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

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Third Worst Pick of All-Time: Maurice Clarett
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Maurice Clarett.
True, the Broncos only used a third-round choice to secure Clarett's services in 2005. But any pick for Clarett was foolish, since he was clearly damaged goods -- a great college player already on the road to destruction. He wound up being cut during training camp, clearing the way for a series of off-the-field arrests and embarrassments epitomized by the mug shot seen here.

Third Best Pick of All-Time: Shannon Sharpe

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Shannon Sharpe.
Sharpe was a seventh-round pick in 1990 -- a no-expectations slot that he exploded in short order. He was instrumental in revolutionizing the tight end position, becoming one of John Elway's favorite targets and securing his enshrinement in the NFL Hall of Fame. And like Jackson, his media presence helps keeps the spotlight on Denver throughout the NFL.

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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