University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) quarterback Chad Kelly was the last pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Denver Broncos picked him with the 253rd overall pick. The pick is known as Mr. Irrelevant. No one with that nickname has ever gone on to see a lick of success in the NFL.
Chad Kelly: From Mr. Irrelevant to Mr. Relevant
Believe it or not, however, Kelly may be the one to break that curse. The pieces are falling together for him in Denver.
Quarterback Trevor Siemian took over for the Broncos in 2016 after Peyton Manning retired following the team’s win over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Siemian threw for 3,401 yards and 18 touchdowns. While those numbers were impressive, they weren’t impressive enough to take the Broncos back to the playoffs.
Kelly could be the man to lead them back to the postseason. In 2016, he threw for 2,758 yards in just nine games. The NFL equivalent to that would be 4,903 passing yards, which would torch the NFL, even with top quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, Derek Carr and others.
Not only that, but Kelly would have a few talented offensive targets to throw to, as well. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have shown to be great receivers. Denver also has who is considered the top tight end in Jake Butt.
Butt had an amazing final season at Michigan, catching 46 passes for 546 yards and four touchdowns. That performance came with a mediocre quarterback throwing to him. Now, he will have impressive quarterback in Kelly throwing to him. The lone fear is if he isn’t be able to play with his healing ACL, which he tore in the Orange Bowl against Florida State.
Denver opens their season on Monday Night, Sept. 11 against the San Diego Chargers. Should Siemian start that game, how he fares against Joey Bosa and that defense will go a long way in proving who should start for the Broncos.