Photos: Broncos' five best -- and five worst -- draft picks of all-time

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Fourth Worst Pick of All-Time: Tommy Maddox
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Tommy Maddox.
Maddox, out of UCLA, was chosen in the first round of the 1992 draft mostly as a way for then-head coach Dan Reeves to show how mad he was at John Elway. But Elway was nowhere near done with his career, as he would prove to glorious effect over the next several years, leaving Maddox nothing to do but collect dust. Hence, the draft choice was a colossal gaffe for all involved -- and while Maddox subsequently had a pretty decent stint with the Steelers, as seen in this photo, he was a waste of space in Denver.

Fourth Best Pick of All-Time: Tom Nalen

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Tom Nalen.
Nalen was the opposite of heralded in advance of the 1994 draft, which explains why he was still around in the seventh round for the Broncos to nab. But the center anchored the line for well over a decade, during a period when Denver seemingly could get anyone who was ambulatory 1,000 yards in a season. He also went to five Pro Bowls and was the 2003 offensive lineman of the year -- not to mention a guy with a really great hairstyle.

Continue to keep counting down the Broncos' five best and five worst draft of all-time.

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Mnizzle
Mnizzle

Thank you Matt Lepsis for ending the career of the best running back we ever had.

Thanks you mighty-mouse rag-arm Brian Griese for throwing the pick that caused it.

Terrell could possibly have an all time top-ten HOF running back.  Makes me want to puke.

dano323
dano323

Clarett and Tebow will make you laugh your nut sack off...We have made way worse picks than those assholes...We have messed up more than a new puppy eating Chubby's Green Chili...We are the Broncos...We will F it up forever

BrianMartinez
BrianMartinez

Best non-draft pick (better than just about anyone else the Broncos drafted, aside from Shannon Sharpe): Rod Smith.

jdcarson23
jdcarson23

Elway was drafted by Baltimore.  Maybe let ESPN do the sports writing.  Last sports article I read on Westword.

jmdeshazer
jmdeshazer

Also..... No Ted Gregory on this list?  He was a first round pick and didn't even play a down for Denver.

jmdeshazer
jmdeshazer

Uh..... The Broncos didn't draft John Elway.  He was traded from Baltimore, of whom he refused to play for if you recall in 1983.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I will remember this draft for a long time ! There are going to be a SHIT-LOAD of future HOFers' going in the later rounds due to over analyzing . Even more so than normal . Two WR , a lone QB, AND not a single RB taken in Round One !?!

AMAZING !!!

It WILL get much more interesting today and tomorrow !

Mike Urban
Mike Urban

Elway wasn't "picked" by the Broncos, they traded for him - Baltimore picked him. Stick with the weed stories, Westword.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Sylvester and Tweety? Sylvester can take a beating! Sylvester and balls?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Mnizzle   AND,

Fuck the HOF for IGNORING deserving former Broncos !!!

jmdeshazer
jmdeshazer

Karl Mecklenburg was a 12th round pick and ended up being one of the most dominant linebackers of his era.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Mike Urban  

It's now known as 'Micheal Roberts - Presents the WestWord' .......

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