The Denver Broncos got into the trading frenzy in round two by trading up to select a wide receiver. They stayed put in round three and got an offensive tackle. They addressed key needs with the two players selected.
Round 2 – Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
The Latimer selection has tremendous value. It is hard to believe he fell so far considering some analysts had him rated as a late first rounder. I thought the Broncos would go wide receiver in round two, but I had the wrong guy (Donte Moncrief). Latimer is the better selection. He will provide good depth this season and start opposite Demaryius Thomas in 2015. He is tougher and fights for the ball better than Eric Decker did during his time as a Bronco.
The prospect and the value grades out as an A, but because the Broncos gave up a lot to trade up and they needed offensive line help badly I have a lower grade.
Round 3 – Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan
Finally the Broncos addressed their offensive line! I like the pick mostly because I like that he can be called the Schofield Kid. Kidding aside, the selection provides versatility as he has played both right tackle and left guard, either position could be up in the air in 2014. Schofield has good upside and may be able to start at either position as a rookie. Likely he will provide depth and push for a starting spot in 2015.
The Broncos now have the option of keeping Orlando Franklin at right tackle or moving him to left guard. It also prepares them for the future when Franklin is a free agent. I hoped they would have addressed the need earlier with someone like Morgan Moses or Billy Turner, but Schofield really impressed at the Senior Bowl.
The Broncos need to target middle linebacker, guard/center, running back, and another cornerback on day three. Overall I would grade the draft at this point a B+.