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

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John Mobley, Denver Broncos
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player. 45. . LB. Kutztown Golden Bears, 1996 (No. 15). John Mobley. 13

Another in a long line of outstanding Denver linebackers, John Mobley never seemed to disappoint — at least until the end. Still, despite his DUI that capped off his NFL career, he was a sensational talent during his eight seasons in the league.

That, however, is why he finds himself at only No. 13. The 1996 first-round pick was terrific when he was playing for the Broncos, but managed only six full seasons. His 1999 campaign ended shortly after it started because of injury, and then a bruised spinal column sent him into early retirement after a 2003 season that was cut in half.

Regardless, Mobley made an unmistakable impact for the Broncos. He played a key role in two Super Bowl victories. In fact, he made the historic deflection in Super Bowl XXXII that kept Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers from converting on a huge fourth down that sealed the victory for Denver — and his status as a franchise legend.

Mobley may not have been as productive as Williams, but his impact was just as great. He earned a First-Team All-Pro nod in 1997, was a Super Bowl hero and formed a dynamic linebacker duo with another star further down this list. Sounds like the résumé of one of the Broncos’ best first-round picks of all time.