Denver Broncos: 5 forgotten quarterbacks in team’s history
Though this wasn’t quite on the level of the Green Bay Packers drafting Jordan Love in the first round when they had Aaron Rodgers, Elway was not happy that Reeves wanted to use a first-round pick to get UCLA’s Tommy Maddox.
Maddox was seen as Elway’s eventual successor but that never happened. Maddox was dreadful in the games he did play for the Broncos, starting several games in the 1992 season while Elway nursed injuries.
Maddox just never looked ready for the NFL and following the 1993 season, just his second in Denver, the Broncos traded him to the Los Angeles Rams for a fourth-round pick in 1995.
Maddox would last just one season with the Rams before heading to the New York Giants in 1995, where Reeves had become the head coach. Reeves believed in his ability, but it never really translated to the NFL until much later.
Maddox was able to completely resurrect his career in the one season he played in the XFL before that led him back to the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, his time in Denver was completely forgettable and he is another of the team’s first-round quarterbacks that simply did not pan out.