The 2017 NFL Draft has come to an end and while Denver didn’t make huge splashes, they did fill needs on both sides of the ball. Over the past couple weeks we talked about how Bronco fans were eager to see Denver make a push for the Stanford running back, Christian McCaffrey, whose stock increased in the days leading up to the draft. What that meant for Denver was more than they were willing to give up, which resulted in a backlash of insults towards John Elway and the organization.
Truth be told Denver probably made better choices in filling needs than reaching for a player who would have likely ended up with the Panthers despite any efforts the Broncos may have made to draft the young running back. Instead Denver made a solid choice for Utah’s Offensive Tackle Garrett Boles, an athletic lineman who will likely start the 2017 season. Boles, who recently became a father was Denver’s first round pick at 20, a position that fans thought would be traded up for in an effort to pick up McCaffrey. Although Boles isn’t nearly as flashy a pick as McCaffrey would have been, McCaffrey certainly wouldn’t have helped an already depleted offensive line that Denver has had trouble with the past two seasons.
The Broncos went on to select the following players in the remaining rounds: Round 2 (51st overall pick) Demarcus Walker, Defensive End (DE), Florida State; Round 3 (82nd overall pick) - Carlos Henderson, Wide Receiver (WR), Louisiana Tech; Round 3 (101st overall pick) - Brendan Langley, Cornerback (CB), Lamar; Round 5 (145th overall pick) - Jake Butt, Tight End (TE), Michigan; Round 5 (172nd overall pick) - Isaiah McKenzie, (WR), Georgia; Round 6 (203rd overall pick) - D’Angelo Henderson, Running Back (RB), Coastal Carolina; Round Round 7 (253rd overall pick/Mr. Irrelevant) - Chad Kelly, Quarterback (QB), Olde Miss.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies ended the month of April 16-10, well over the .500 mark. Fans hope this early surge continues and translates into more wins for the month of May. The Rockies are in San Diego this week to face the Padres in a three-game series before returning home to host the Arizona Diamondbacks later this week. The Rockies will be on the road mid May visiting Minnesota, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia for nearly two weeks.
This coming weekend, the big boxing match between “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., is scheduled on Saturday, May 6th at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas.