Seventh round: Trevor Siemian, 2015
It’s not often that a seventh-round pick becomes a team’s starting quarterback, but Trevor Siemian became the man to succeed Manning following the 2015 season.
Siemian was a quarterback that former head coach Gary Kubiak really liked, but he was never supposed to be anything more than a backup to Lynch. However, when the team opened up the competition, Siemian easily outperformed Lynch two years in a row.
Though Siemian wasn’t flashy and was never going to make the kind of plays a guy like Lamar Jackson or Russell Wilson makes, he was steady for the most part and way better than a seventh-round quarterback should have been.
In 24 starts for the Broncos, Siemain threw for 5,686 yards with 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Those are not the best numbers, but the team was not losing games because of him, though he took the blame.
In addition, he was better than all of the quarterbacks that followed him, including Case Keenum, Joe Flacco and to this point, Drew Lock. So, he has been the best quarterback the team has had since Manning. Yes, I said that. Though Lock should end up supplanting him there.
Siemian ends up getting the spot as the best seventh-round pick just ahead of Virgil Green. The team also had two other seventh-round quarterbacks in that time frame (Zac Dysert, Chad Kelly).
Most all seventh-round picks are considered dart throws and most of them miss the mark, but Siemian stuck for a bit and gave the team some good performances.