7. Rees Odhiambo, OL, Boise State
A couple of years ago, the Broncos took Matt Paradis from Boise State in the sixth round, put him on the practice squad for a year, and he emerged as one of the top young centers in the NFL this past season.
They’d do well to get Odhiambo here in the 6th round as well, a very underrated player whom scouts laud for his footwork and ability to fit in any scheme at the next level.
Odhiambo is the type of player that could play inside at guard or at tackle in the NFL, and that would be great for the Broncos, who need depth at both spots.
Some of you might be wondering why I waited until this point to take an offensive lineman, and I think the Broncos are much more solidified up front than a lot of people think.
This could and will probably change between now and the draft, but consider that right now, Ryan Clady is still on the roster. The Broncos also signed Donald Stephenson and Russell Okung to shore up the tackle spots in free agency. Ty Sambrailo, who also can play tackle, is going to be penciled in as the replacement for Evan Mathis at the left guard position.
Max Garcia, a fourth round pick in 2015, will start at the right guard spot and the team has believed he could start since last offseason. He played a lot of snaps in his rookie season.
Behind the starting five in Denver, there are a number of developmental prospects the Broncos have poured a lot into. Last season, they started collecting guys on the active roster and practice squad, like James Ferentz (G/C), Robert Myers (G), Sam Brenner (C), Dillon Day (C), Cameron Jefferson (T), Kyle Roberts (T), and Darrion Weems (T).
Oh, and don’t forget about Michael Schofield, who could be in for a swing tackle role or a move to guard, potentially.
The Broncos’ offensive line will have plenty of competition, and they have made significant improvements on the starting line via free agency and getting healthy.
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