Following a very eventful start to the Denver Broncos offseason in which the franchise made a historical trade to acquire Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the team now heads past free agency into the draft without several key picks.
What direction should they head in with those draft picks? Let’s take a look.
Second Round (64th overall) – Target ILB
The Broncos brought back LB Josey Jewell on a cheap deal. Jewell is a fine player don’t get me wrong, but Denver will have to find an upgrade at some point. He’s been fairly mediocre in the NFL.
Baron Browning made strides and showed potential in his rookie year. However, I don’t think he’s ready to hold down the entire defense in the middle of the field.
Adding a guy like freak athlete linebacker Leo Chenal out of Wisconsin or a local guy like linebacker Chad Muma out of Wyoming would be my move with this pick.
Third Round (75th overall) – Target CB
Despite cornerback Patrick Surtain’s breakout year as a rookie, the Broncos should still look to add depth to their cornerback room, particularly a slot corner.
Previous slot corner Bryce Callahan is a free agent, and it remains unclear whether they will bring him back. Current cornerback Ronald Darby is a fine CB2, but past that, it gets a little iffy on defense. The Broncos did recently sign 30-year-old slot corner K’Wuan Williams, though, with his injury history and age, it would make sense to look at CB here.
There are still fine prospects available on Day two. Including, cornerback Mykael Wright out of Oregon, maybe even athletic cornerback Tariq Woolen out of UTSA. Houston cornerback Marcus Jones has been receiving a lot of Twitter buzz as well recently.
In the toughest division in the NFL, it’s becoming ever important to have a strong secondary to slow down the lethal offenses that have been building recently.
Third Round (96th overall) – Target RT
Right tackle has been an issue for years for the Broncos. They need to address it to prevent Russell Wilson from being pummeled by defensive monsters Joey Bosa, Khalil Mack, and Chandler Jones.
Currently, the right tackle will be Calvin Anderson. I’m sure Anderson could be a viable solution. The Broncos will need to do better to reach the deeper parts of the playoffs.
Tackles typically take at least a season or two to develop (i.e Garrett Bolles). Taking a guy with a high ceiling in round three makes a lot of sense. Some names that could be available at this point are Louisiana offensive tackle Max Mitchell and Central Michigan offensive tackle Luke Goedeke.
Fourth Round (115th overall) – Target RB
Running back is easily the most replaceable and overvalued position in the NFL. With Melvin Gordon likely departing, I’d like Denver to target a bigger back to compliment Javonte Williams. The depth at RB is always deep throughout the draft, and several options will be available to the Broncos.
One that particularly stands out to me is Arizona State running back Rachaad White. Standing at 6’2″, White could fill the Gordon gap and take a backseat to Williams to complement a one-two punch.
Fourth Round (116th overall) – Target EDGE
Yes, I know the Broncos just signed Randy Gregory to a massive contract. However, depth is still a bit of an issue, and this edge class is very good. I’d like to see the Broncos take a swing at that position still.
The rest of these picks should be used for depth purposes. Tight end, safety, and maybe even quarterback could be in play here.