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The Denver Broncos are a professional American football team based in Denver, Colorado. They are members of the American Football Conference West Division in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise was formed on August 14, 1959 to compete in the American Football League (AFL). The first AFL Draft was held three months later.[2] The last AFL draft the Broncos participated in was the 1966 draft, due to them joining the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger on June 8, 1966.[3]

The Broncos first participated in the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting, more commonly known as the NFL Draft,[4] in 1967. In the NFL Draft, each NFL franchise annually seeks to add new players to its roster. Teams are ranked in reverse order based on the previous season's record; the worst record picks first, the second-worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.[5]

The Broncos selected Roger LeClerc, a placekicker from Trinity College, in the 1960 AFL Draft.[6] In their first NFL Draft, the Broncos selected Floyd Little, a running back from Syracuse University. The Broncos have selected players from the University of Nebraska, University of Florida, and University of Tennessee three times each, the most from any university in the first-round. The team's most recent selections were Tim Tebow, a quarterback from Florida University and Demaryius Thomas, wide receiver from Georgia Tech. Three selections, Floyd Little, Merlin Olsen and Bob Brown, were enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982 and 2004, respectively.[7] In 1991, Mike Croel became the first Bronco to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, receiving 68 out of 82 votes.[8]

The Broncos' latest first-round pick is University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, who they picked 26th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

KeyEdit

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Table key
^ Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Broncos did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular AFL, Common, or NFL Draft.
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

Player selections Edit

Denver Broncos first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1960 LeClerc, RogerRoger LeClerc C Trinity College
1961 Gaiters, BobBob Gaiters HB New Mexico State
1962 Olsen, MerlinMerlin Olsen ^ DT Utah State
1963 Alexander, KermitKermit Alexander DB UCLA
1964 Brown, BobBob Brown ^ OT Nebraska
1965 No pick [a]
1966 Shay, JerryJerry Shay OT Purdue
1967 &00000000000000060000006 Little, FloydFloyd Little ^ RB Syracuse
1968 No pick [b]
1969 No pick [b]
1970 &000000000000001100000011 Anderson, BobbyBobby Anderson RB Colorado
1971 &000000000000001200000012 Montgomery, MarvMarv Montgomery OT USC [c]
1972 &00000000000000050000005 Odoms, RileyRiley Odoms TE Houston
1973 &00000000000000090000009 Armstrong, OtisOtis Armstrong RB Purdue
1974 &000000000000001400000014 Gradishar, RandyRandy Gradishar LB Ohio State
1975 &000000000000001700000017 Wright, LouisLouis Wright DB San Jose State
1976 &000000000000001500000015 Glassic, TomTom Glassic G Virginia
1977 &000000000000001800000018 Schindler, SteveSteve Schindler G Boston College
1978 &000000000000002700000027 Latimer, DonDon Latimer NT Miami (FL)
1979 &000000000000002200000022 Clark, KelvinKelvin Clark OT Nebraska
1980 No pick [d]
1981 &000000000000001500000015 Smith, DennisDennis Smith DB USC
1982 &000000000000002100000021 Willhite, GeraldGerald Willhite RB San Jose State [e]
1983 &00000000000000040000004 Hinton, ChrisChris Hinton G Northwestern
1984 No pick [f]
1985 &000000000000002600000026 Sewell, SteveSteve Sewell RB Oklahoma
1986 No pick [g]
1987 &000000000000002700000027 Nattiel, RickyRicky Nattiel WR Florida
1988 &000000000000002600000026 Gregory, TedTed Gregory DT Syracuse
1989 &000000000000002000000020 Atwater, SteveSteve Atwater DB Arkansas [h]
1990 No pick [i]
1991 &00000000000000040000004 Croel, MikeMike Croel LB Nebraska
1992 &000000000000002500000025 Maddox, TommyTommy Maddox QB UCLA
1993 &000000000000001100000011 Williams, DanDan Williams DE Toledo [j]
1994 No pick [k]
1995 No pick [l]
1996 &000000000000001500000015 Mobley, JohnJohn Mobley LB Kutztown
1997 &000000000000002800000028 Pryce, TrevorTrevor Pryce DT Clemson
1998 &000000000000003000000030 Nash, MarcusMarcus Nash WR Tennessee
1999 &000000000000003100000031 Wilson, AlAl Wilson LB Tennessee
2000 &000000000000001500000015 O'Neal, DelthaDeltha O'Neal CB California [m]
2001 &000000000000002400000024 Middlebrooks, WillieWillie Middlebrooks CB Minnesota
2002 &000000000000001900000019 Lelie, AshleyAshley Lelie WR Hawaii
2003 &000000000000002000000020 Foster, GeorgeGeorge Foster OT Georgia
2004 &000000000000001700000017 Williams, D. J.D. J. Williams LB Miami (FL) [n]
2005 No pick [o]
2006 &000000000000001100000011 Cutler, JayJay Cutler QB Vanderbilt [p]
2007 &000000000000001700000017 Moss, JarvisJarvis Moss DE Florida [q]
2008 &000000000000001200000012 Clady, RyanRyan Clady OT Boise State
2009 &000000000000001200000012 Moreno, KnowshonKnowshon Moreno RB Georgia
2009 &000000000000001800000018 Ayers, RobertRobert Ayers DE Tennessee [r]
2010 &000000000000002200000022 Thomas, DemaryiusDemaryius Thomas WR Georgia Tech [s]
2010 &000000000000002500000025 Tebow, TimTim Tebow QB Florida [t]
2011 &00000000000000020000002 Miller, VonVon Miller LB Texas A & M
2012 No pick
2013 &000000000000002800000028 Williams, SylvesterSylvester Williams DT North Carolina
2014 &000000000000003100000031 Roby, BradleyBradley Roby CB Ohio State
2015 &000000000000002300000023 Ray, ShaneShane Ray LB Missouri
2016 &000000000000002600000026 Lynch, PaxtonPaxton Lynch QB Memphis
2017 &000000000000002000000020 Bolles, GarettGarett Bolles OT Utah
2018 &00000000000000050000005 Chubb, BradleyBradley Chubb DE NC State
2019 20 Noah Fant TE Iowa

FootnotesEdit

  • a The Broncos traded their 1965 first-round pick along with defensive tackle Bud McFadin to the Houston Oilers for quarterback Jacky Lee.[10]
  • b 1 2 On August 15, 1967, the Broncos traded their No. 4 overall pick in the 1968 Draft and No. 9 overall pick in the 1969 Draft to the San Diego Chargers for quarterback Steve Tensi.[11]
  • c On January 28, 1971, the Broncos traded their No. 9 overall pick in the 1971 Draft and defensive end Alden Roche to the Green Bay Packers for the No. 12 overall pick in the 1971 Draft and quarterback Don Horn.[12]
  • d On February 1, 1980, the Broncos traded their No. 20 overall pick and a second-round pick in the 1980 Draft along with quarterback Craig Penrose to the New York Jets for quarterback Matt Robinson.[13]
  • e The Broncos traded their No. 19 overall pick in the 1982 Draft to the Buffalo Bills for the No. 21 overall pick and a fourth-round pick in the 1982 Draft.[14]
  • f On May 2, 1983, the Broncos traded their No. 19 overall pick in the 1984 Draft along with quarterback Mark Herrmann and guard Chris Hinton to the Baltimore Colts for quarterback John Elway.[15]
  • g On October 9, 1984, the Broncos traded their No. 21 overall pick and third-round pick in 1986 Draft and fifth-round pick in 1987 Draft to the Cincinnati Bengals for the draft rights of Ricky Hunley.[16]
  • h On April 23, 1989, the Broncos traded their No. 13 overall pick in the 1989 Draft to the Cleveland Browns for the No. 20 overall, second, fifth, and ninth-round picks in the 1989 Draft.[17]
  • i On July 7, 1989, the Broncos selected Bobby Humphrey in the 1989 Supplemental Draft;[18] as a result, they forfeited their rights to a first-round pick in 1990 Draft.[19]
  • j The Broncos traded their No. 14 overall pick and a third-round pick in the 1993 Draft to the Cleveland Browns for the No. 11 overall pick.[20]
  • k On August 23, 1993, the Broncos traded their No. 18 overall pick and sixth-round pick in the 1994 draft and a second-round pick in the 1995 draft to the Minnesota Vikings for offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman.[21]
  • l On April 24, 1994, the Broncos traded a third-round selection in the 1994 Draft and a first-round pick in the 1995 Draft to the Atlanta Falcons for wide receiver Mike Pritchard and a seventh round pick in the 1995 Draft.[22]
  • m On April 12, 2000, the Broncos traded their No. 10 overall pick in the 2000 Draft to the Baltimore Ravens for the No. 15 overall pick and a second-round pick in the 2000 Draft.[23]
  • n On April 9, 2004, the Broncos traded No. 24 overall pick in the 2004 Draft along with cornerback Deltha O'Neal and a fourth-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for the No. 17 overall pick.[24]
  • o On April 19, 2005, the Broncos traded their No. 25 overall pick in the 2005 Draft to the Washington Redskins for a third-round pick in the 2005 Draft, No. 22 overall and fourth-round picks in the 2006 Draft.[25]
  • p On March 21, 2006, the Broncos traded their No. 29 overall pick along with a third-round pick in the 2006 Draft and fourth-round pick in the 2007 Draft to the Atlanta Falcons for the No. 15 overall pick.[26]
    On April 19, 2006, the Broncos traded their No. 22 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers for second and third-round picks.[27]
    On April 29, 2006, the Broncos traded their No. 15 overall pick to the St. Louis Rams for the No. 11 overall pick and a third-round pick in the 2006 Draft.[28]
  • q On April 28, 2007, the Broncos traded their No. 21 overall pick along with a third and sixth-round picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the No. 17 overall pick.[29]
  • r On April 2, 2009, the Broncos traded quarterback Jay Cutler and a fifth-round pick in the 2009 Draft to the Chicago Bears for the No. 18 overall pick in the 2009 Draft along with a third-round pick in the 2009 Draft and a first-round pick in the 2010 Draft.[30]
  • s On April 22, 2010, the Patriots traded this selection to the Broncos for a first-round selection (24th overall; traded to Dallas, who selected Dez Bryant) and a fourth-round selection it acquired from San Francisco (113th overall; New England selected Aaron Hernandez).[31]
  • t On April 22, 2010, the Ravens traded this selection to the Broncos for a second-round selection it acquired from Miami (43rd overall; Baltimore selected Sergio Kindle), a third-round selection it acquired from Philadelphia (70th overall; Baltimore selected Ed Dickson), and a fourth-round selection (114th overall; Baltimore selected Dennis Pitta).[32]

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