The Denver Broncos made eight selections in the NFL Draft, including Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round. In today's NFL, signing draft picks has become matter of course, following the 2011 lockout and subsequent collective bargaining agreement.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Broncos appear to be working back-to-front in terms of signing their Draft picks.
Drafted in the sixth round, Andy Janovich is a versatile fullback out of Nebraska whom the Broncos expect big things from. He wasn't drafted just to lead-block for C.J. Anderson. Janovich can catch the ball, and run with it, which will make it interesting to see how Gary Kubiak deploys him.
Will Parks is a physical safety out of Arizona, whom the team also took in the sixth round. He's a box safety, capable of serving as an enforcer and making plays behind the line of scrimmage. He'll fit in nicely as an option to groom behind incumbent starting strong safety T.J. Ward.
Riley Dixon was Denver's seventh round pick—a punter out of Syracuse. Considered to be one of only two 'draftable' punters in this year's draft class, he'll bring immediate competition to Britton Colquitt and if Dixon passes muster, the Broncos can save $3.25 million. Colquitt is one of the highest-paid punters in the league, but his performance doesn't back it up—notwithstanding his effectiveness in the playoffs last year.
The Broncos will get the remaining five Draft picks locked up soon.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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