2nd Round, 63rd Overall: OG Joshua Garnett, Stanford
Explanation: Like Reed, Garnett provides the Broncos with a nice value selection at #63. Although the Broncos brought in Donald Stephenson and Russell Okung to be guys on the outside, there are still some
question marks as to who will fill the interior positions next to Matt Paradis. Max Garcia and Ty Sambrailo are expected to be those two players heading into camp, but adding another young prospect to the mix isn’t a bad idea.
Like many Stanford prospects, Garnett is a well coached and tough player who does a solid job with all the aspects of his position, but may not be great at any one particular area. With his experience coming from Stanford’s Pro-Style attack, Garnett should have an easier transition to the pros and provide the Broncos with an immediate solution at the Guard position, whether it’s as the top reserve or a starter.
It’s also important to keep in mind that both Stephenson and Okung have a history of nagging injuries, so there is potential that they could both miss time in the 2016 season. If that happens, I would expect Sambrailo and/or Michael Schofield(yikes!) to move back out to Tackle for that period of time. Regardless of what transpires over the 2016 season, you need an upgrade at the depth in the Guard position and at the very worst, Garnett can be your #3 Guard with the potential to come in and win one of the starting Guard positions immediately.