Even the most strident Josh McDaniels loyalists admit that McDaniels struggled with his first NFL draft, to put it mildly.
The Broncos had five picks in the first two rounds. None of them have truly hit.
All three second round picks are no longer even with the team following the release of safety Darcell McBath on Sunday. (The Broncos picked up former Patriot Johnathan Wilhite to replace him.)
Robert Ayers and Knowshon Moreno will start Week One in Denver, still trying to live up to their first round status. McBath, cornerback Alphonso Smith, and tight end Richard Quinn (waived/injured last month) are gone.
McDaniels made his share of mistakes in Denver, but you could argue that his downfall really started on that first draft day, not when he traded Jay Cutler.
That first draft was McDaniels’ best chance to make the Broncos better fast and he went 0-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice.