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April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

A closer look at the Broncos’ picks:

Round 1/5 — Bradley Chubb, OLB, 6-4, 269, North Carolina State

Denver had the chance to trade down from No. 5, but opted to stand pat and pick the player who they thought was the best defender available in this year’s draft. Chubb will work at strong-side linebacker, where he will compete with veterans Shaquil Barrett and Shane Ray, but it’s only a matter of time before he starts.

Round 2/40 — Courtland Sutton, WR, 6-3, 218, Southern Methodist

Sutton is “raw,” as general manager John Elway said, but productive. His athleticism, ability to adjust to the ball in mid-flight and willingness to make catches in traffic give him a chance to be a No. 1 receiver.

Round 3/71 — Royce Freeman, RB, 6-0, 229, Oregon

Freeman had a heavy workload at Oregon, racking up over 1,000 total touches during his four years with the Ducks. But he rarely buckled, playing through minor injuries while establishing himself as a back as durable as he was productive. He will have a chance to compete with Devontae Booker for the starting job.

Round 3/99 — Isaac Yiadom, CB, 6-1, 190, Boston College

Like last year’s third-round pick, cornerback Brendan Langley, Yiadom is long and athletic. Unlike Langley, Yiadom stood out in Senior Bowl practices, where Langley struggled last year.

Round 4/106 — Josey Jewell, ILB, 6-1, 234, Iowa

A tackling machine at Iowa, the All-America pick should serve as a backup behind Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis this year, with the chance to develop into a starting role within two years.

Round 4/113 — DaeSean Hamilton, WR, 6-1, 203, Penn State

Hamilton’s precise route-running and willingness to make catches in traffic make him a fit as a potential slot receiver, something the Broncos have struggled to find since Wes Welker’s two-season (2013-14) run in the slot. He could also factor on punt returns, a skill at which he worked during Senior Bowl week.

Round 5/156 — Troy Fumagalli, TE, 6-5, 247, Wisconsin

One of three players coached by the Broncos during Senior Bowl week — along with CB Isaac Yiadom and WR DaeSean Hamilton — Fumagalli has a chance to earn an extensive role right away. He played under Paul Chryst — the brother of Broncos TE coach Geep Chryst — for the Badgers.

Round 6/183 — Sam Jones, G, 6-5, 305, Arizona State

A product of nearby Highlands Ranch, Colo., Jones did his pre-draft training at a Denver-area gym where he could work alongside Broncos offensive linemen such as starters Ron Leary, Matt Paradis and Connor McGovern. He has a chance to stick on the 53-man roster as a swing interior backup if he can beat out Max Garcia.

Round 6/217 — Keishawn Bierria, LB, 6-0, 230, Washington

Widely thought to be the heart of the Huskies’ defense, Bierria’s best chance to make the roster will be on special teams, where he will battle linebackers Joe Jones, Jerrol Garcia-Williams and Zaire Anderson for a backup spot.

Round 7/226 — David Williams, RB, 6-1, 229, Arkansas

Williams ran sparingly during his years at South Carolina, and only emerged as a starting back for five games during his graduate-transfer season at Arkansas. He will fight for playing time with 2017 sixth-round pick De’Angelo Henderson and rookie Phillip Lindsay, a standout at Colorado who agreed to terms with the Broncos after the draft.

PLUG AND PLAY

OLB Bradley Chubb: The Broncos want to get back to the sort of dual-threat edge-rush scenario that they had when DeMarcus Ware worked opposite Von Miller. The 269-pound Chubb can operate on the edge, but his size and power could also allow him to work as an inside rusher in sub packages.

WILL SURPRISE

WR DaeSean Hamilton: The Broncos coached Hamilton in the Senior Bowl, and head coach Vance Joseph felt that the Penn State product was the best wide receiver on the North team. He could become the Broncos’ slot receiver.

WHAT THE HELL?

RB David Williams: The Arkansas running back had a solid close to his graduate-transfer season after joining the Razorbacks from South Carolina. But Williams was rarely a primary back, making just five career starts.

PERSONNEL TRACKER
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–OL Allen Barbre filled in at left guard and right tackle after being acquired in a pre-camp trade, but the veteran is unlikely to return as the Broncos look toward younger options.

–RB Jamaal Charles: A disappointing season saw him underused, especially as the season wore on. Charles might have a bit more left in the tank, but if he does, he’ll likely empty it elsewhere.

–DE Jared Crick: Back issues ended Crick’s season before it began last year. Crick started for the Broncos in 2016, and he could be back in a rotational role if he has recovered.

–DE Billy Winn looked like he could push for a starting spot before he tore his ACL in the preseason opener. He could return to provide rotational depth if his recovery continues to progress.
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–NT Kyle Peko: The cousin of starter Domata Peko Sr., Peko brings energy to the position and could push to be Peko’s backup this year.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

–LB Zaire Anderson: ERFA; $630K/1 yr.

–LB Shaquil Barrett: RFA tendered at $2.914M with second-round pick as compensation); $2.914M/1 yr.

–ILB Todd Davis: Potential UFA; $15M/3 yrs, $6M fully guaranteed/$3M SB.

–LB Jerrol Garcia-Williams: ERFA; $555K/1 yr.

–DE Shelby Harris: ERFA; $705K/1 yr.

–LB Joe Jones: ERFA; $555K/1 yr.

–LS Casey Kreiter: ERFA; $630K/1 yr.

–C Matt Paradis: RFA tendered at $2.914M with second-round pick as compensation); $2.914M/1 yr.

–WR Jordan Taylor: ERFA; $630K/1 yr.

–G Billy Turner: UFA; $$2M/1 yr, $750K guaranteed/$500K SB.

–T Elijah Wilkinson: ERFA; $555K/1 yr.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED

–CB Tramaine Brock: UFA Vikings; $3M guaranteed/1 yr, $1M SB.

–S Su’a Cravens (trade Redskins).

–QB Case Keenum: UFA Vikings; $36M guaranteed/2 yrs, ($11M injury only at signing, $4M RB).

–P Marquette King: FA Raiders; $6M/3 yrs, $500K SB.

–DT Clinton McDonald: UFA Buccaneers; $7M/2 yrs, $4M guaranteed/$1M RB.

–CB C.J. Smith (waivers Browns).

–T Jared Veldheer (trade Cardinals).
PLAYERS LOST

–RB C.J. Anderson (released).

–P Riley Dixon (traded Giants).

–WR Bennie Fowler: Not tendered as RFA/Bears; $1M/1 yr, $200K SB.

–TE Virgil Green: UFA Chargers; $8.6M/3 yrs, $5.9M fully guaranteed/$2.4M SB.

–WR Cody Latimer: UFA Giants; $2.5M/1 yr, $2.47M guaranteed/$1.5M SB.

–LB Corey Nelson: UFA Eagles; $1.6M/1 yr, $600 SB.

–QB Brock Osweiler: UFA Dolphins; $880K/1 yr, $720K guaranteed/$90K SB.

–QB Trevor Siemian (traded Vikings).

–T Donald Stephenson: UFA Browns; $2.5M/1 yr, $1M SB.

–CB Aqib Talib (traded Rams).

 

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