With 10 overall picks, Denver now knows exactly where those draft selections are slated.
Good morning, Broncos Country!
Things are starting to get interesting as teams are announcing “unofficial” trade deals days before free agency is set to open next week and two months before the NFL Draft begins.
And the anticipation of what Broncos might do in free agency makes its position in the upcoming NFL Draft even more intriguing.
Which makes the 10 overall draft picks for the Broncos enticing when it comes to speculating on all the possibilities.
And thanks to a coin flip last week between the 49ers and Raiders in which the 49ers won, we now know exactly where the Broncos are slated to draft - at least until Draft Day!
The Broncos acquired the 109th-overall pick from San Francisco based on their 2017 draft-day trade that sent RB Kapri Bibbs to the Niners. They also have one compensatory pick and a fifth-round pick for dealing Ty Sambrailo to Atlanta.
Although we have too frequently over-analyzed the implications of free agency on the Broncos’ draft picks, let’s do it a little longer. After all, we still have a few days of incessant speculation!
If the Broncos’ somehow miraculously find enough money to lure Kirk Cousins to Denver (or Von makes a personal visit to D.C.), then the first-round draft pick at No. 5 will definitely not go to a quarterback.
The Broncos could go with Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, who some draftnicks have named as the best overall pick in the entire 2018 draft.
Perhaps they go for a game-changer like Saquon Barkley, but it appears all too likely the Browns or Giants will nab him immediately.
Or maybe the Broncos trade down for more picks later in the first or early in the second round to maximize that No. 5 spot?
If the Broncos get a starting QB in free agency, it opens up their options in the first round of the draft. One player they'll surely be eyeing at CU's pro day this afternoon is projected 1st-round CB Isaiah Oliver. Has a ridiculous 80 5/8-inch wingspan ... pic.twitter.com/qksb0j38qi— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) March 7, 2018
With a deep class of running backs and corners, Broncos could look at nabbing some top-tier talent in those positions or seek to fortify the offensive line and possibly even add another edge rusher. Some possibilities (thanks, Scotty!) include:
CB: Isaiah Oliver, Jaire Alexander, Mike Hughes, Carlton Davis
OL: Mike McGlinchey (T); Will Hernandez (G)
EDGE: Marcus Davenport
RB: Derrius Guice, Ronald Jones
Of course, if the Broncos don’t land Cousins - and it is trending more and more in the Vikings’ favor for the former Redskins’ QB - then the Broncos have an important choice to make.
Do they aim for a second-tier free-agent quarterback and likely stay at No. 5 (or even trade up) to get a “best player available,” or do they gamble on a game-changing rookie QB with the fifth overall pick...which it appears would most likely be Baker Mayfield or possibly Josh Allen, with an outside chance of Josh Rosen.
I’ve made my opinion known already, but with any scenario, it’s shaping up to be a fun draft with a lot of high-stakes picks for John Elway come April.
For the record, I am 100 percent against a "bridge" scenario with a mediocre free-agent QB.— Doctor of Words (and tights) (@docllv) March 6, 2018
So if the #Broncos sign a Keenum/McCarron/Bridgewater-type quarterback and IT WORKS OUT, I promise to streak across the Mile High field during a snowy December game. pic.twitter.com/2cvBSciXwQ
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