Strnad's career at Wake Forest.
Strnad (pronounced stir-NAD) pulled off a strange double as a sophomore with the Demon Deacons. He led the team with three interceptions and also with 10 special teams tackles; he did not start any of the 13 games he played, but still managed 51 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and the three picks. Wake coaches got him into the starting lineup in 2018, and he led the team with 105 stops (8.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, five pass breakups in 13 games) on his way to honorable mention All-ACC honors. He was off to a strong start in his senior year but had surgery on his torn right biceps in October; in eight games (seven starts) he recorded 69 tackles, 5.5 for loss, two sacks, an interception, and four pass breakups to earn honorable mention All-ACC honors. Strnad was a three-star recruit and Tampa Tribune All-County selection from Palm Harbor before heading to North Carolina for college. He redshirted in 2015 and played in all 13 games as a reserve the following season (19 tackles).
He's built like a tall, puffed-up safety, but he also runs like one with the range to find play after play when he's kept clean. Strnad could have issues against downhill running attacks due to a lack of size and hand usage. He's an explosive athlete and aggressive striker, but big backs could wear him down on the pro level. He has the twitch and burst to roam from sideline to sideline and should play faster and more efficiently as his recognition improves. He's an ascending playmaker whose athleticism, third-down talent and special-teams ability could make him a middle-round selection as a 4-3 WILL or 3-4 ILB if his medicals check out.
- Desired combination of speed and athleticism
- Plays with twitchy, sudden feet
- Has slide quickness to work in phase with runners and ahead of blockers
- Outstanding range to head off wide flowing run plays
- Knives into gaps looking to disrupt the plan
- Loose hips and plus-agility for fluid movements in all directions
- Electric burst to close and is not a hesitant hitter
- Unloads with pops when he gets his shots
- Offers third-down athletic ability and coverage potential
- Good plant-and-drives to challenge throws or tackle pass-catchers quickly
- Four-phase special-teams talent
After spending rookie season on IR, LB Justin Strnad still has 'everything to prove'
"I'm just looking to contribute in any way, whether it's base, sub-packages, special teams," Strnad said.
Evaluating how the Broncos' late-round draft picks performed in 2020
Albert Okwuegbunam's game against the Los Angeles Chargers was one of the highlights of the Broncos' season.
#BroncosCamp Injury Report: Rookie LB Justin Strnad to miss 2020 season after undergoing wrist surgery
Several Broncos also missed practice on Monday with soft-tissue injuries.
#BroncosCamp injury report: Von Miller, Nick Vannett return to practice; Michael Ojemudia, Justin Strnad miss time
As Von Miller and Nick Vannett returned, rookie cornerback Michael Ojemudia will miss "at least a week" with a quad injury, Head Coach Vic Fangio said.
'I like what I see': Rookie LB Justin Strnad impressing HC Vic Fangio, teammates in early stages of #BroncosCamp
Plus, hear from Jake Butt on why he's remained motivated, Fangio on the team's rookies and Alexander Johnson on his goals for the year.
Broncos agree to terms with fifth-round pick Justin Strnad on rookie contract
Strnad is the seventh member of the Broncos' draft class to agree to his rookie deal.
#BroncosCamp preview: Evaluating Denver's inside linebacking corps
Alexander Johnson brought a new element to the Broncos' linebacking corps in 2019, but we'll be watching in training camp to see if he can take his game to an even higher level.
Broncos announce uniform numbers for 2020 rookie class, other new additions
The Broncos' rookie class, future-contract signings and newest free-agent additions have picked their new numbers.
Ask Aric: What role will the Broncos' rookies play in Year 1?
In this post-draft edition of the mailbag, Aric DiLalla evaluates where the Broncos' rookies fit in, how Denver's offensive line is shaping up and much more.
A brief look at Denver's Day 3 picks and what they bring to the Broncos
From Albert Okwuegbunam to Derrek Tuszka, get to know the Broncos' five Day 3 selections.
Broncos' 2020 draft picks sign rookie contracts, meet John Elway
Nearly all of the Broncos' 2020 draft class arrived at UCHealth Training Center to ink their rookie contracts and meet President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway. (KJ Hamler is not eligible to enter the building until Tuesday after starting his COVID testing a day later than the rest of the group.)
Rookie flashbacks: The biggest movies, news and more from Broncos rookies' birth years
You might feel a little old when you see what the big movies, songs and news was in the years in which several of our rookies were born.
Pro Football Focus stats to know about the Broncos' 2020 draft class
Using stats from Pro Football Focus' 2020 NFL Draft guide, we collected some of the top stats and grades to know about each player in the Broncos' 2020 NFL Draft class.
From Jeudy to Tuszka: Here's the Denver Broncos' 2020 NFL Draft class
Here's a quick rundown of who make up the Broncos' 2020 NFL Draft class, with a photo for each pick.