Courtland Sutton Drafted by Broncos, Joins SMU Alum Emmanuel Sanders

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The Denver Broncos once again dipped into the Pac 12 for a running back, this time selecting Oregon Ducks star Royce Freeman with the 71st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Denver Broncos traded their second fifth-round pick (No. 160 overall) in the National Football League draft to the Los Angeles Rams for two sixth-round selections (No. 183 and No. 217 overall) later Saturday.

Freeman finished his illustrious four-year career as one of just six players in college football history to rank in the top 10 all-time in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

At that point, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Broncos were prepared to swap the number-five pick with Buffalo for the Bills' two first-round slots, at twelve and 22 respectively.

Freeman was the third-round choice of the Broncos, bringing a no-nonsense, physical style to their backfield. "We also think he's very raw and has lots of upside".

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"You make sure that you do all you can do to take care of yourself", Freeman said.

The versatile Sutton prides himself on garnering attention no matter where he lines up, but he's admittedly still a work in progress and eager for mentoring by Thomas and Sanders.

"His bend, the way he wastes no movement coming off the ball", Chubb said, "that's something that I tried to implement". "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". All of this could see Sutton land in Dallas if he is still available when the Cowboys are on the clock on Friday night.

"The thing is, like I said yesterday, our scouts have done a tremendous job", Elway said. We're excited about him.

The prolific edge rusher from North Carolina State is a high-motor pass rusher with a rare mix of speed, strength and savvy that helps him beat double teams to get to the quarterback or stuff the running back. "If I am going to do something, I am going to do it at 100 percent"'. "When they were coaching me, I took every single tip they gave me and ran off with it. If that comes with Rookie of the Year, that's perfectly fine with me as long as we win games".

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