Reviewing the draft: Denver Broncos
Jay Cutler

Posted May 30, 2006


The Broncos were the only team with a pair of first round picks in April. But that changed weeks before the draft began when one selection was dealt to the Atlanta Falcons. That was the beginning of several deals the team made throughout the draft’s first day.

With the need for a developmental quarterback Denver moved up and selected Jay Cutler when the opportunity arose. It is a perfect marriage for team and player. Cutler can learn behind Jake Plummer and Denver is in no need to rush him onto the field. After losing Jeb Putzier in free agency a replacement was needed and Denver selected Tony Scheffler in round two. A solid prospect, Scheffler was worth the 61st pick in the draft and will nicely fit into the Broncos system. Brandon Marshall had been making a late charge up draft boards after terrific combine performances. A solid wide out, he must learn to play to his 4.55 speed and could be a productive third receiver. The popular thought was Denver would look for a pass rusher in the early rounds. When that did not happen they selected Elvis Dumervil in round four. We think Dumervil in four was a reach though he could flourish in the Broncos defensive scheme. Domenik Hixon was a big reach in the same frame as was Chris Kuper a round later. In the end Greg Eslinger could be one of the steals of the draft. Rumors were rampant Eslinger was injured in the post season, one reason he did not take part in the Senior Bowl. Even with that, he is a perfect fit for Denver’s blocking scheme and this pick is reminiscent of the Tom Nalen selection more then a decade ago.

Denver gave away the 68th pick of the draft in order to slide up four slots and take Cutler. Considering the way the team stocked up on extra selections just prior to the draft and the potential upside Cutler offers, it was worth the investment. Later, the Bronco’s traded the 37th pick of the draft straight-up for receiver Javon Walker; again, a move that could offer big returns.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

11

Jay Cutler

QB

Vanderbilt

2

61

Tony Scheffler

TE

Western Michigan

4

119

Brandon Marshall

WR

Central Florida

4

126

Elvis Dumervil

DE

Louisville

4

130

Domenik Hixon

WR

Akron

5

161

Chris Kuper

G

North Dakota

6

198

Greg Eslinger

C

Minnesota



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