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OR running back Royce Freeman drafted by Broncos

Rookie Sutton could be Thomas or Sanders' eventual replacement Morris has 3 former SMU players drafted
Derrick Tucker | 28 April, 2018, 22:36

Mocksters don't know, but when it came to SMU receiver Courtland Sutton, they had an ally in John Elway.

"With Moore (6'0") and Ridley (189 pounds) checking in undersized in some way, Sutton's prototypical size (6'3" and 218 pounds) makes him the best fit to play an outside wide receiver role in this draft class.

Sutton was the Broncos' second pick in the draft, following outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, the fifth overall pick. "I definitely am appreciative to be a part of this winning culture".

"We did, " Elway said. While some pegged him as a first-round pick, others questioned his speed and route running and perceived him as a likely second rounder. We were kind of sitting on our hands and hoping he would get there. "But it wasn't a concern when we took him".

On Day 2 of the National Football League draft, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway began fixing the mess on offense, selecting two big bangers in SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton in the second round and OR running back Royce Freeman in the third.

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Freeman is Oregon's all-time leading rusher, logging 5,621 yards and 64 touchdowns in four seasons. Freeman gives the Broncos much-needed depth at running back heading into the season.

"I think when you're drafting in the first, second and third round you're drafting potential starters and guys that can help your team right away". "Just being there and competing with those guys".

With their last pick of the day, the Broncos added Boston College CB Isaac Yiadom. The Broncos didn't take a quarterback at No. 5, and he got a receiver and running back with their next two selections. But quicker than you can say, "Jesus Christ, the Browns screwed themselves again!", Elway changed course and dialed Chubb's number. But he's very raw. And a high ceiling so that's what we're excited about.

"I loved playing safety, but I feel like in my heart I was a true receiver", Sutton said.

In his junior and senior seasons at SMU - the same college Sanders attended from 2006-09 - Sutton had 76 and 68 catches for 1,246 and 1,085 yards and 10 and 12 touchdowns. "He has those traits". Freeman tested as an above-par 59th-percentile SPARQ athlete in Indy with 4.54 speed and a 6.90 three-cone time. "So he's great in short yardage and will hopefully break a run or two". "And on the half-and-half balls, he wins a lot of those".

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