Originally Posted by Drunken.Broncoholic
As far as coaches making personnel decisions, I'm not a big fan of it. Coaches tend to make decisions that benefit them in the shorter term to keep their jobs safe, where as a GM looks years beyond
I'm glad JDR was pushing for Wolfe last year, otherwise the Broncos wouldn't have made that pick.
I would be excited with a potential Carradine pick too.
In fact, I would be more comfortable knowing that Elway/Fox/JDR/Russell are making the Defensive 1st round pick, than if it was strictly on Elway and Matt Russell. There's a ton of Defensive knowledge on the Broncos staff now, and picking by committee is the best way to come out with the best players...sure beats Shanahan as GM.
In the later rounds, I trust Matt Russell and the scouts to unearth the talent, and present it to everybody else. Trevathan, Beal, Blake, and Bolden were all great picks on paper. The Chris Harris pick-up was phenomenal. They know what they're doing (by picking productive football players) in the later rounds.