Re-drafting the Denver Broncos last 10 first-round picks
Denver Broncos 2014 NFL re-draft pick: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Original pick (31st overall): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Was there anything wrong with the Bradley Roby pick at the time it was made?
No, not really.
Roby was drafted in round one despite the Denver Broncos already having signed Aqib Talib in free agency, but as we’ve seen in more recent years, having too many good cornerbacks is borderline impossible.
The Broncos entered the 2014 season with some question marks at wide receiver, though, which made Davante Adams a very appealing option at the time.
That’s not just revisionist history, either.
It’s too bad the Broncos, or any team in round one for that matter, didn’t like Davante Adams as an option.
The Green Bay Packers cashed in on Adams’ inexplicable fall in the 2014 NFL Draft by taking him 53rd overall and the rest, as they say, is history.
What makes this frustrating in hindsight is that the Broncos were interested in receivers in this particular draft and they were in the market for one early.
Eric Decker had left in free agency. At the time, Emmanuel Sanders was an intriguing free agent pickup but still a bit of a wild card. Wes Welker was on the final year of his contract.
Just three picks after Davante Adams was selected, the Denver Broncos traded up to select Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer, an athletic playmaker who would presumably fill Eric Decker’s shoes.
That never happened.
Latimer flamed out and Davante Adams became an absolute superstar. Many would now consider him arguably the best receiver in the entire NFL.