Tyrie Cleveland, Wide receiver
The Broncos had two picks in the final round of the draft and used the first on a wide receiver out of Florida named Tyrie Cleveland. Because the team chose wide receivers in each of the first two rounds of the draft, Cleveland was considered a long shot to make the team.
But he impressed right out of the gate in training camp and went from a guy on the bubble to a guy who was definitely going to make the squad.
He played in 10 games this past season and though he only caught six passes, he showed that he could be a contributor on kickoff returns as he averaged 23.4 yards per return on the season.
Cleveland may never be a top-three wide receiver on the team but he could carve out a long-term role in Denver based on his versatility and ability to come through when called upon.
Derrek Tuszka, Linebacker
Derrek Tuszka was the team’s second choice in the seventh round, taken as one of the last players off the board.
The Broncos ended up having a crowded linebacker corps and Tuszka was used sparingly as a rookie, though he did suit up for nine games. He will need to show something to stick around beyond just one season with the Broncos.