2016 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos mock draft ver. 2.0: Will the Broncos be taking a quarterback early? How can they improve the best defense in the league?
What will the Denver Broncos do in the draft? I really have no idea. I’m toying around with options as we sit here two weeks out from the draft, and it’s hard to imagine there aren’t a hundred different scenarios and trades that could play out for this team.
I’m doing this mock draft under the assumption that the Colin Kaepernick trade has not been made, even though I think it probably will. The last time around, I had the Broncos taking Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche with their first pick, and he’s still a top target from my perspective.
But what if the Broncos decide to go with an offensive player for the first time in the John Elway tenure…?
1. (31st overall) Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
Just at the beginning of January, I was talking about how I would cease my Denver Broncos fandom if Connor Cook became quarterback of the team. I will need to rescind those comments, because nothing can take me from my Broncos.
And I’m slowly starting to…dare I say this…like Connor Cook.
I know, I just vomited some as well. I’ll be right back…
In all honesty, Cook probably isn’t as bad as I had originally diagnosed. I was underwhelmed by a few games, but his whole body of work speaks volumes. Cook was the quarterback of one of the best teams in the Big Ten for a long period of time, and he won a lot of games with that team around him.
Not to mention, some good coaching. Cook might not be the guy his teammates voted captain, but I don’t think there are Johnny Manziel character traits there by any means. He seems to love the game of football, and he is a great competitor. I wrote on Saturday night about how taking a QB in the 1st round benefits the Broncos because they’ll have a cost effective player at the position for at least five years.
I’m not saying taking a QB in the first is a requirement by any means, but if the Broncos are thinking about saving money somewhere, they have a rare opportunity to do it with their QB spot, and Cook could be a long-term starter in this league.
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