Broncos legend Jim Saccomano: The NFL Draft, then and now

As the former Vice President of Communications for the Denver Broncos, Jim Saccomano’s experience is the Broncos’ history. A walking, talking encyclopedia of football knowledge, Saccomano joined Gil Whiteley and Mark Jackson of Mile High Sports AM 1340 | FM 104.7 to discuss the Broncos’ illustrious draft history.

“What’s the best Broncos draft pick,” Saccomano asked with a smile. “Is it drafting Terrell [Davis] in one of the later rounds; is it Mark Jackson, when he was taken?”

All joking aside, when Saccomano turned to last month’s draft, he explained why the Broncos’ top selection was a no-brainer. “Chubb… it wasn’t hard to scout this guy. Everybody knew he was really good.”

Saccomano then looked back to discuss the class that helped shape the Broncos forever. “That class that made the team initially was with John Ralston as the head coach, which was the 1973 draft,” said Saccomano. “There were so many guys there who became starters on the first Super Bowl team. Once the Broncos got good, it was easy to replenish year after year.”

Of course, it helps to find diamonds in the rough. “Shannon Sharpe was a late-round draft choice from Savannah State. They can never measure how hard a guy plays, or the heart, or the drive that he has.”

Saccomano explained that some things haven’t changed over the years for NFL rookies. “The first thing they do when they get going is they get naked. What it is, is that they come into that locker room and put on the same uniform. Just like in the army. The players play.”

Click here to listen to the full interview with Jim Saccomano, including more tales surrounding the Broncos’ rich history, and how that still affects the team today.

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