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Off the Clock: Denver Broncos 2020 NFL Draft Review

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Off the Clock: Denver Broncos 2020 NFL Draft Review

2020-07-13 14:42:21

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Denver Broncos first-round pick Jerry Jeudy at Alabama. (Image Source: Vasha Hunt/Associated Press)

Here’s a review of the Denver Broncos ten picks in the 2020 NFL Draft:

OTC: Bears | Browns | Bucs | Cardinals | Chiefs | Cowboys | Eagles | Jets | Packers | Raiders | Saints | Steelers | 49ers | NFL Draft Links: Picks 1-8 | Picks 9-16 | Picks 17-24 | Picks 27-32 |

Round 1 (15th Overall) WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama: Considered one of the best route runners to come out of college in years, many evaluated Jeudy as a top-10 prospect in this class and the No. 1 receiver. Most of his measurables are average as Jeudy relies on his 4.45 speed and understanding of how to get open to be an impact player. He’s a potential No. 1 WR who changes speeds well, has quality hands, and excellent body control. The Broncos know if Drew Lock is to succeed and they’re going to have to improve after having one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL last season, weapons were needed. The polished Jeudy is ready to contribute now.

Round 2 (46th Overall) WR KJ Hamler, Penn State: One of my favorite picks of this draft. Not only did the Broncos get great value with Hamler but they went all-in on turning a weakness into a strength and put their quarterback in position to flourish. Kudos. Hamler is a dynamic slot receiver who isn’t just dangerous after the catch but a legitimate deep threat who is also a crisp route runner. He’s the ideal type of receiver to complement the other pieces they have in place in Denver. Also, he can be a game-changing return man.

Round 3 (77th Overall) CB Michael Ojemudia, Iowa: The Iowa product brings excellent size at 6’1” and 200 pounds with good speed (4.45 40-yard dash). That skill set allows him to be able to line up in press coverage with the versatility to handle zone duties as well, which he did at Iowa. While some view this pick as a reach, because of his inconsistent play, Ojemudia is an underrated prospect. Could also end up as an excellent cover safety.

Round 3 (83rd Overall) C Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU: Some had Cushenberry as the top center in this class, so this appears to be an excellent value pick for the Broncos while filing a position of need. Don’t be surprised if he’s the first player in this class to win a starting job in Denver. The SEC product has average size and athleticism but has long arms with big hands, ideal for trench play. At his best in pass protection, Cushenberry has also flashed the ability to get out in space in the run game.

Round 3 (95th Overall) DT Agim McTelvin, Arkansas: Denver came into the draft looking to improve their immediate defensive line depth with an eye towards finding a potential future starter. With 40 starts at Arkansas, McTelvin lined up at both tackle and end, which could make him an ideal fit in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 scheme as a five-technique. He has the bulk and quickness to make an impact, including as an interior pass rusher.

Round 4 (118th Overall) TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri: Looking to add to their suddenly talented group of pass-catchers, Denver selects one of the more physically gifted players in this class. At 6’5” and 258 pounds with very long arms (34 1/8”) and big hands (10 ¼”), Okwuegbunam has excellent size. He’s built like an inline tight end with receiver speed (4.49 40-yard dash). While he caught 23 touchdowns, more was expected from him in college. The tools are there for the Tiger to be an excellent all-around tight end and he played his best football catching passes from Lock at Mizzou.

Jets OTC: Offensive Needs | Defensive Needs | Mekhi Becton | Denzel Mims | Ashtyn Davis | Jabari Zuniga | La’Mical Perine | James Morgan | Cameron Clark | Bryce Hall | Braden Mann |

Round 5 (178th Overall) OLB Justin Strnad, Wake Forest: Light in the pants (238 pounds) and on athleticism, Strnad was a highly productive linebacker at Wake Forest where he racked up tackles and flashed ability as a blitzer, as well as in coverage. He’s a fluid player who will need to prove himself as a special teamer first and foremost. The high-school safety could end up in a hybrid role on subpackages.

Round 6 (181st Overall) OG Netane Muti, Fresno State: Lacking in length at just 6’3” with extremely short arms (31 ¾”), Muti makes up for it with very big hands (10 5/8) and impressive upper-body strength (44 bench reps were tied for the fourth-most ever at the NFL Scouting Combine). A powerful blocker who moves defenders in the run game and holds his own in pass protection has starter potential if he can finally stay healthy (five games played in the past two seasons).

Round 7 (252nd Overall) WR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida: With good size, length, speed, and explosiveness, Cleveland is extremely talented for a seventh-round pick. Very highly touted coming out of high school, Cleveland never flourished as a receiver in Florida so he will likely have to make the Broncos on special teams, both in coverage and as a returner.

Round 7 (254th Overall) OLB Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State: An explosive athlete who can run and has very nimble feet, Tuszka will likely be served to transition from defensive end to rush linebacker. Despite his short arms, he has the knack for getting after the quarterback. At this point in the draft, love the value Tuszka brings, as a potential situational pass rusher. Great pick.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

 
 
 

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