2018 draft class developing into runaway success despite 3-6 record
This dysfunctional Broncos season has brought one significant positive to light in the bye week.
Denver’s 2018 draft class is developing toward a runaway success.
Of the Broncos’ 10 selections back in April, four now have starting experience — linebacker Bradley Chubb, wide receiver Courtland Sutton, running back Royce Freeman and linebacker Josey Jewell — while just one pick, seventh-round running back David Williams, is no longer on the roster. And, the jury is still out on fifth-round tight end Troy Fumagalli, sidelined on injured reserve since September with a groin injury.
The Broncos overall rookie success is no fluke based on a 3-6 record, either. Several first-year players, including undrafted running back Phillip Lindsay, have carved their niche as the foundation of Denver’s longterm plans.
“They are our guys right now. We’ve got seven or eight rookies in major, major roles,” coach Vance Joseph said. “If they play good, we win, so it’s not a balancing act. They are playing.