The Broncos First-Round Pick Has the Potential to Snap Unusual Streak in John Elway Era

Jason Schandl
The Broncos' first-round draft pick in 2020 could break an unusual streak that John Elway has established.
The Broncos' first-round draft pick in 2020 could break an unusual streak that John Elway has established. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos have had mixed results since John Elway took over as general manager. They had plenty of success with Peyton Manning at QB, but since have been mired in a rebuild. Their 7-9 finish and the late-season emergence of rookie QB Drew Lock has created plenty of optimism heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

A common first-round projection for the Broncos is that they'll snag either Henry Ruggs III or Jerry Jeudy as complements for Courtland Sutton. Selecting either of those Alabama Crimson Tide wideouts would snap an usual streak that has lasted through the Elway era.

This streak is so unusual because Alabama consistently produces tons of draft picks every year. They're projected for the most first-round picks of any school in 2020, 10 Crimson Tide players went in the 2019 NFL Draft, 12 went in 2018 and 10 went in 2017.

With 76 players in those last nine drafts, Alabama has seen more players drafted than any other school. That's an average of 2.4 per NFL squad, and yet Elway's Broncos have so far stayed away.

If Ruggs and Jeudy are still available when Denver is on the clock at No. 15, we may get a glimpse at whether this is merely a coincidence, or if Elway is actually making an effort to avoid drafting players from Alabama.

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