Elway’s picks are pleasing the vets

Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (10) following the win over the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

When Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. met the press on Tuesday, he made one thing abundantly clear about what he wanted John Elway and Co. to do with the fifth pick in the draft.

“Somebody who’s going to come in and play,” Harris Jr. said. “We’re going to need somebody who can come in and play now, whether that be [RB Saquon] Barkley, [DE Bradley] Chubb, the guard from Notre Dame [Quenton Nelson], one of those three guys. We know those guys can come in and play right now. We’re trying to win now, we don’t have time to wait.”

Elway came through for Harris Jr., and the Broncos made sure to let Elway know that he made the right choice.

Harris Jr. wasn’t the only member of the Broncos defense that liked the selection. Six-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller was also extremely pleased with the pick as well.

Miller and Bradley Chubb have the potential to be one of the top pass rushing duos in the NFL, and the addition of Chubb only adds to the already strong Broncos pass rush, but Elway and the Broncos still have plenty of work to do in the draft.

Denver started off Day 2 with a bang, drafting former SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton, with the 40th pick. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver finished his junior year at SMU with 68 receptions for 1,085 yards and 12 touchdowns, and could very well turn into the Broncos third receiver that they’ve been looking for for some time.

That pick made one former SMU Mustang and current Denver Bronco extremely happy.

The Broncos followed that pick by drafting former University of Oregon running back Royce Freeman, who according to Elway, will compete for the starting job upon his arrival. They wrapped up Day 2 by selecting former Boston College cornerback Isaac Yiadom, someone who Elway and Co. feel will add to the strengths of their secondary.

The Broncos still have plenty of moves to make, but it’s safe to say that Elway has the support of his players following the first two days of picks.

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