Saturday, September 25, 2021

Rating this week: Recap of John Elway’s 2018 Broncos draft, which is beginning to age

At first glance, people might not object to John Elway’s performance in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Anytime the general manager uses the first two draft picks to capture two future professional bowlers—outside linebacker Bradley Chubb (fifth overall) and wide receiver Cortland Sutton (second round)— —It can be said with certainty that they have completed their work.

However, closer, the situation for the Broncos executives will become less optimistic.

John Elway — C+

Earlier this week, when Elway’s successor George Paton finalized the team’s 53-man roster, the 2018 third-round draft pick Royce Freeman was fired. Now, this makes it obvious relief.

A highly touted run out of Oregon, Freeman should be the future of the Broncos backcourt. On the contrary, he lost midway through his rookie season to the undrafted free agent Philip Lindsay and never found it back.

As Broncos reporter Ryan O’Haroland pointed out, with Freeman’s unexpected exit, only three of the 10 picks Elway selected from that draft remain on the current roster.

Hit list: CB Isaac Yiadom (third round, now on the third team), WR DaeSean Hamilton (fourth, give up), TE Troy Fumagalli (fifth, New England IR), OG Sam Jones (sixth, Atlanta practice team) ), LB Keishawn Bierria (sixth place, CFL) and RB David Williams (seventh place, NFL).

Only Chubb, Sutton and starting center linebacker Josey Jewell (fourth round) are left.

After just three seasons, these three draft picks are still on the roster. It’s not exactly a formula for establishing championship depth.

Even one of Elway’s successes—Chubb leads all 2018 rookies with 20 1/2 sacks—has two very big caveats: 1) He has missed 14 games in three seasons, 2) Pro Bowl Bills quarterback Josh Allen later won two draft picks. The Broncos now start QB in the fifth week of the five seasons.

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Ed McCaffrey-B

If there has ever been an impressive 28-point loss, it was the game we witnessed in Boulder on Friday night.

The Northern Colorado Bears did not bring the “W” home in the 35-7 loss to the state eldest Colorado in Folsom Field, but they did leave with an “MV”.

When we saw a solid moral victory, our scoring this week did not go beyond acknowledging a solid moral victory.

The last time CU and UNC met at Folsom Field, the Bears were equally competitive. It wasn’t until the second half of the 2017 meeting that Buffs left. UNC scored a touchdown early in the third quarter, and then CU won 41-21.

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Sound familiar? Of course, except for some notable differences.

Those Buffs are facing a UNC plan that has entered the Earnest Collins era for several years. Before the boredom started, they initially led 28-7 at the end of the second quarter.

Rating this week: Recap of John Elway's 2018 Broncos draft, which is beginning to age
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