In an offseason replete with personnel losses via free agency, the Broncos were able to restock the roster with a combination of immediate impact players and high-ceiling developmental projects.
Chase Goodbeard of NFL.com recognized the quality of Denver's draft haul, listing four of the selections on his Top 100 rookies of 2016. And in no surprise, first-round quarterback Paxton Lynch was the highest ranked rookie.
No. 29: Paxton Lynch, Quarterback
Yes, he's in need of development, but he didn't land with a team that's in a great position to let him sit for too long.
Lynch is a player to get excited about, but he's as raw as he is talented. By virtue of their defense and offensive skill-position players, the Broncos are in no rush to push him into starting action.
No. 43: Devontae Booker, Running Back
Though he was a fourth-round pick, Booker was arguably the second-best running back in the draft and could rise to starter status in Denver.
A knee injury and age (24) caused Booker to drop down draft boards, all the way into the fourth round. Had he been 100 percent healthy, he likely would have gone early on day two.
Booker is a man with a mission, having already stated that he's in Denver to take someone's job, not carry pads in training camp. He's a complete running back, and possesses the vision and burst to excel in Gary Kubiak's zone running system.
No. 68: Justin Simmons, Safety
The versatile Simmons can help on defense and special teams.
Simmons is smart. Combined with his physicality and ballhawking mentality, Simmons' skill-set makes for a formidable defensive back. Denver likes him as the player to replace the departed David Bruton, Jr. as the team's No. 3 safety.
It'll be interesting to see how Simmons performs in preseason action. His size (6-foot-2, 202 pounds) will hopefully allow him to match up vs. the big pass-catching tight ends of the NFL ranks.
No. 96: Adam Gotsis, Defensive End
He won't be the interior pass rusher Malik Jackson was, but he's the only player Denver drafted to compete at Jackson's position, and he should at least see early down action.
The Broncos feel like they drafted a very special player in Gotsis. Defensive line coach Bill Kollar pounded the table for Gotsis and the front office took heed on draft day.
Although Gotsis is coming off a knee injury, the Broncos are hopeful he'll be able to step in to the DE rotation early and make an impact. Losing Malik Jackson left a hole on the D-line, but Denver believes the Australian can eventually fill it. He is expected to be cleared to play in the early stages of training camp.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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