LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – The Denver Broncos are getting ready for the start of the NFL Draft this Thursday night, and it’s anyone’s guess what the team will do with the 5th overall pick.
One thing’s for sure, however: some of the picks will be made from Casa Bonita.
The Mexican theme restaurant on Colfax Avenue in Lakewood is popular for its cliff divers, sopapillas and Black Bart’s Cave.
“They called us a while ago and said they were debating a few different locations to hold the draft. I guess the NFL told them to pick something unique to their city,” said Casa Bonita Manager Paul Vernig. “I got excited! I love the Broncos! I just really wanted them to choose us.”
The Broncos will announce their fourth and fifth round picks from the restaurant. Denver currently holds two picks in both rounds.
Staff at the Denver-area landmark are now preparing for the big Broncos party.
“It’s a Colorado landmark. It’s one of those things that people know when they come here they have to check out. It’s been here for almost 50 years. We do the same thing every day and it’s a wonderful place,” said Vernig.
Round 4 will start at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The first round starts Thursday night at 6 p.m.
The first round pick will be announced by Austin Denton, a teenage cancer survivor. Austin visited the team in 2016 as a CBS NFL Today correspondent.
Former Broncos Steve Atwater and Ed McCaffrey will announce the team’s second and third round picks.
Watch CBS4 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to see a half hour Broncos Draft Special.