Denver Broncos history: Team has double-dipped with first two picks in draft before

The Denver Broncos needed wide receivers entering the 2020 NFL draft, but few expected the team to take one in the first two rounds.

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DENVER - DECEMBER 3: Darrel Jackson #82 of the Seattle Seahawks makes the catch against Darrent Williams #27 of the Denver Broncos on December 3, 2006, at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos, 23-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

The Broncos pulled off the unusual move of taking a wide receiver in each of the first two rounds when they selected Jerry Jeudy at No. 15 overall and then in the second round, grabbed Penn State's K.J. Hamler.

Despite the team having other needs, most fans seem to be generally happy with the weapons the team was able to get for Drew Lock.

It's quite likely the team had other plans in the draft but couldn't pass up on the players who were still on the board. It was entirely possible that Jeudy would have been off the board by the time the Broncos went on the clock. For them to have the choice between Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb was a bit unexpected.

The team clearly had a high grade on Hamler, who is the stretch guy that the offense has lacked for some time. Seeing him still available at No. 46 was clearly too much to pass up on in the collective mind of the organization.

With those two picks, the Broncos went from a team with a poor wide receiving corps to one that could be among the best in the league when you factor in Courtland Sutton.

The Broncos have attacked the same position with their first two picks in a draft before, but it has not happened since 2007. Those picks have produced varying results.

For more on this and how those players panned out, read on.

Two DBs in 1969

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PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 30: Tight end Randy Grossman #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tries to catch a pass against linebacker Randy Gradishar #53 and defensive back Billy Thompson #36 of the Denver Broncos during a playoff game at Three Rivers Stadium on December 30, 1978, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

In the 1969 AFL/NCL draft, the Broncos did not have a first-round pick.

In the second round, with the No. 36 overall selection, the team chose Grady Cavness, a cornerback out of UTEP. If that name does not ring a bell, don't feel bad.

Cavness played just that season with the Broncos before spending one year with the Atlanta Falcons. His professional career then took a turn as he went to the CFL, playing for both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the BC Lions.

He is little more than a footnote in the history of the team.

The team also chose a defensive back in round three of that draft and unlike Cavness, he turned out to be great. Bill Thompson is one of the best cornerbacks in team history.

As a rookie, Thompson was Second-Team All-AFL and his career would take off from there. His entire 13-year career was spent with the Broncos and in that time, he was selected to three Pro Bowls while also helping the team reach its first Super Bowl.

Thompson had a knack for the ball as a defender. He finished his career with 40 interceptions and an incredible 21 fumble recoveries. He set an NFL record by returning four of those fumble recoveries for touchdowns.

His career culminated with a spot on the team's Ring of Fame, becoming just the tenth name on there at the time.

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Back-to-back corners in 2005

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Taylor Jacobs #88 can't hang on to the ball as he is tackled by Denver Broncos cornerback Karl Paymah #41. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Denver Broncos by a score of 26 to 23 at Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver, CO, December 31, 2006. (Photo by Rich Gabrielson/NFLPhotoLibrary)

It would be 36 years before the Broncos began a draft with two players at the same position and in 2005, like 1969, it was two cornerbacks. It was also with their second and third-round picks as the team didn't have a first-rounder.

The Broncos had a good team in 2004, finishing 10-6 after beating the Indianapolis Colts in the season finale. But one week later, those same two teams met in the Wild Card round of the playoffs and the Colts boat raced the Broncos.

Peyton Manning threw for 457 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-24 win and that offseason, Mike Shanahan decided he needed more help in the secondary.

In the second round, the team would select Darrent Williams out of Oklahoma State.

Blossoming into one of the league's best young cornerbacks after just two seasons with the team, Williams' life was tragically cut short on New Year's Day in 2007. He had six interceptions in two seasons with the team and was a tremendous cover corner.

In the third round, the team brought in Karl Paymah out of Washington State. Paymah played for the team for four seasons and managed to hang on for a total of six seasons in the league, spending time with three other teams after leaving Denver following the conclusion of his first contract.

Paymah was a decent extra cornerback but was far from anything special. Much like the picks made in 1969, the Broncos found one star and one player that was average at best. It's a shame Williams' full potential was never realized.

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The team goes all out for a pass rush

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SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 13: Offensive lineman Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers battles defensive lineman Tim Crowder of the Denver Broncos on August 13, 2007, at Monster Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)

The Broncos only had four picks in the 2007 draft and three of them were used on defensive linemen. The first two picks in that draft were used on defensive ends.

Tim Crowder was chosen out of Texas with the No. 56 overall pick of the second round. He played just two seasons with the team before being waived in 2009.

Crowder had a promising rookie season, appearing in 13 games and registering four sacks. But the following season, he suited up for just six games and was a non-factor, causing the team to cut ties.

He spent the next three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he was actually a better pick than the guy the team took in the first round.

Jarvis Moss, taken with the No. 17 overall pick out of Florida, was an absolute bust. There is just no other way to put it.

Moss had one sack and nine tackles as a rookie and he just never seemed to acclimate to the pro game. He had 7.5 sacks in each his sophomore and junior seasons at Florida before deciding to head to the next level, but his game just never translated to the next level.

Moss had difficulty picking up the team's defensive schemes, prompting the Broncos to move him from defensive end to outside linebacker later in his career. That didn't work out either.

In total, Moss played in a total of 34 games with the team and had 3.5 sacks. That doesn't equal a first-round pick. The Oakland Raiders gave him a chance after he had four seasons with the Broncos and he was never any better with them.

The Broncos will hope that, unlike in any of these three scenarios, they hit a home run with each of the players they picked in this year's draft.