Case Keenum just got another weapon.

The Broncos drafted SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton with the 40th overall pick in the draft, Friday evening. Sutton joins Emmanuel Sanders as an SMU Mustang receiver turned Bronco. He was the third receiver selected, behind Maryland’s D.J. Moore and Alabama’s Calvin Ridley.

At 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, Sutton is a big-bodied receiver. He put up back-to-back 100-yard seasons over his redshirt sophomore and junior years and scored 23 total touchdowns in that timeframe. Sutton needs to improve his route-running, but he should step in as a legitimate red-zone threat immediately.

UTEP guard Will Hernandez, who was chosen by the Giants, was a rumored favorite of Denver’s’ front office. He played for new Broncos offensive Sean Kugler but wasn’t on the board when it was the Broncos’ turn to pick.

Sutton was the Broncos’ second pick in the draft, following outside linebacker Bradley Chubb, the fifth overall pick. The Broncos have six more picks in the draft and the next is the 71st overall selection, the first of two third-rounders.


Henry was born in Columbia Falls, Montana and graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 2015. He earned bachelor's degrees in journalism and economics from the University of Montana in 2019. After graduation, he joined DNVR. He spent three years covering the University of Colorado before moving to the Broncos beat ahead of the 2022 season. Henry joined DNVR as a remote staff writer in 2017, providing support to BSN's Broncos beat reporters. He interned at DNVR headquarters in the summer of 2018 and accepted a full-time position after graduating from UM. Follow Henry on Twitter - @HenryChisholm