Denver Broncos: Top 15 first-round draft picks of all time

Von Miller, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Trevor Pryce, Denver Broncos
Trevor Pryce, Denver Broncos. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

The Broncos really hit a home run with Trevor Pryce, who turned out to be one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever grace the gridiron for Denver. Although his effectiveness wavered down the stretch, Pryce was a bona fide star when at his best.

He did his damage in Denver for the first nine years of his NFL career before spending a few years with the Baltimore Ravens. Before injuries and age started to take a toll on him, he was one of the most feared pass rushers the league had seen. From 1998 to 2003, he racked up an astounding 58 sacks, including 8.5 for the 1998 championship team.

When all was said and done, Pryce had earned four Pro Bowl nods, three All-Pro selections and two Super Bowl rings. To cap it off, he was named to the Broncos’ 50th Anniversary team, a true testament to the lasting impression he made on the franchise’s history.

Pryce essentially modeled what we look for in today’s outstanding three-techniques. He was big and physical, but possessed enough athleticism to push the pocket from the inside. It’s a difficult skill set to come by, but Pryce used it perfectly to help the Broncos shine during the late 1990s.