Freeman gives the Broncos much-needed depth at running back heading into the season.
The Broncos went back to defense with their second third-round selection, choosing Boston College cornerback Isaac Yiadom, who broke up 17 passes in the last two seasons.
With No. 1 receiver Demaryius Thomas turning 30 last Christmas, No. 2 receiver Emmanuel Sanders playing this season at 31, Jordan Taylor coming off hip surgery, and Carlos Henderson (0) and Isaiah McKenzie (4) combining for 4 catches past year, the Broncos desperately needed a young, No. 3 receiver.
Royce Freeman, the Pac-12's second all-time leading rusher, had "no idea" he would end up in Denver.
"We did, " Elway said.
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All four of his picks so far - North Carolina State pass rusher Bradley Chubb, SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton (who redshirted as a freshman), OR running back Royce Freeman and Boston College cornerback Isaac Yiadom - spent four years in college. "We talked a little bit about moving up and couldn't get anything done and so we were patient with him and it worked out".
"With Freeman, he is a big back with speed, so when you're down in the red zone running the football, he's definitely a nice option", Joseph said.
"I want to be the one to deliver that blow", Freeman said of his bruising style. Sanders also played collegiately at SMU and has spoken occasionally to Sutton about how to reach the NFL from a a smaller college football program.
"I am a guy who is going to come to the field and demand respect wherever I am on the field - whether it is in the slot, whether it is on the outside, on the right or the left", Sutton said during a conference call. "They played me at safety but Coach Jones saw that I had the ball skills and they needed some grit on that other side of the ball". Sutton is coming off a strong 2017 campaign where he made 68 catches for 1,085 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
"I am going to do it above and beyond with what is inside of me".