ANALYSIS: The Broncos break tradition by picking an Offensive Lineman in the first round. Not only is this a break with tradition, but this particular lineman is much bigger than the typical Denver lineman, Clady is 6'6" and 315 lbs. The offensive line is getting old and needs young blood. Two starters were on the IR last year, Center Tom Nalen with a torn bicep and LG Ben Hamilton sat out the season with a concussion he suffered in training camp. The RT, Erik Pears, will be a free agent at the end of the 2008 season and the projected LT, Ryan Harris, is unproven. He was a 2007 third round pick who only played on special teams and goal line formations in 2007.
Clady has the mobility and athleticism needed to execute Denver's zone blocking scheme. As an added bonus he is bigger and more powerful than the traditional Denver lineman. He has a small school background, but Boise State was a very successful team. His solid execution of the fundamentals that he has been coached on and his potential for refinement of his technique make him ideally suited to be a big contributer to Denver's run-first offense.
Pro Football Weekly:
"Clady looks every bit the part with a big frame and long arms. The game appears to come easy for him - he's a natural 300-pounder who can bend and adjust - and he is loaded with upside."
|1||Miami Dolphins||Jake Long||McRipper||Details|
|2||St. Louis Rams||Chris Long||Chad||Details|
|3||Atlanta Falcons||Glenn Dorsey||mas12||Details|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Vernon Gholston||Doctor Chicago||Details|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||Sedrick Ellis||whitebearsox23||Details|
|6||NY Jets||Darren McFadden||DaNate23||Details|
|7||New England Patriots||Leodis McKelvin||tyger1147||Details|
|8||Baltimore Ravens||Matt Ryan||McRipper||Details|
|9||Cinncinati Bengals||Keith Rivers||tomas21||Details|
|10||New Orleans Saints||Mike Jenkins||sirus19x||Details|
|11||Buffalo Bills||Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||Chad||Details|
|12||Denver Broncos||Ryan Clady||Arctic Bronco||Details|
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