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    Broncos' value list

    Champ Bailey is tops, but has youthful players at his heels

    By Bill Williamson
    The Denver Post
    Article Last Updated: 01/05/2008 11:58:24 PM MST

    Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler has proven himself as the future of the franchise after just 21 games played for the team in the last two seasons.

    It is clear the Broncos - whose victory total has dropped from 13 to nine to seven the past three seasons - are a team in transition.

    Also obvious is that many of Denver's best players, as the team heads into the offseason to prepare for 2008, are its younger players. Denver opened the 2007 season with one of the oldest rosters in the NFL. It ended the season with youthful faces playing key roles.

    Broncos reporter Bill Williamson offers the following value list, which reveals the team could rely on its youth as it moves forward.

    Half of the top 10 players on the list have two seasons or less NFL experience. Only two players in the top 10 are 30 or older.

    The list was compiled based on production in 2007 and Williamson's projections for the future. It does not account for free agency and players who may be released for salary-cap reasons.

    1. Champ Bailey CB
    He'll be 30 next season, but he is still a top-10 player in the NFL.

    2. Jay Cutler QB
    Cutler has shown he won't be a bust. He'll be the franchise's centerpiece for the next 10 to 12 years.

    3. Brandon Marshall WR
    A bright light in a poor season. Marshall is developing into one of the finest receivers in the game. He's a special talent.

    4. D.J. Williams LB
    It won't be a surprise if Williams moves back to the outside from the middle, but he is a player you want on the field.

    5. Daniel Graham TE
    Don't get caught up with the lack of receiving numbers. He's a dominating force on the line of scrimmage.

    6. Elvis Dumervil DE
    Becoming a legitimate sack master. No more worries about his lack of size.

    7. Tom Nalen C
    Despite missing most of the season with a torn biceps, he will still anchor this offense at age 36.

    8. Dre Bly CB
    Not a shutdown corner, but an above-average player who can help this team win.

    9. Tony Scheffler TE
    The fourth player on the list


    10. Selvin Young RB
    There will likely be competition, but Young showed as an undrafted rookie he'll be in the mix for major playing time. Running back Selvin Young rates in the top 10 despite being a rookie in Williamson's value list, and has a huge edge on the competition. (Post file)from what is a special 2006 draft class. He can stretch the field.

    11. Javon Walker WR
    Probably won't be in Denver after an injury-filled season and his rant last week. But he still has skills.

    12. Travis Henry RB
    Money and injury issues may send him out of town, but he is a tough runner when healthy.

    13. Marcus Thomas DT
    This is a future pick. Thomas got a lot of quality playing time as a rookie and he will be a big part of the defense.

    14. Ryan Harris OT
    Also a future pick. Harris became an important figure after the retirement of Matt Lepsis. The team loves him.

    15. Jason Elam K
    As high as a place-kicker can be. Elam is a free agent, but he must be re-signed. He was an MVP this season.

    16. Brandon Stokley WR
    A worthy insurance policy in the wake of Walker's problems. He'll be 32 and has dealt with injuries, but he can play.

    17. Ben Hamilton G
    Vows to return from a concussion problem that kept him out all season. He's a valuable piece.

    18. Jarvis Moss DE
    The team likes his potential, but Moss has to show he can stay healthy and he needs to get stronger.

    19. John Lynch S
    Don't know if he is staying or going, but he can help this team if he returns.

    20. Tim Crowder

    21. Chris Myers G/C
    He showed his worth by taking over for both Hamilton and Nalen this season.

    22. Hamza Abdullah S
    He moved into the starting lineup in the middle of the season and has potential to improve.

    23. Montrae Holland G
    First-year Bronco was a solid contributor.

    24. Erik Pears OT
    Still learning the NFL, but he likely will stay in the starting lineup.

    25. Chris Kuper G
    Could get playing time at guard and tackle. His versatility helps the team.

    26. Patrick Ramsey QB
    Many at Dove Valley think he's one of the top backup quarterbacks in the league.

    27. Domonique Foxworth DB
    Could be attractive as a restricted free agent. He can play every spot in the secondary.

    28. Cecil Sapp FB
    A tough player whom the coaching staff loves.

    29. Jamie Winborn LB
    Could be a starter at an outside spot next season after a strong finish this season.

    30. Karl Paymah CB
    He made progress as a third-year player and turned into a decent nickel cornerback.

    31. Ian Gold LB
    His play slipped in 2007, and he could be a salary-cap casualty.

    32. Nate Webster LB
    A spirited player who likely will have a role even if he's not a starter next season.

    33. Ebenezer Ekuban DE
    Because of the youth movement, not sure he'll be back. But he was sorely missed when he was lost in the preseason.

    34. John Engelberger DE
    Hard-working player the team wants, but likely in a backup role.

    35. Alvin McKinley DT
    A solid journeyman who could return depending on what the team does in the offseason.

    36. Mike Leach LS
    Simply one of the best in the league at what he does.

    37. Nick Ferguson S
    Has a bigger value than his slot, but he likely won't return as a free agent.

    38. Josh Mallard DT
    A midseason pickup who came in and gave the team a spark. An interesting player.

    39. Kenny Peterson DT
    A roller-coaster season ended with him getting major playing time.

    40. Andre Hall RB
    A fine backup runner who can be an explosive kick returner. Someone to keep an eye on.

    41. Glenn Martinez WR
    A productive punt returner who has been a decent No. 3 receiver. Needs to improve, but has a chance.

    42. Jordan Beck LB
    He was signed during the season and became a key special-teams player.

    43. Steve Cargile S
    If he puts it all together, his value will soar. A physical specimen.

    44. Louis Green LB
    A valuable player because of special teams.

    45. Nate Jackson TE
    Has dealt with a lot of injuries, but the coaching staff likes him in the passing game.

    46. Steven Harris DT
    A project who could develop into a nice player.

    47. Darrell Hackney QB
    The Broncos are intrigued by his arm and ability.

    48. Paul Smith FB
    A good special-teams player who needs to stay healthy.

    49. Chad Mustard TE
    Bounced on and off the roster early in the year. A good blocker.

    50. Paul Carrington DE
    A large body who is a project player.

    51. Larry Birdine DE
    Like Carrington, he is a project who will be looked at in camp.

    52. Mike Bell FB
    Had a lost second season at fullback after being a rookie standout at tailback. May not be in the picture.

    53. Sam Paulescu P
    Was signed before the final game. He'll have competition, but the team will consider him in camp.

  • #2
    Uh oh.... they didn't say that Nate Jackson will be cut.... this could cause an UPROAR on the boards!!!

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      • #4
        Aww, poor Tim Crowder..


        20. Tim Crowder
        No little blurb about him.



        Good ready anyway Cali!


        Ahaha!

        If he develops into a stalwart, the D-line will be fine. He showed flashes as a rookie.
        Last edited by Peerless; 01-06-2008, 09:59 AM.

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        • #5
          Ramsey ahead of Winborn, Foxworth and Ekuban
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          • #6
            Originally posted by dwills#1fan27 View Post
            Ramsey ahead of Winborn, Foxworth and Ekuban
            I don't think they were listed in order of importance... at least, thats not how I read it

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            • #7
              The value in this article sucked.

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              • #8
                They had Ramsey way too high and Mike Bell way too low.
                dont let him pull dat move on ya, dont let him pull that move.......................oh no dats da move! TOUCHDOWN!!!

                I tried to warn ya.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Return of Lava View Post
                  They had Ramsey way too high and Mike Bell way too low.
                  Really? Bell will very likely be cut as he has little to no trade value. Why should he be ranked higher?

                  It's really too bad. Mike Bell was a great story last year but the guy has seemingly completely dropped out of Denver's plans.
                  "You can't take the sky from me..."
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                  "You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding"

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                  • #10
                    I'm actually surprised Mike Bell made it through training camp without being cut, he has ZERO value, imo.

                    And how in the hell do they not have Nasty Nate being cut?

                    Paymah is better than Foxworth......

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Javalon View Post
                      Really? Bell will very likely be cut as he has little to no trade value. Why should he be ranked higher?

                      It's really too bad. Mike Bell was a great story last year but the guy has seemingly completely dropped out of Denver's plans.
                      I thought he was our best goalline runner, and has the size to be a fulltime back.

                      Last year promoted to #1 talback

                      A year later, a backup fullback

                      So is life in the crazy world under Shanahan.
                      dont let him pull dat move on ya, dont let him pull that move.......................oh no dats da move! TOUCHDOWN!!!

                      I tried to warn ya.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Return of Lava View Post
                        I thought he was our best goalline runner, and has the size to be a fulltime back.

                        Last year promoted to #1 talback

                        A year later, a backup fullback

                        So is life in the crazy world under Shanahan.
                        It's not about anything crazy Shanny did... Bell fumbled his way off the team. Sapp looked better when he was in at FB. Bell never CONSISTENTLY looked as good at tailback as Young has. Or Hall.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Return of Lava View Post
                          I thought he was our best goalline runner, and has the size to be a fulltime back.

                          Last year promoted to #1 talback

                          A year later, a backup fullback

                          So is life in the crazy world under Shanahan.
                          Yep, it's a crazy life for running backs. But that's why he's ranked so low on that list.
                          "You can't take the sky from me..."
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                          "You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gobroncsnv View Post
                            It's not about anything crazy Shanny did... Bell fumbled his way off the team. Sapp looked better when he was in at FB. Bell never CONSISTENTLY looked as good at tailback as Young has. Or Hall.
                            Mike Bell has a better Carries/Fumble ratio in his short career than Henry, Hall, and Young. He might not be as consistently good as the above, but, he is not a fumbler. Heck, Jay has just under one fumble per game.

                            Also, I certainly think anyone would have been a better FB than Sapp. The guy cannot ever keep his feet. I will give that he has decent hands for a FB. I hope we draft Owen Schmitt, the offense could use another true FB.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gobroncsnv View Post
                              It's not about anything crazy Shanny did... Bell fumbled his way off the team. Sapp looked better when he was in at FB. Bell never CONSISTENTLY looked as good at tailback as Young has. Or Hall.
                              Its crazy because if Shanahan was gonna remove Mike Bell from the Hb competition, he should have just released him, what good is he as a FB? Over Kyle Johnson? Our STARTER for the last few years? We cut our starter, and converted two HB'sover there. I can see Sapp, but why not keep KJ as a FB and release Mike Bell, he has no use whatsoever as a FB. Its so unorthodoxed (sp?) its ridiculous.
                              dont let him pull dat move on ya, dont let him pull that move.......................oh no dats da move! TOUCHDOWN!!!

                              I tried to warn ya.

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