Good morning, Broncos Country.
Yes my friends, it is officially draft season! Hopefully those of you who are reading this are as excited as I am about the potential the 2018 NFL Draft can bring to bolster the foundation of the Denver Broncos. With nine picks and the potential for more, the Broncos have the ammunition to do some serious damage in April.
Yesterday afternoon, NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter released a three-round mock draft. While he has seven teams selecting a signal caller within the first three rounds, the Denver Broncos aren’t one of them. That is because he is operating under the assumption that the team will land Kirk Cousins as their franchise quarterback in free agency.
With the team’s biggest need addressed, Reuter has the Broncos using their top five selection on versatile Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. Deployed as a Swiss Army, do-it-all player with the Crimson Tide, Fitzpatrick is one of the draft’s best defenders and is highly thought of by scouts and teams across the league. The addition of Fitzpatrick to the Broncos would bolster their secondary and help offset any potential loss to the No Fly Zone this offseason. With his talent and play-making ability, Fit should make an immediate impact in his rookie season.
Minkah Fitzpatrick was strong in coverage against these routes pic.twitter.com/K7WKNYuqkz— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) February 6, 2018
In the second round, the Broncos acquire underrated Louisiana State University receiver D.J. Chark. After a great week of practice and a fantastic showing at the Senior Bowl, Chark has seen his draft stock rise tremendously. Known for possessing blazing speed and a penchant for the big play, his addition would undoubtedly add a deep threat dimension the Broncos have been missing on offense the past several seasons.
While Chark’s production at LSU was average at best, it’s wise to keep in mind his collegiate program has pumped out a lot of top-tier talent and high draft picks at wide receiver. Some of those names are the likes of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., but you can’t ignore others such as Reuben Randle or Travin Dural. If this scenario were to take place, Broncos Country should hope his career arc parallels the former.
"An NFL team is going to get a guy who's going to compete and be a playmaker no matter where I'm at on the field," LSU's D.J. Chark at Senior Bowl:https://t.co/ILNuCGs4jK— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) January 27, 2018
To end the draft, Reuter has University of Oregon offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby landing in Denver in the third round. Like Chark, Crosby also put together a solid week of Mobile and likely cemented himself as a second day selection come April. Crosby projects best to a right tackle in the NFL where he can use his brute strength and ability to blow defenders off the ball in the run game to his advantage. However, it’s possible he could stick at left tackle too. He posted some of the best pass efficiency numbers out of all prospects according to Pro Football Focus.
Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby had an impressive 2017! pic.twitter.com/Los7uB09Dh— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 27, 2018
Overall, Reuter’s draft is one of the most intriguing I have seen for the Broncos to date. His selections offer the franchise two likely starters (Fitzpatrick and Crosby) and a young receiver who would have the chance to make an impact early due to uncertainty at the position. So Broncos Country, how do you feel about Reuter’s draft? Share your thoughts in the comments section and if you are so inclined — put up your best three-round mock.
As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.
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