The NFL Draft is probably the most looked forward to off season event by football fans and teams. It is through the draft that a team has the best chance to build or rebuild their roster. Most of the focus in the draft is looking at what team can pick up a real game changing player. Often the attention is on the quarterbacks.
The Denver Broncos have had some very good quarterbacks over the years, including the great John Elway who was actually drafted in the first round by the Colts and then traded to Denver. Through the years, the Broncos themselves have drafted just three quarterbacks in the first round.
2010 – Tim Tebow
In a move that was questioned by many due to him playing in an offense that did not really act like a true pro style offense, the Broncos used the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft on quarterback Tim Tebow out of the University of Florida.
2006 – Jay Cutler
In 2006, the Broncos used the 11th overall pick in the first round to take Jay Cutler out of Vanderbilt. Cutler had a very productive rookie season and showed a lot of talent in years two and three with the team too. He would be traded to the Bears though before the 2009 NFL season and the Broncos would instead go with Kyle Orton at the position.
1992 – Tommy Maddox
With the 25th pick in the 1992 NFL Draft, Denver would select quarterback Tommy Maddox out of UCLA. Maddox would serve as John Elway’s backup for a short time, but would soon find himself out of the NFL. After a successful season in another professional football league, he would be picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers and earn Comeback Player of the Year honors, as well as other awards.