Broncos second round pick Eddie Royal
Eddie Royal is the second round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2008 NFL Draft. He is a wide reciever from Virginia Tech, who will probably play in the slot for the Broncos, behind Brandon Stokley and learning from him throughtout the season.
Royal is 5-10 and 180 lbs, a good size for a slot receiever, and had 33 rec in 2007 for the Hokies for 496 yards (15 ypc), with 4 touchdowns, and can also run the ball well, probably as an option.
He is incredibly quick, elusive, and good at finding holes between coverage in the slot. Royal also has good hands and great body control to get ready for a catch. His most suprising aspect is his strength for his size, a fine tackle breaker, and he is a good run blocker as well. (he benched 390lbs)
Royal will learn the ropes from legendary slot reciever Brandon Stokley
He had a big game against Virginia with 6 catches for 147 yards and a TD, leadinh VT to victory in that game in his senior year derby. Royal will be compared with Texas WR Limas Sweed and California WR DeSean Jackson, leaving Broncos fans with the question: Who is this guy and why did we draft him?
Well, one incredible quality Royal has is punt and kickoff returning, someting Denver needs I believe, as he became the ACC's all time leader in punt return yards. He seems like the perfect player to replace Stokley in the slot, but they may move him on the outside to replace Rod Smith according to some reports, eventhough they are completely different players.
All i have to say is that I never doubt Mike Shanahan with his draft choices. This kid has heart and is right in the head, unlike previous draft choices, and can suprise us like Brandon Marshall has.
Take a look at what he has to offer: