With the twentieth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select…
20. Denver Broncos: Ryan Ramczyk, OT | Wisconsin
It’s extremely difficult for a team to get back to the Super Bowl the following season. Even more so when your first ballot hall of fame quarterback retires. The Broncos opted to go with Trevor Siemian, a 7th round draft pick in 2015 last season, despite drafting quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Siemian was serviceable, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving and the Broncos defense finished in the top 5 for the third consecutive season, however the Broncos finished 9-7 and just missed out on an AFC playoff berth. The Broncos running game finished in the bottom half of the league and while a Christian McCaffrey would be an enticing option were he still on the board, the larger issue on this Broncos team is their offensive line.
Broncos quarterbacks were sacked 40 times last season so you gotta believe GM John Elway is looking at beefing up the offensive line come April 27th. Ronald Leary was a solid addition at guard in free agency but the Menelik Watson move was not as strong. Whoever starts at quarterback whether it be Siemian or Lynch is not going to get much time in the pocket with Watson and Donald Stephenson manning the tackle spots. A name many mocks have to the Broncos is Utah’s Garett Bolles, but I think Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk is better suited. Bolles seems to be projected as a RG/RT at the NFL Level. Ramczyk meanwhile can man the blind side in Denver for the next decade, shifting Stephensen to his more natural spot at right tackle and Watson providing depth. Denver’s offensive line already looks better heading into the 2017 season.