Denver Broncos: Grades for entire 2020 rookie class

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Denver Broncos, Tyrie Cleveland
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 05: Tyrie Cleveland #89 of the Florida Gators looks on during the second quarter of a game against the Auburn Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 05, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Seventh-round picks

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.

Grade: C

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.

Grade: C-