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Denver Broncos' 2020 NFL draft analysis for every pick

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Was Jerry Jeudy the right pick for the Broncos? (0:47)

Jeff Legwold explains why the Broncos made the right call in taking Jerry Jeudy with the 15th pick in the 2020 NFL draft. (0:47)

The 2020 NFL draft is in the books, and the Denver Broncos' draft class is complete.

The draft, which had been scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, was successfully completed virtually from the homes of coaches, general managers and other front-office staff because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Analysis of every pick | Updated depth charts

Here's a pick-by-pick look at how each player the Broncos have selected will fit.


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Jerry Jeudy's NFL draft profile

Jerry Jeudy is considered to be one of the best wide receivers to ever play at Alabama. Whose helmet will he put on next?

Round 1, No. 15 overall: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

My take: The Broncos were patient, even after the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a trade just in front of them, and ended up with the player many teams believed was the best wide receiver on the board. Jeudy will play immediately for the Broncos -- and a lot. His ability to line up all over the formation made him the perfect intersection between the biggest need on the depth chart and the best player on the board when the Broncos' turn arrived.

Big-play potential: Jeudy averaged 17.2 yards per catch during his career at Alabama, placing him behind only NFL Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome at the school. Jeudy had a touchdown reception every 16.6 catches over the past two seasons on an offense that also featured Henry Ruggs III -- picked No. 12 by the Las Vegas Raiders. Receiver was a huge need for the Broncos, who finished tied for 17th last season in pass plays of at least 30 yards. Courtland Sutton was the team's leading receiver last season, but Emmanuel Sanders finished second among the team's receivers in catches (30) and didn't play for the team after October.

Star of David: Jeudy, who said he is called "Jeu" by his friends as a way of shortening his last name, wore a Star of David necklace this past season and at the NFL combine, even though he is not Jewish. He apologized, via social media, at the combine when he was informed that some thought it was offensive.


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KJ Hamler's 2020 NFL draft Profile

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Round 2, No. 46 overall: KJ Hamler, WR, Penn State

My take: Hamler didn't run at the scouting combine, but it didn't matter as he was considered one of the fastest players in the draft. He provides big-play pop -- he had a 14-game stretch with at least one reception of at least 20 yards -- and he is a quality kick returner. He averaged 16.9 yards per catch in his college career and flashed potential as a returner. He will have to clean up some drops -- he had nine last season -- but his explosiveness is needed in the Broncos' offense, which tied for 17th in the league in pass plays of at least 30 yards last season.


Round 3, No. 77 overall: Michael Ojemudia, CB, Iowa

My take: It is a draft tradition that big cornerbacks always move up the board during the draft weekend. And while many teams had a Day 3 grade on Ojemudia heading into the draft, the Broncos went for the 6-foot-5/8, 200-pound Ojemudia, who ran 4.45 in the 40 at the scouting combine. At the moment, he is more potential over production. Though he did flash top-flight skills in some games this season, he didn't have the overall consistency as some others at the position. This is clearly a player whom the Broncos see has speed and size that they believe they can mold into a more consistent performer.


Round 3, No. 83 overall: Lloyd Cushenberry III, C, LSU

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Lloyd Cushenberry III's 2020 NFL draft profile

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My take: The Broncos' patience was rewarded as many considered Cushenberry to have second-round value. He started the last 28 games of his career for the Tigers and scouts certainly got to see him in a pro-style offense as LSU played a difficult schedule and did nothing but pile up points and yards as quarterback Joe Burrow had a historical year. Scouts had plenty of game video with five-man protections against extra rushers. He plays with great awareness, and with an arm span of more than 84 inches, he had the biggest reach of any interior offensive lineman at the scouting combine. A smart and tough lineman who can make quality pre-snap reads, Cushenberry should compete to be the starter immediately.


Round 3, No. 95 overall: McTelvin Agim, DT, Arkansas

My take: This is a player who has made the most of the last four months to move up draft boards. He started games at both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Razorbacks and the game video consistently showed him making plays up the field despite opposing offensive linemen consistently moving protections toward him. Agim showed his explosiveness at the combine when he ran a 4.98 40-yard dash. He fits Vic Fangio's scheme and should see time at defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. He also is physical enough to move into a defensive tackle look in some of their rush packages in the nickel and dime. He is exactly the kind of player Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar can turn into a highly productive addition.

What’s next: The Broncos are scheduled to have five picks on Day 3 -- one in the fourth (No. 118), one in the fifth (No. 178), one in the sixth (No. 181) and two at the end of the seventh (Nos. 252 and 254). They still need to look at cornerback, as well as a developmental tackle. Finding a quarterback wouldn't be a bad addition either. Also, the deepest class of wide receivers in years will provide the potential best player on the board at any of those picks.


Round 4, No. 118 overall: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

My take: It's clear the Broncos have plans to use the tight end plenty in coach Pat Shurmur's offense given they signed Nick Vannett in free agency and have now used a fourth-round pick on Okwuegbunam. He is certainly a potential-over-production type player at this point, but his speed is rare -- he ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the scouting combine at 258 pounds. His routes are raw and need some polish, but when he does separate, he is a problem for defenders. He is a red zone factor as well, as he led the Tigers with six touchdown receptions in 2019. That means for Okwuegbunam's career, he had 23 touchdown catches in his 98 receptions or a TD for every 4.3 catches in three seasons at Missouri. He has missed time in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons with some shoulder issues, but the Broncos weren't concerned enough to wait any longer to pick him.


Round 5, No. 178 overall: Justin Strnad, LB, Wake Forest

My take: Strnad was considered one of the best potential special-teams players on the board by some in the league. He's coming off a season at Wake where he led the team both in interceptions and special-teams tackles. His timed speed was only average among the linebackers at the combine -- he ran a 4.74 in the 40 -- but his play speed is easy to see on video. He gets the right drops in zone coverage when asked and attacks the line of scrimmage to chase down run plays outside of the tackles. He did have biceps surgery in October, but still finished with 69 tackles, two sacks and an interception in his eight games.


Round 6, No. 181 overall: Netane Muti, OG, Fresno State

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Netane Muti's NFL draft profile

Watch the highlights of former Fresno State guard Netane Muti.

My take: He is an athletic prospect who saw his pre-draft stock dip a bit because of injuries -- Achilles (twice) and foot -- that caused him to miss time in three of his seasons with the Bulldogs. As a result, he played in just 19 games overall and the lack of on-site visits and post-combine medical rechecks provided fewer chances for players with injury histories to give teams another look. He's a power-first player who shows flashes when he simply overpowers defenders in the run game by driving people off the ball. He flashes quality handwork in pass protection as well. He isn't the classic pulling guard, but in tight he's a powerful presence.


Round 7, No. 252 overall: Tyrie Cleveland, WR, Florida

My take: Cleveland has good size (6-foot-2 3/8, 209 pounds) and ran a 4.46 40 at the scouting combine. So he has the traits the Broncos were searching for in this draft, especially the top-end speed. But he's an unfinished product given he was a reserve for most of his career with the Gators. He finished this past season with just 25 receptions and a touchdown. His routes need some polish, especially as he comes in and out of his breaks, but there is potential here if the Broncos can smooth some of the rough edges. And he played special teams well with the Gators.


Round 7, No. 254 overall: Derrek Tuszka, OLB, North Dakota State

My take: He dominated at the FCS level with 31 tackles for loss and 21 sacks in the last two seasons combined. He was a three-year starter on a team that won three consecutive national championships. Tuszka has potential as a spot pass-rusher from the outset given his ability to keep pressing the issue after the snap with good hand placement and plenty of effort. He isn't quite as quick as some of the edge rushers taken ahead of him in this draft, but his play speed and effort plays make him a quality addition with the Broncos' final pick of the draft. Tuszka could quickly carve out value on special teams as well.