November 14, 2020; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; The North Carolina Tar Heels, traced back to Javonte Williams, 25, score a touchdown as Wake Forest Demon Deacons defenders Caelen Carson, 29 and Nick Andersen, 45, defend at Kenan Memorial Stadium in the fourth quarter. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos highlighted the value in their 10 selections in the 2021 NFL Draft, which resulted in a fantastic stretch.
Our 2021 #BroncosDraft class 🤩 pic.twitter.com/MKcxXHJbLJ
– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 2, 2021
Conversations can be had about who they picked and who they missed, Ohio State’s most notable quarterback Justin Fields. However, you cannot see an entire design season in one snapshot.
You need to view the design itself as a movie (entire design class), not just a scene (a selection). When you look at the entire group of selected players, it’s hard not to be impressed.
Our own Rich Kurtzman gave a glimpse of the overall rating of the Broncos design and showed the team rave reviews across the league.
Zach Segars sets up the water cooler debate by evaluating each selection and breaking down pick-by-pick. One thing that cannot be discussed is the team’s intention to hit a target value during the off-season. With all-pro cornerbacks Kyle Fuller or Kareem Jackson, the team could attract really talented players for below-market deals. Even getting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for a 6th round selection and a restructured salary was a phenomenal added value.
General Manager George Paton believes the team is ready to win and identify players who can contribute to offensive, defense and specialty teams for the 2021 season.
“I think we have 10 players who will help our football team.”
GM George Paton sums up his first #BroncosDraft: pic.twitter.com/2YQuxRDV4g
– Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 2, 2021
Paton has been able to maximize its player and prospect ratings and efficiently evaluate how players are viewed among the league’s decision-makers.
We often confuse the terms rating and rating, but there is a distinct difference.
Evaluation is the evaluation of a player’s skills, composition and intangibles. Scoring is an understanding of the player’s worth (worth) to decision makers across the league.
The distinction between rating and rating can be summarized relatively easily when a decision maker reads the market and effectively measures how well you are finding a player and how cheap you are getting them (contact or draft slot).
The two concepts meet directly in the NFL draft. General managers get their player ratings from their scouts. In addition, the decision makers in their league know how other teams value their board of directors.
Armed with his own scouting pedigree, Paton grabbed players later than most thought for having read the league perfectly.
He prioritized value over need and consistently became Best Player Available (BPA).
Benjamin Robinson’s graphic below shows that after the expected draft slot, the Broncos continued to move in boys and check in at the second highest mark in the league (Chicago Bears).
This was my most controversial table of the 2020 NFL Draft: Draft Capital Beyond Expectations (#GrindingTheMocks Expected Draft Position vs. Actual Draft Slot) of the team in the 2021 NFL Draft. Low doesn’t mean your team is bad, just that the design process could be questionable! pic.twitter.com/8rqvRDJMTD
– Benjamin Robinson (@benj_robinson) May 2, 2021
From Javonte Williams, PFF # 1, who ran back after two other backs fell off the board, to Ball-Hawk, who took third place safety Jamar Johnson in the 5th round, were just two examples of Paton’s worth aspired to.
Broncos get third place safety in the 5th round @ PFFs 👀 pic.twitter.com/kDIwbagPP0
– PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
You can check out big board after big board and see how high the latest Denver Broncos are thought to be.
For example, the very disgruntled and trustworthy analyst Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network had several Broncos selections placed significantly higher on his top 150 big board list than where they were picked.
Patrick Surtain was ranked 9th overall interested party – selected from selection 9
Javonte Williams was ranked 25th overall prospect – selected from selection 35
Quinn Meinerz was classified as the 45th overall interested party – selected in selection 98
Baron Browning was ranked 65th overall prospect – selected with selection 105
Jonathon Cooper was ranked the 120th overall prospect – selected with selection 239
Jamar Johnson was ranked 130th overall prospectus – selected with selection 164
With a team that has great talent throughout the design process, the depth of your team will improve. If the squad has a depth of quality (people who can start) your overall play on the field will improve. Paton let other teams reach out as needed and continued to focus on finding good players.
I think of the great USC Trojan teams and the prime of the Seattle Seahawks under Pete Carrol for a clear example of how competition creates excellence. You do this by not being afraid to bring in talent regardless of your position, even if you already have them in certain positions.
Guys who start for other teams are reserves for great teams, and guys who are reserve players for average teams are almost special team players or spot contributors to great teams.
The Broncos will have to make many difficult decisions based on such designs, which is very good for this organization. Not only will it help you compete in 2021, but it will also help you have good cap management in place in 2022 if you choose people like
That team is much deeper and more dynamic now because Paton emphasized the value of drawing players during the 2021 NFL draft.