Man. That Josh McDaniels era was so much worse than I remember it being. I think he’s going to be a much better coach this time around, but looking back it’s almost crazy he’s getting another go at it. He mismanaged that team into the ground.
This is basically a 2009/2010 draft morphed together because this bust had that many repercussions. The pick is Alphonso Smith, cornerback out of Wake Forest that Denver took at 37th overall. He struggled so mightily during his rookie year Denver actually traded him to the Lions after one season. That’s basically unheard of.
I usually focus on just first round picks, but this one is different. Josh McDaniels actually traded his 2010 1st round pick to the Seahawks for the 2nd round pick he used to select Smith. To make matters worse Denver had two 2nd rounders in 2010 that they could have packaged together but chose to use their 1st instead.
When Denver selected Smith in 2009 the following players were still available; Rey Maualuga, Jairus Byrd, Max Unger, and LeSean McCoy. I know McCoy sounds nice but Denver had just used their 1st rounder on the Uber successful Knowshon Moreno.
Had they kept their 2010 1st rounder they could have had one of the following; Earl Thomas, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mike Iupati, Maurkice Pouncey, Dez Bryant, and Devin McCourty. Imagine the “No Fly Zone” with Earl Thomas.
Talk about a rough two years, Denver did end up with Demaryius Thomas out of the deal. But they also had to deal with Tim Tebow being passed off as a quarterback.
Here’s to hoping that the Broncos finally find their answer at quarterback after the last few years of Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, and Paxton Lynch. Their fans deserve at least competency at this point.