The Denver Broncos dipped into the Indiana Hoosiers talent pool in the 2014 NFL Draft when they selected wide receiver Cody Latimer in the 2nd round — could they look to that school to fill some needs again in 2016?
The Broncos have a couple of pretty obvious needs heading into the 2016 NFL Draft even at this point, the primary being along the offensive line and depending on what happens with Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler — at quarterback.
And to expound on that a bit, Indiana’s quarterback is Nate Sudfeld, and he’s a pretty darn good player. He’s not always been consistent, and has had injury problems, but he’s one of the most talented players at the position in the country right now in all of college football, and has skills that will draw the attention of a team like the Broncos, which could be in need of at least another developmental body there.
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Sudfeld has made great plays all season long, but like I said, the consistency hasn’t always been there. This isn’t the only critical measuring stick, but his completion percentage was under 60 percent going into Saturday’s huge game against Maryland, which likely drove that number up a couple points.
He’s proven to NFL scouts that he has tools to be a possible developmental starter at the next level, and with his size (6-6, 240) he will certainly draw a crowd at his Pro Day this offseaosn.
His success has been driven by the solid play of Indiana’s offensive line and offensive tackle Jason Spriggs, a player who is considered a top 40-50 prospect by most draft pundits. Spriggs would be a welcome addition to the Broncos, who obviously have some depth issues up front, though injuries have played a key role there.
These are two players that will require some more study, but obviously they would fill two primary areas of need for the Broncos and should draw the interest of the scouting department and front office in Denver this offseason.