The 2018 Denver Broncos Draft Class is performing as well as anyone could have predicted in this preseason.
There was a media frenzy when the Denver Broncos selected numerous players ready to make an impact right away in 2018.
We are quickly seeing it come to fruition.
This is a welcome sight because of the team’s struggles in recent years. The team searched for depth in the draft, but in the process selected players poised for major roles in 2018.
Much like the addition of Shane Ray a few seasons ago, the Broncos did not necessarily need to prioritize an edge rusher in the draft. As fate would have it, the team chose arguably the best player in the entire class in North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb.
In 2017, the Broncos’ wide receiver position was inconsistent at best after Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who also struggled with injuries. They spent a pair of draft picks at this position to upgrade depth and plan for the future with second-round pick Courtland Sutton and fourth-round pick DaeSean Hamilton.
The team also brought in an All-American linebacker in fourth-round pick Josey Jewell.
Looking at last season and the years prior, the franchise needed at least a few guys to contribute right away. In previous years those athletes were given a great deal of patience. This season’s rookie class has very different expectations.
In this article we will look at players from the 2018 NFL Draft who are making (or are expected to make significant contributions) and diagnose how well they are performing through the first three weeks of the preseason.