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John Elway stands up for Broncos' 2014 draft class

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Beyond some contributions from defensive back Bradley Roby, the Denver Broncos' 2014 draft class left something to be desired.

Still, Denver's executive vice president and general manager isn't ready to give up on his haul from a year ago.

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"We like that group," John Elway said via ESPN.com. "We have high expectations for all of our young guys, we're going to need them, and this coaching staff is good with young players and embraces the idea of playing young players. ... But last year's draft picks, we picked them because we think they can contribute and be good Denver Broncos, and we still think that."

The rub on the 2014 class mostly focuses around Cody Latimer, a 6-foot-2 wideout out of Indiana who made headlines during training camp but almost never during the regular season.

Latimer finished last year with two catches for 23 yards. He appeared in eight games.

Of course, Elway deserves a bit of a break here. Most GMs will tell you that they need three years for a class to truly be evaluated. Elway might even deserve more time considering the fact that he's built a veteran-heavy roster that is ready to compete for a Super Bowl now.

Latimer barely had any room to get on the field as it was.

However, now that Wes Welker is gone and Demaryius Thomas is skipping workouts, Latimer has more time to make an impression with a new coaching staff.

In two years, developing a corner and dependable wideout with late-in-the-round picks is a major victory.

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