Courtland Sutton Can Be the Broncos' Top Receiver for Years to Come

Courtland Sutton Can Be the Broncos' Top Receiver for Years to Come

The Denver Broncos turned their attention to bolstering their anemic offense Friday when general manager John Elway selected SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton and OR running back Royce Freeman.

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Their physical specifications were nearly identical, about 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, edge rushers whose finesse matched their power.

Many reject the wisdom of selecting a running back in the first round these days, and players like Freeman are a big part of that.

That defensive mentality has translated on the other end in the form of the toughness and body positioning to snag contested balls. Anderson, from Cal, rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season.

John Elway has added size, strength and seasoning to the Denver Broncos' roster after spending much of the last two drafts taking chances on players who had lighter resumes and more question marks.

"I am a guy who is going to come to the field and demand respect wherever I am on the field - whether it is in the slot, whether it is on the outside, on the right or the left", Sutton said during a conference call. On defense, the Broncos could use another inside linebacker and a run-stuffer. I have to play hide-and-go-seek with you guys all the time when it comes down to who we're going to pick.

And though Sutton said he had "no idea" he was on the Broncos' radar, he already has a connection to a new teammate. "I feel like a successful rookie year is just making plays and whatever it takes to help this team win".

"We did, " Elway said. He amassed 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2017.

"With Freeman, he is a big back with speed, so when you're down in the red zone running the football, he's definitely a nice option", Joseph said.

In addition to Crosby, other OR prospects hoping for a late-round call include running back Kani Benoit, long snapper Tanner Carew and cornerback Arrion Springs.