Broncos Post-Draft Fantasy Implications

With the passing of the draft, join MHH Analyst Khalid Alshami to learn what fantasy impact Denver's draft picks will have.

Unlike Denver's free agent acquisitions, the team's draft picks offer very little value this season, which is no different from last year. The team drafted only one skill position player, who has already been lost for the season, with a non-contact ACL tear suffered during rookie camps.

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While the Broncos did not draft any players who will provide elite fantasy impact, they selected a few that will have some impact this season. It starts with first round draft pick Shane Ray.

When the Broncos moved up to select Ray, while shedding Manuel Ramirez's ridiculous salary, they selected the steal of the draft. Ray is arguably the best pass rusher of the 2015 class, easily a top-ten talent who fell because of an incredibly stupid decision. His decision notwithstanding, Ray has no history of drug use, so his possession charge should be a one-and-one offense.

On the grid-iron, Ray will be invaluable. He will be tutored by a consummate professional in DeMarcus Ware and will learn from a very similar rusher in Von Miller. I expect Ray will add around 10 sacks to the Broncos defense this season as a pass rusher.

On the offensive side of the ball, Ty Sambrailo and/or Michael Schofield (2014 Draft) should start right off the bat, at left guard or at right tackle. Wherever Sambrailo plays, his addition will be welcome by the running game, where C.J. Anderson is expected to be a top performer. Ideally Sambrailo and Schofield take over the vacant right tackle and left guard spots, respectively, to help bring stability to the Broncos offensive line.

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The other draft pick along the line is Max Garcia, a center who is a great fit for the zone blocking scheme. The Broncos traded for Gino Gradkowski, but I am personally skeptical of his ability to start and be a consistent performer at the center position.

Garcia will be given a chance to earn the starting spot, but he may not be ready for the jump immediately. If he does earn the starting job, he should be an upgrade over the 2014 starters at center who are no longer with the team.

Although he was not drafted this season, I expect Cody Latimer will have a decent year, mainly as a red zone target. Latimer's role in the offense will not be as large as many expect, with coach Kubiak favoring 22 and 21 personnel groupings. Latimer will likely be the team's No. 3 receiver, but that does not mean he will have a big season, especially in the fantasy realm.

Khalid Alshami is the Fantasy Analyst for You can find him on Twitter @Kalshami_MHH.

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