Ranking the 5 best quarterbacks ever drafted by the Broncos
The No.1 choice on this list is sure to be a controversial one as few Broncos fans will look back on the time when Brian Griese was the team’s starting quarterback very fondly.
Griese was the MVP of the Rose Bowl in 1998 and was chosen by the Broncos in the third round of that year’s draft. With Elway approaching retirement, the pick made all the sense in the world.
Elway would walk away from the game following a Super Bowl victory that year, leaving Griese with some huge shoes to fill. He did his best as the team’s starting quarterback for the next four seasons.
During those years (1999-2002), the Broncos’ win-loss record was 34-30, so just a shade above .500. But Griese did have a good season in 2000, his second as the team’s starter, being selected to the Pro Bowl that year while leading the Broncos to a Wild Card berth.
Looking at the team’s all-time list, Griese’s numbers aren’t bad either. His 11,763 yards passing rank fourth all-time and is more than 2,000 more yards than Cutler had. The 71 touchdown passes he threw are also tied for fourth.
Griese will never be considered for a spot in the team’s Ring of Fame but he takes the top spot here which truthfully, shows how bad the Broncos have been at selecting quarterbacks on their own.