The regular season is over, and unfortunately the postseason is over so it’s time to brush off your general manager hats and get ready for the 2015 NFL Draft. It doesn’t seem like it’s already been a year since we were preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft when the Broncos had the 31st overall pick, but here we are.
This year, the Broncos will have the 28th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft after losing in the divisional round to the Colts. As the highest seeded team to lose this weekend, the Broncos have the worst pick among the other three teams that were knocked out. The final four picks will be decided in the next few weeks between the Colts, Patriots, Seahawks, and Packers.
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Last year, the Broncos used their first round pick — 31st overall — on star cornerback Bradley Roby out of Ohio State. Roby was a junior coming out and pretty much no one thought he would be available with that selection. Since John Elway has come aboard with the Broncos, his top picks have been Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, Sylvester Williams, and Roby.
The Broncos’ picks in other rounds are not yet finalized because compensatory picks have yet to be awarded to teams, and the Broncos figure to be in on that with at least a couple of selections. They traded a fourth round pick in this year’s draft to move up and get Cody Latimer, but they fully expect to recover that pick and then some in the form of compensatory selection.
As it currently stands, the Broncos have selections in the following rounds:
1st round (own)
2nd round (own)
3rd round (own)
5th round (from Chicago)
5th round (own)
6th round (own)
The Broncos traded their fourth round draft pick to move up and select Cody Latimer this past year, and they traded their seventh round pick for Brandon McManus.
They acquired the fifth round selection from Chicago when the Bears traded up into the fourth round with Denver to take safety Brock Vereen out of Minnesota.
The Broncos will also not pick 28th in every round due to having the same regular season record as other teams, such as the Cowboys. The official order in other rounds is to be determined.