Okung played his cards right.....signing with The Chargers for four years. Whether or not he will last that long is the real question.
They may hang on to Stephenson until after free agency and the draft. I'm not at all comfortable with a scenario in which Donald Stephenson goes to TC and comes out the other side with a roster spot at $5 million.
But, I don't know him and I haven't broken down every one of his snaps as I'm sure Coach Davidson has. Sure, he has exhibited flawed technique that high school O-Linemen have corrected. Technique can be fixed, but I just don't know about him.
Michael Schofield played OK at RG last year. Maybe they want to put him back at RT. We'll see. I haven't given up on him ... yet.
Ty Sambrailo tore his labrum after game three in 2015 and had to have surgery. Just as he was coming back from that, he injured his elbow last Spring. He wasn't able to work upper body for over a year.
One would hope he and Schofield have done some serious working out during the offseason. We'll just need to wait and see what they look like in OTAs and mini-camps, but especially in TC when the pads and hats go on and the real hitting begins.
At this point I would guess that Elway will sign some kind of Left Tackle kind of guy. I would also expect him to draft one at least by the 4th round, hopefully sooner. If he accomplishes that, Donald Stephenson could be released which would leave the Broncos with four Tackle prospects.
"Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus
We do also have Justin Murray ... OT from Cincinnati was on the PS most of the season. Hey, Leary was a PS player his 1st season and now a high priced OL.
as of now Elway hasn't had much luck drafting OL paradis is probably best 1 I can remember maybe franklin hopefully this year we get a real good one bc we really need one or 2
As far as Schofield, he was OK at RG but putting him back at RT, you're asking for trouble. We don't need a human revolving door at RT.
Sambrailo. No strength. Wrong scheme. Can't stay healthy. He gets hurt by carrying the groceries.
I'd rather pick up Watson as the RT, draft a Tackle to groom (Robinson).
The LT is not on the roster yet but once the FA smoke clears, we should get a 2nd tier LT via trade or waivers.
But yeah, unless we get improved play from the O and D line, we'll probably be in yet another transition year.
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Superbowl 50 Champions!
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"Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus
Paradis--ok so far and has lots of potential but coming off pretty serious surgeries
Clady--Played well his first couple of years then lived off his early rep
Franklin, Walton, Beadles, ---all not very good
Lichtensteiger -- only a bronco for 1 year and never started
Dline evens out????
here is the draft history:
DOOM--who I forgot about
11 picks and only 1 of those is still on the team and only 3 were any good
CP bet with NVthosebroncos that Forrest Lamp will be a solid day 1 starter, barring injury
Robert Ayers (You forgot to mention him. Didn't pan out much as a first rounder but is still productive, played in Super Bowl 48 and left because he got paid more than what he was worth ie. Malik)
Jarvis Moss (Obvious bust and the worst on this list. One of Shanahan's last drafts, in a messed up draft where we only had 4 picks.)
Sylvester Williams (Multiple year starter on a top 5 defense, Super Bowl starter, enough said).
Derek Wolfe (Starter on a consistently good defense, super bowl champion. Probably should be a pro bowler and had an all-pro caliber season in 2015. He's also had some major injuries.)
Adam Gotsis (Rookie year and coming off major surgery). Still early.
Tim Crowder (Another bust from the bad '08 class)
Marcus Thomas (Played out his rookie contract and another year for 5 total in Denver. N\Never stood out. Had 149 tackles, 2 picks and a forced fumble. Nothing special, but not terrible production from a guy on his rookie contract who played with 4 DCs i
Malik Jackson (Starter on the SB 50 team, great defender, played his whole rookie contract and had a great season in 2015 that helped us win a superbowl.) You can't really blame Elway for not paying him like Jacksonville did.
Quanterrus Smith (Major ACL injury in training camp after he was drafted.)
Darius Kilgo (2nd year w/logjam in front of him. Not much opportunity and DT/NTs always take 3 or 4 years to develop in the NFL).
Jeremy Beal (Did you really expect him to become a 10 year starter with the 247th overall pick?)
Jammie Kirlew (See Jeremy Beal, only picked a few spots higher).
All the changes in our coaching staff haven't helped, do you really expect a new staff to keep all the old players around even if they don't fit their schemes? We've had 6 DCs in the past 10 seasons, 4 head coaches and 4 different OCs.
Ryan Clady was a 3x pro bowler, 2x all pro and started every game his first few seasons and played pretty damn good until he started missing time from his injuries.
Harris was very reliable and always showed up when we needed him. Also a super bowl champion, and was good enough to have a long career as a starter in the nfl.
Franklin, Walton and Beadles all not very good? Franklin and Beadles were starters on a super bowl team, and starters on multiple teams. Both were pretty good. Both had some injuries too.
Walton was a pretty good player in Denver for a few seasons until he dislocated his ankle against the Raiders. His career kinda went downhill after that severe injury. He started 52 of 56 games.
Kory Lichtensteiger was a Shanahan zone guy, and didn't play in Denver his rookie season because Casey Wiegmann went to the pro bowl that year. He was cut after that season when Mike was fired and McDumbass took over. He ended up going to Washington and starting 75 games there, and he was pretty solid.
If you want to include Quanterrus Smith you should probably include Shane Ray, they were both drafted as DEs. Quanterrus was drafted purely rush the passer and tore his ACL.
Your assessments are lazy. I challenge you to find and show me another team that has done better over the past 10 seasons with what they were given.
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