Photos: Ten worst first-round draft picks in Broncos history

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This year's NFL draft takes place on Thursday, with the Broncos selecting in the 31st slot -- a tough place to find an impact athlete.

We hope John Elway and company beat the odds -- or at least make a better choice than the ones on the following list. Here's our top-ten roster of the ten worst first-round draft picks in Broncos history. Count them down below.

Number 10: Tommy Maddox

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Quarterback: UCLA

Number 25 overall pick in 1992

Maddox had some good years at QB in Pittsburgh, long after his Broncos days. But in Denver, he was mainly drafted because then-coach Dan Reeves was disenchanted with John Elway and seldom rose from the pine.

Number 9: Ashley Lelie

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Wide receiver: Hawaii

Number 19 overall pick in 2002

Lelie never became the big-time receiver the Broncos envisioned, and he was a grumbler, leading to his 2006 trade. Two years later, he was out of the league.

Continue to keep counting down our choices for the ten worst first-round draft picks in Broncos history.


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Kyle Gregory
Kyle Gregory

Do bad first round picks lead you to a playoff game win???

Dustin Roger Mikkelsen
Dustin Roger Mikkelsen

Kevin Richards, you enjoyed his 45% completion, or how about his 2 completions against KC? His 7 completions against Jacksonville...? How about his 16 fumbles, in a single season...? As a quarterback...? How about his 9 completions against the Jets, or his 9 completions against the Patriots...? How about leading the league in being sacked....he's pathetic, a disgrace to the NFL. You can have him, I'll take any other quarterback, in the history of three NFL...I'll take Tim Couch...

Kevin Richards
Kevin Richards

So Tebow, who actually did something for us, is worse than guys like Nash and Lelie? Anyone who is saying that is a straight up hater and should root for the Pats or something, cuz you don't know the Broncos at all! This is from someone who was never a Tebow fan, but completely enjoyed that fun season AFTER he took over for Orton.

Rick Hyde
Rick Hyde

Hands down the worst, and for a myriad of reasons. Take your pick

Wendy Dennie
Wendy Dennie

Teblow wins the most over rated. He's good at that, at least

Jeremy Montoya
Jeremy Montoya

Actually the broncos should be on the list for worst Super Bowl appearances!! Tebow was never really given a chance to prove his worth, so he shouldn't have even been considered the all-time worst first-round draft pick. The fault should go to the broncos period for that mistake. And I'm not even a Tebow fan. Josh McDaniels would be my choice.

Dian Feral
Dian Feral

Stop picking on Tebow! It was the people who insisted he be put in the spotlight before he was ready. Is he had been given the time to grow he probably would have fulfilled his potential.

Dominic Lopez
Dominic Lopez

no because we did make it to the playoffs with him

Bill Espinoza
Bill Espinoza

Which NFL team does he play for?? Definitely one of the worst draft picks ever. If they wanted him that bad they could've picked him up as an undrafted free agent. Thanks Mcdumbass . Why are we still writing about this guy??? HE'S NOT COMING BACK. THANK YOU BABY JESUS

Gabriel Sandoval
Gabriel Sandoval

Tebow should of never played in the NFL period -by the way Ashley Lelie played in the NFL for 4-5 years at a high level

Lenny Sunday Archuleta
Lenny Sunday Archuleta

tebow still better than manning and smelway ... and tebow is a great QB not a rugby player nor a halfback .. its a conspiracy against him and all you sheeple follow these idiots that feed your brain with nonsense ... that tim sucks yeah yeah yeah nonsense dude holds playoff passing records

Norman Dillon
Norman Dillon

yes, he is a douche bag. He put his faith in a myth and not his teammates.

J.L. Benet
J.L. Benet

Actually, Tebow would make a good rugby player, if his ego would allow him to share the spotlight (as he wouldn't be a flyhalf or scrumhalf, the positions most closely resembling the quarterback of gridiron football).

Joe Garza
Joe Garza

Not sure how good a TE he would be. Most the really good ones these days have basketball player height and WR speed. Not saying he could not because the kid was a had worker. Either way agree he should have tried.

J.L. Benet
J.L. Benet

If he switches to tight end, you may be correct about him helping to win a Superbowl. If not, he will never play in the NFL again. He might be good in the arena league, or even in the CFL if there's a team that will reorganize their entire offense around him.

Daniel G. Vigil Jr.
Daniel G. Vigil Jr.

"He" didn't play on the number 3 ranked defense, so he shouldn't be given all the credit.

J.L. Benet
J.L. Benet

Unlike Manning, who is also an openly devout Christian. Pull the other one, it has bells upon.

J.L. Benet
J.L. Benet

His accuracy isn't up to par, he can't quickly learn a new system, he spends too much time in the pocket, he can't adequately and quickly read an NFL defense, he wouldn't change positions (even if that meant he would have been one of the best tight ends to play in the NFL).

Ben Beeby
Ben Beeby

Tommy Maddox, Marcus Nash, Dan Williams, Javis Moss. Tebow started half a season and won a playoff game. These other people on here barely played and are true FLOPS. Wille Middlebrooks, Ashleigh LeLee,..Vonn Miller if he gets caught one more time...

J.L. Benet
J.L. Benet

He could have been an All-Pro tight end, if his ego would allow him to play that position.

Mike Duran
Mike Duran

Sweet jesus...are there people THAT deluded that they really believe in their blessed heart of hearts that the Broncos will resign him? Tebow was a mistake from the beginning. THE. WORST. DRAFT. PICK. EVER. Even worse than Shanahan picking up Maurice Clarett. Fuck Josh McDaniels, and fuck Tim Tebow.

Gary Allen Krout
Gary Allen Krout

Tebow shouldn't be on the list. But Alphonso Smith and Ted Gregory should be.

Linda Mendiola
Linda Mendiola

Leave the poor guy alone.... Every move he made was criticized .. u live under that stress... but why all the media hype...cause he was an openly devout Christian. .. honestly...This guy was persecuted because he was not the normal football player..

Rodney Valdez
Rodney Valdez

Hell of an athlete, hell of a man. Took us on a fun, unsustainable ride. Terrible NFL quarterback, terrible first round draft pick.

Steve Antonio
Steve Antonio

T BO was THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE BRONCOS!

Dustin Roger Mikkelsen
Dustin Roger Mikkelsen

Tebow by far, he was statistically the worst quarterback in the NFL from the moment he stepped under center. He didn't win those games without our #3 ranked defense. Not to mention he said he didn't care about playing football, all he cared about was spreading his beliefs...well then give the Broncos their money back douche bag

Ffej Knar
Ffej Knar

he will play for a euro team then back to Broncos!

Brandon Malone
Brandon Malone

Tebow win a Superbowl? Yeah right! Wasn't he under 50% for completions?

Scott Hays
Scott Hays

You never know they are the worse draft picks until after the fact.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

How you can say anyone who leads you to a playoff victory of any kind is a bust is beyond me. Sure, he's not in the league anymore, so he's not that good, but he did win a playoff game for the Broncos, and a lot of QB's never get that far.

Mark Antonation
Mark Antonation

You do realize we're talking about American football here, right? The sport where Elway and Manning have both captained multiple trips to Super Bowls and have a few rings between them for their efforts? Just checking, in case you were thinking of another sport.

Roni Davis
Roni Davis

He brought life back to the Broncos team and to Denver. I didn't care for his skills, but no way he belongs on that list.

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

Biggest. First Round Bust. EVER!

Nicholas Hartney
Nicholas Hartney

Tebow was great TV. But 1st round yeah you'd have to put him up there.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

His fans did him dirty. If there was no circus surrounding him then he would probably still be playing. Regardless of mechanics, he got screwed more by the media and his fans than by his own ability. No coach or owner wants a bunch of fans telling him who should start. Wasn't the worst ever by a long shot but in the NFL front office view he was...

Ffej Knar
Ffej Knar

He will win the Superbowl one day.. hopefully again with the Broncos

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