Elway had an amazing couple years as GM, but has been rather blah since. He really struck gold with his 2012 and 2013 draft that provided a core for the defense: VM, Wolfe, Malik, Danny T., Marshall Then struck gold a gain in FA with Talib, Ward, and Ware.
Most of the offense, less Manning was inherited and he really has not hit on much on the OL, RB, or TE...Sanders and Manning are the only real hits. Paradis and TS are really the only offensive players drafted in the past 3 years to pan out and those were just late pick flyers we got lucky on.
Many fans seem to think we just need to trust Elway, but Latimer, Hillman, Ball, Sambrailo, Schofield, Brock, and Heuermann are all 2nd and 3rd round picks that have contributed almost nothing as starters and 2nd and 3rd round picks need to be starters.
This is why Elway has built through FA...he really has not drafted particularly well.
Ravens GM 2016 - Ravens are looking to trade down 4-8 spots