Over the course of May, both Joe Marino and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Denver Broncos.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|51||EDGE||Demarcus Walker||Florida State|
|82||WR||Carlos Henderson||Louisiana Tech|
|203||RB||De’Angelo Henderson||Central Colorado|
Best Value: WR Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech
Henderson is a dynamic receiver with great run after catch ability who should prove to be a valuable long term addition to the receiving corp. As Denver’s current crop of receivers ages and they determine who to retain in the long term, Henderson has the physical ability to fill a number of roles in the offense.
His short term impact on the team could be mitigated due to the depth chart but Henderson has landed in a great place to learn, work on his craft and become a well versed player on the boundary. Henderson runs mean in the open field and his attitude should be a welcomed addition in Denver.
Worst Value: EDGE Demarcus Walker, Florida State
Walker is a heavy handed defensive lineman but I’m not sold on his ability to translate as a pass rusher with consistency. Walker was one of the most productive pass rushers in college football last year but his skills are predicated more around power and not around twitch or tilt.
Walker will have a hard time finding similar success against more powerful NFL tackles and he doesn’t have the initial step to really strain tackles in their pass sets around the outside. As a result, Walker will need to get moved around to optimize his skills.
This is a pick that missed the mark in value against my draft board.
Could Surprise: WR Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
McKenzie is lightning in a bottle, he’s a fun player to see make people miss. McKenzie figures to have a prominent role on special teams and having him with the ball in his hands could prove fruitful for the Broncos.
Landing a potential ace returning in the later rounds is appropriate value and the Broncos will not be pressed to find him extra touches on offense.