Denver Broncos roster overview after the 2018 NFL Draft
The Broncos have a lot of faith in former fourth round pick Devontae Booker, who was supposedly set to take the team’s top running back spot outright in camp last year before suffering a wrist injury.
Were it not for that injured wrist, Booker may have been the Broncos’ lead back all season long, but some are having a difficult time figuring out why exactly they have so much faith in him.
Booker led the team in rushing his rookie season, which was a result of everyone else being hurt or really bad. The Broncos haven’t quite seen the type of playmaking ability from Booker on a consistent basis that they saw from him at Utah. He will have some competition for the lead back role this year from rookie third round pick Royce Freeman, a fellow former Pac 12 star and a player the Broncos invested very highly in.
Freeman is the all-time leader in Oregon history with 60 rushing touchdowns, among a number of other records he set there.
When on the phone with Freeman during the draft, John Elway told him they want him to be their ‘bell cow’ back.
I could see Freeman eating a ton of carries this year.
The Broncos have another really talented back in 2017 sixth round pick De’Angelo Henderson Sr., who was impossible to ignore in the 2017 preseason.
Henderson has speed, vision, power, pass catching ability, and toughness. He’s not the biggest back, but he’s capable of carrying the load when called upon, and he’s got big time speed and playmaking ability.
Don’t forget about Andy Janovich, the Broncos’ battering ram at fullback who can be a lead blocker, receiver, and key special teamer.
The Broncos also drafted David Williams out of Arkansas in the 7th round of this year’s draft, and they added Colorado’s Phillip Lindsay as a priority undrafted free agent. It will be interesting to see some of these guys compete against each other in camp.