Remaining day three picks
Fifth round (1st pick): Dontavius Russell, DL, Auburn
The Broncos need some depth on the defensive interior, and Russell was a four-year starter at Auburn who plays like his life depends on it.
Russell could come off the sideline and provide the Broncos with some energy on the defensive line as well as a strong run defender.
Fifth round (2nd pick): Olabisi Johnson, WR, Colorado State
The Broncos need another burner on the outside, and while there are some players in this year’s draft class running sub-4.4-second 40-yard dashes, I think Olabisi Johnson’s 4.51 is strong and he’s going to prove himself a worthy vertical threat in the NFL.
When I was watching Preston Williams, Johnson kept flashing. His outstanding speed, burst, quickness, and leaping ability could make him the ideal mid-round value for the Broncos.
Sixth round: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Bryce Love was absolutely special in 2017. Injuries caused a significant dropoff in 2018, but this is an explosive player from a conference the Broncos have historically favored under John Elway.
Love is recovering from a knee injury, and expects to be ready for the start of the season, but the Broncos could draft-and-stash him if they wanted to or pull him off of IR later on in case of emergency. He has home run speed.
Seventh round: Mathieu Betts, EDGE, Laval
The Broncos still need another backup edge player, and Mathieu Betts is an intriguing one. He had a variety of DI offers coming out of high school in Canada but decided to play college ball close to home.
In the seventh round, you take a look at an upside guy like this and draft someone you maybe feel you don’t have a great chance to land as a priority free agent. Betts would have a ton of suitors if he wasn’t drafted.