7. The 2020 NFL Draft
The 2020 NFL Draft was a lot of fun for the Denver Broncos.
It started with a bang as the team drafted its first Alabama player in the John Elway era, former Biletnikoff Award winner Jerry Jeudy.
The Broncos then pulled something they have never done in franchise history, taking back-to-back receivers with their first two picks when they used a second-rounder on Penn State’s KJ Hamler.
In the third round, the Broncos found starters in Michael Ojemudia and Lloyd Cushenberry III as well as developmental defensive lineman McTelvin Agim.
They proved their faith in Drew Lock by drafting his former Missouri teammate Albert Okwuegbunam in round four.
That selection was followed up by Wake Forest linebacker Justin Strnad in round five, offensive guard Netane Muti in round six, wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland in round seven, and pass rusher Derrek Tuszka with their final pick.
This draft class has been loaded with a mix of instant contributions as well as tremendous upside for the future. If it weren’t for injury, all of Jeudy, Hamler, Ojemudia, Cushenberry, Okwuegbunam, and even Strnad have had or would have had major roles on this team in 2020.
Injuries have limited Okwuegbunam and Strnad, as well as undrafted nickel corner Essang Bassey, but the Broncos should be thrilled with what they have in this 2020 rookie class going forward.