Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs 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: TE Jake Butt, Michigan
With an ideal frame and balanced skills as both a blocker and receiver, Butt has the making of a productive starting tight end in the NFL. Playing with significant nuance as a pass-catcher, Butt offers good route-running skills, soft hands, ball skills, and the ability to utilize his frame to win as a receiver.
Although he doesn’t have eye-popping speed and movement skills, Butt plays with good timing and competes well.
A positional blocker, Butt demonstrates the skills needed to effectively make blocks by working his body position and hand fits.
The two ACL tears in a span of less than three years hurt his value, but he has the upside of a solid starting tight end if he is healthy.
Worst Value: EDGE Demarcus Walker, Florida State
Demarcus Walker has dominated as an interior rusher, whether lining up as a 5-tech and shooting inside, or lining up over the guard and rushing the A- and B-gaps.
While it would be difficult to envision him holding up on the interior on run downs, Walker can function as a 5-technique on run downs and set the edge with length and a powerful base.
Walker’s most appealing traits are his power and motor but he offers little in the of bend and flexibility. He is more of a rotational piece that a projected starter and was too rich for my like at pick 51.
Could Surprise: WR Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech
Henderson is an explosive, dynamic football player with immense upside. A highly productive college player, Henderson has exciting play making potential.
His burst and acceleration are outstanding, which makes him a lethal weapon with the ball in his hands. He makes tacklers miss at a rare clip.
Able to get behind secondaries, not every defense will be able to match up with his ability to stretch the field vertically.
Henderson runs good routes and has good ball skills and hands. Henderson projects as a top end number two receiver and should make a major impact as a return specialist. Henderson was my 4th ranked wide receiver and 39th overall player on my board.