Of all the potential draft scenarios at the top of the first round last Thursday, the one that no-one predicted was that Bradley Chubb would still be available to the Denver Broncos with the fifth overall selection.
And yet after Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley, Sam Darnold and Denzel Ward were selected, that was the situation as the Broncos decided to not pursue a trade with the Buffalo Bills to move down in the first round, but rather selected the defensive end out of North Carolina State.
Denver won the Super Bowl with Peyton Manning at quarterback three years ago over the Carolina Panthers, but the fact of the matter is that it was the Broncos' defense that carried the team to the title despite the Denver offense.
Rebuilding said defensive side of the ball has been a priority for the Broncos and Chubb is expected to be an excellent pass rusher for the AFC West Division side.
The club did not ignore the offense, however, and their second and third round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft represented value picks of players that were projected to go sooner.
There were some who ranked Courtland Sutton of SMU the best wide receiver available and so to select him with the eighth pick in the second round was huge, while running back Royce Freeman from Oregon seems to have fallen to the third round primarily because he stayed in school.
Both could be excellent value selections for the Broncos, who may well grade out with one of the better drafts this season.
The Broncos are 501.00 to win the AFC West title, with the LA Chargers 8.00 and the Oakland Raiders 751.00.
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