In the 2014 NFL Draft first round, the Denver Broncos got better in a position of need – at cornerback. The same can be said about the second and third rounds on Friday. If there was a weak spot on their roster, General Manager John Elway and company solidified.
First, in the second roundDenver traded up seven picks from its original spot at No. 63 to select Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer.
Then in the third round the Broncos stayed on the offensive side of the ball in the third round, strengthening the depth on the offensive line. With the 95th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Broncos took Michigan offensive lineman Michael Schofield.
At Indiana, Latimer snatched 135 catches for 2,042 yards and 17 touchdowns. He had at least one catch in all 32 of his career games, which included 24 starts.
After the pick Elway talked about Latimer being a complete package player, “Really the cherry on top of the sundae was how he goes about and plays the game. He was the best blocking wide receiver, by far, in the draft.”
Schofield, the 6-foot-6, 301 lb, played in 52 career games for the Wolverines, making 36 starts — 26 of which came at right tackle, while the other 10 came at left guard.
“It gives us a lot of different options,” Elway said. “With the offensive line there we’re depending on what we do with Orlando (Franklin) and if he can stay (at left guard), but we’re going to look at all of the different options. With his versatility he’ll start at tackle and move inside and play some guard also. We’re going to be playing with a bunch of different combinations and by the end I’m sure we’ll come out with the best combination.