The Chiefs have won 10 games in a row against the Broncos – and are another Super Bowl favorites. So it’s fair to say that Kansas City plays in a different stratosphere than Denver these days.
But how do the two teams stack up against each other in the recent concept success? Here’s a comparative look at the franchise’s concepts over the past five years, with the Broncos ‘picks coming under General Manager John Elway and the Chiefs’ picks under GM’s John Dorsey (2016-17) and Brett Veach (2018-). present day).
Notable Broncos Picks (out of 8): QB Paxton Lynch 1 (26), DT Adam Gotsis 2 (63), S Justin Simmons 3 (98), RB Devontae Booker 4 (136), C Connor McGovern 5 (144)
Notable Chiefs picks (out of 9): Chris Jones 2 (37), WR Demarcus Robinson 4 (126), WR Tyreek Hill 5 (165)
AnalysisLynch was a huge failure and Gotsis never really established himself in the defense line. McGovern put stability at the center before signing with the Jets in the past off-season, while Booker – who saw his role diminish significantly after his rookie year – saved his best football for his current spell with the Raiders. The Chiefs, meanwhile, got a franchise defensive tackle in Jones, a solid complementary receiving threat in Robinson, and an absolute bargain in game-breaking Hill (who dropped to round five due to character and legal issues).
Notable Broncos Picks (out of 8): LT Garett Bolles 1 (20), DE DeMarcus Walker 2 (51), TE Jake Butt 5 (145)
Notable Chiefs picks (out of 6): QB Patrick Mahomes 1 (10), DE Tanoh Kpassagnon 2 (59), RB Kareem Hunt 3 (86)
AnalysisKansas City was originally going to pick at No. 27 overall, but Dorsey traded to get the Bills’ pick at No. 10, and the Chiefs and Broncos have been sailing in opposite directions ever since. Mahomes once-in-a-lifetime value and talent aside, Hunt led the league by rushing as a rookie (and now plays for Cleveland). Bolles has emerged as a stabilizer on the line after several inconsistent seasons, while Walker is a work-in-progress on the D-line and Butt’s only played eight games in his career due to injury.
Notable Broncos Picks (out of 10): LB Bradley Chubb 1 (5), WR Courtland Sutton 2 (40), RB Royce Freeman 3 (71), CB Isaac Yiadom 3 (99), ILB Josey Jewell 4 (106), WR DaeSean Hamilton 4 (113), TE Troy Fumagalli 5 (156)
Notable Chiefs picks (out of 6): DE Breeland Speaks 2 (46), DT Derrick Nnadi 3 (75), OLB Dorian O’Daniel 3 (100)
AnalysisChubb set the Broncos rookie record for sacks, and despite a knee injury that derailed his sophomore year, he’s still capable of being one of the NFL’s top pass-rushers on any given Sunday. Sutton, who is out year-round with a knee injury, is clearly a franchise. Freeman has been a reliable backup and Jewell reclaimed his runway this year. Yiadom (traded to Giants), Hamilton, and Fumagalli didn’t do much, but the Chiefs’ class was almost a total failure. Speaks (Veach’s first pick as GM) didn’t play at all in 2019, in part due to suspension, and was disbanded in September. Nnadi is KC’s nose tackle, but O’Daniel is primarily a special team player who has started one game in three years.
Notable Broncos Picks (out of 6): TE Noah Fant 1 (20), LG Dalton Risner 2 (41), QB Drew Lock 2 (42), DE Dre’Mont Jones 3 (71)
Notable Chiefs picks (out of 6): WR Mecole Hardman 2 (56), S Juan Thornhill 2 (63), CB Rashad Fenton 6 (201), OL Nick Allegretti 7 (216)
AnalysisWhile Lock has shown flashes of potential, as well as maddening bouts of inconsistency, the fact remains that the Broncos have pulled three starters out of this class – four if you count Jones’ mid-season rise. Fant has the potential to one day fall into the same category as Travis Kelce, and Risner could keep one of the guard spots for years to come. Kansas City also had a solid haul, with Hardman emerging as a Pro Bowl returner (and another weapon for Mahomes), while Thornhill and Fenton are reliable backups in the secondary and Allegretti was the starter this season due to injuries along the Chiefs’ front.
Notable Broncos Picks (out of 10): Jerry Jeudy 1 (19), KJ Hamler 2 (46), CB Michael Ojemudia 3 (77), C Lloyd Cushenberry III 3 (83), TE Albert Okwuegbunam 4 (118)
Notable Chiefs picks (out of 6): RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire 1 (32), LB Willie Gay Jr. 2 (63), S L’Jarius Sneed 4 (138)
Analysis: Denver had a lot more crop in stock for this design, and that coupled with the Chiefs who won the Super Bowl set up the Broncos to get ahead in this design. While Edwards-Helaire has added another dimension to an explosive crime, Gay is still carving out a role and Sneed has emerged as the Chiefs’ nickel after a stint on injured reserve. For Denver, Jeudy and Hamler are clear talents that have already strengthened the team, while Ojemudia is going through a baptism of fire and seems to have the makeup of a fledgling NFL corner. In addition, Cushenberry played every strike in the middle and Okwuegbunam showed promise before going down with a knee injury that ended the season.
– Kyle Newman, The Denver Post
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