The Denver Broncos needed a wide receiver, so they drafted Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Penn State’s K.J Hamler with their top two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Broncos general manager John Elway explained on Wednesday his decision to use consecutive selections on wide receivers in the project.
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“Not knowing how the first round was going to go, I was always ready to go receiver-receiver,” Elway said in an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Wednesday. “And I know it helped us become a receiver-receiver because if we weren’t receptive in the first round, I think a lot of people would have tried to jump us in the second round. “
The Broncos took Jeudy with the No. 15 overall choice in the first round and went with Hamler in the second round with the No. 46 overall selection. Jeudy and Hamler will join fellow receiver Courtland Sutton, who has had a season in small groups in 2019 for Denver.
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Add Noah Fant and running back Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay to the mix, and it’s clear the Broncos are doing their best to provide second-year quarterback Drew Lock with a multitude of weapons before the 2020 season.
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“There were a lot of people behind us who let us know that Hamler was their guy,” said Elway. “But with us sitting there, not riding as well as having picked up a wide receiver in the first round, I think people were sitting there thinking we weren’t going to write another receiver. “