The Denver Broncos’ NFL Draft history is a bit like their playing history; some historic ups and devastating downs.
Along the way, the first professional football team to call the Rocky Mountain Region home has landed some truly talented players, and our Chris Schmaedeke profiled the team’s Top 5 Draft day steals today.
They’ve also been very unlucky at times.
In fact, while looking over the Broncos draft history, there are multiple players — Vince Kinney, Al Marshall and Lew Porter — who recorded exactly one reception in the NFL. Many more never had that many.
But the worst receiver the Broncos ever drafted was Marcus Nash, for a few reasons. First and foremost, Mike Shanahan took him in the first round, No. 30 overall in 1998. What did Nash do to replay Shanny? Play in all of 11 games, catching four passes for a scant 76 yards.
Nash moved onto the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens, catching no passes and was out of the NFL in 2000.
Then he took his talents to the Arena Football League, starting in 2003 with the Detroit Fury, then enjoyed some stellar seasons with the Las Vegas Gladiators and Dallas Desperadoes. In 2004, Nash was the AFL’s Offensive Player of the Year, with 1,771 receiving yards and 46 touchdowns. His career came to a close in 2007 following a neck injury.
Two interesting notes about Nash: He played with Peyton Manning at Tennessee and won two Super Bowls with the Broncos (XXXIII) and Ravens (XXXV).
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