Denver Broncos Mock Draft: Staff Writer Aric Manthey provides his first mock draft of the 2016 NFL season. Who will the Broncos take?
With the first wave of Free Agency behind us, much of the focus going forward this off-season will be placed on the NFL Draft. For three days at the end of April, teams will be wheeling, dealing, scrambling and fumbling their way to filling out their 90 man rosters heading into the rest of the off-season.
The strategies that different teams will use revolving around the draft will always vary. Some go for need while others, just pick the best player available. While I understand the merits of both methods, I think that the latter has proven to be the more successful strategy over time. Usually, it’s the good teams that are willing to take the best players on the board and add talent to their roster over filling a hole on their roster, which lesser teams are notorious for doing.
In the case of the Broncos, they may have to do a bit of both to bolster their roster the way they want to
heading into Training Camp. On one hand, the Broncos could very well continue to go BPA with their premium picks in the draft knowing that they have taken big steps in filing some of the holes that were on the roster at the end of the Super 2015 season (O-line, securing CJ anderson long-term, keeping Ware).
They are also fortunate to have a current draft class that is very deep in their positions of need, which is on the Offensive and Defensive lines. They can afford to take top notch talent early and still fill the trench needs with starting caliber players at those positions in the mid and later rounds of the draft.
On the other hand, the most glaring need left on this team is at the most important position, Quarterback. In a league that is starved for great QB play, teams are infamous for over drafting and overvaluing Quarterback prospects for the reason I just mentioned.
Despite having an experienced veteran and promising young prospect on the roster (Sanchez and Siemian, respectively), the Broncos absolutely have to add atleast one, if not two more passers by the time the draft concludes. Fortunately for the Broncos, I think this draft offers plenty of starting caliber options beyond the 1st round that they could get their hands on.
Overall, I like the Broncos situation heading into the draft. With 10 picks and most of their glaring needs filled from the first wave of Free Agency, the Broncos give themselves the flexibility and freedom to do what they want. Let’s take a look at some of the prospects that I think can be future Broncos come late April.