Saturday, April 24, 2010

Broncos' Eric Decker could surprise this season

With their 87th overall pick in the draft, in the 3rd round, the Broncos selected Eric Decker, of Minnesota. Coming into the draft, he was a top-5 prospect, but his Senior injury dropped him on boards.

The Broncos may have found a steal in getting him in the 3rd round. He is a good sized guy, 6-3, 220 pounds. says he is one of the most NFL ready receivers in this draft class. Although he isn't flashy like Dez Bryant, he is very polished. He is also very versatile, rushing 15 times for over 100 yards and a score, while passing for 49 yards and two scores. His receiving stats are solid, 227 catches for 3119 yards and 24 TD's. Decker is also one of the better run blocking receivers in all of college football. He runs very clean routes, and while he's not DeSean Jackson, he's fast for his big size. He was projected to go in the 2nd round.

The Broncos picked him up in the third - great value, and that's what coaches look for in a draft. In 2008, the Broncos drafted Eddie Royal out of VT, with all the vets on Denver's roster he was pretty low on the depth chart. When training camp came around, he 'Wow'd" the coaches, he so impressed them he started in the season opener against the Raiders. The 23-year old Decker has the potential to do the same this year for the Broncos.

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