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Denver Broncos 2023 NFL Draft picks, analysis and prospect spotlight

OU's Marvin Mims (17) scores a touchdown during last season's win against Texas in Dallas. mims

The 2023 NFL Draft is officially in the books. After a flurry of selections from Thursday to Saturday, 259 players were selected to join the NFL.

With that, we give you our full recap of the Denver Broncos draft, with analysis on every selection the team made during the weekend and an in-depth look at their top pick.

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2023 NFL Draft Picks

R2 (63): WR Marvin Mims, Oklahoma
R3 (67): LB Drew Sanders
R3 (83): CB Riley Moss, Iowa
R6 (183): S JL Skinner, Boise State
R7 (257): C Alex Forsyth, Oregon

Day 2: An analytics darling, Mims averaged 19.5 yards per catch over the course of his career in college. Despite not being the biggest player, he still managed to win 54.5% of the contested targets he saw. He tracks the ball in the air really well, averaged 2.75 yards per route run and was fifth in the nation with 602 yards on throws 20-plus yards downfield.

Sanders was the consensus No. 37 overall player and can play all over. He has the ability to drop in coverage and come forward as a pass-rusher, as evidenced by his 75.0-plus pass-rush and coverage grades. The Broncos will deploy him everywhere, with a likely primary role as the strongside linebacker, and their strong defense just got even better in the front seven.

Moss brings plenty of experience, playing more than 2,500 career defensive snaps at Iowa, much of which came in zone coverage. He’s an above-average athlete who earned coverage grades above 81.0 in each of the past two seasons for the Hawkeyes, joining Patrick Surtain IIDamarri Mathis and K’Waun Williams in the Broncos’ secondary.

Day 3: At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Skinner could be a safety/linebacker hybrid at the next level, with 58 defensive stops over the last two seasons. Skinner earned an 83.3 coverage grade in 2022 but belongs closer to the line of scrimmage to get the most out of his skill set.


Prospect Spotlight: WR MARVIN MIMS, OKLAHOMA

Mims is on the smaller side for the position but is the type of athlete who can make up for it. He went for more than 1,000 yards last season and averaged 19.5 yards per catch for his career.

Strengths, weaknesses and NFL role

Where he wins: Ball tracking

Mims hasn't hauled in 34 deep passes on 66 targets (51.5%) in his career because he got lucky. No, Mims has the unique ability to adjust to the perfect spot while the ball is in the air.

What's his role? Vertical slot

Mims isn't likely to survive on the outside unless he adds considerable play strength to his game. While he's not a perfect candidate for the slot, he can still thrive there in a vertical offense. His talent is wasted if he's not attacking down the field.

What he can improve: Muscle mass

Mims was a bit of a surprise to declare considering how obvious his play strength issues are on tape. He's not too dissimilar to a player like Zay Jones, who spent some serious time in the weight room prior to his senior season and bumped his draft stock up considerably. We could be saying similar things about Mims if he puts in that work at the NFL level.

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