Broncos trade down with Seahawks in 5th round of National Football League draft

Look inside Elway's Day 1 strategy: Why Chubb trumped Bills hefty trade offer

Broncos trade down with Seahawks in 5th round of National Football League draft

Freeman gives the Broncos much-needed depth at running back heading into the season.

Chubb will play outside linebacker in Denver where he's expected to immediately upgrade a defense that ranked third last season but surrendered a whopping 29 TD passes.

The Denver Broncos got the run started by selecting SMU star Courtland Sutton, a huge and athletic target who can dominate at the catch point and offers them a red zone threat. Freeman (6'0/229) was a rare four-year starting running back at OR, setting school records in rushing yards (5,621) and touchdowns (64) and averaging 5.94 yards per carry.

"The thing is, like I said yesterday, our scouts have done a tremendous job", Elway said.

In hopes of bolstering their passing game, the Denver Broncos selected former SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton No. 40 overall in the second round of the 2018 National Football League draft on Friday.

"Well, we got better on the offensive side, no question", Elway said Friday night after adding Sutton (6-foot-4, 218 pounds) and Freeman (6-foot, 238 pounds). He also displays the physicality needed to win against press coverage.

"He really takes pride in his fundamentals", Doeren said.

"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.

"I am very new to the position".

One reason why Sutton is raw is because he was mostly recruited as a safety, and wound up switching to receiver early in college.

In his junior and senior seasons at SMU - the same college Sanders attended from 2006-09 - Sutton had 76 and 68 catches for 1,246 and 1,085 yards and 10 and 12 touchdowns.

"I am going to do it above and beyond with what is inside of me".

"When you're ranking your wide receivers for your roster, you talk about guys having No. 1 traits, " said Broncos head coach Vance Joseph. "He is a big receiver with great ball skills".

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