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Photos: Ten worst first-round draft picks in Broncos history

This year's NFL draft takes place on Thursday, with the Broncos selecting in the 31st slot -- a tough place to find an impact athlete.

We hope John Elway and company beat the odds -- or at least make a better choice than the ones on the following list. Here's our top-ten roster of the ten worst first-round draft picks in Broncos history. Count them down below.

Number 10: Tommy Maddox Quarterback: UCLA

Number 25 overall pick in 1992

Maddox had some good years at QB in Pittsburgh, long after his Broncos days. But in Denver, he was mainly drafted because then-coach Dan Reeves was disenchanted with John Elway and seldom rose from the pine.

Number 9: Ashley Lelie Wide receiver: Hawaii

Number 19 overall pick in 2002

Lelie never became the big-time receiver the Broncos envisioned, and he was a grumbler, leading to his 2006 trade. Two years later, he was out of the league.

Continue to keep counting down our choices for the ten worst first-round draft picks in Broncos history.
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