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

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Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
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The Broncos haven’t found themselves many star wide receivers in the first-round over their 50+ years as a franchise. So even though he finds himself here, Demaryius Thomas is far and away the best pair of hands to ever hear his name called by Denver on day one.

Now I know his production and effectiveness have wavered in recent years, but that can be attributed to more than just Thomas. Going from Peyton Manning to Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch as his quarterback would be a difficult transition for any NFL receiver. Despite the less-than-ideal circumstances, Thomas continues to impress.

Since taking over as the full-time starter in 2012, Thomas has been one of the best receivers in the NFL. From 2012 to 2015, he hauled in a remarkable 402 passes for 5,787 yards and 41 touchdowns. His explosive combination of size and speed has baffled cornerbacks for years, and that should continue to be the case moving forward.

The Super Bowl ring certainly helped land him a spot on this list as well.

Especially with Case Keenum now throwing his way, expect a resurgence from Thomas in 2018. If he can reclaim that spark we saw during his otherworldly 2014 season, we may even watch him add to the five Pro Bowl selections already under his belt.