Denver Broncos mock draft: Four players to watch for

IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 2: Linebacker Josey Jewell
IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 2: Linebacker Josey Jewell /
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Denver Broncos mock draft: The 2018 NFL Draft class is loaded with talent, but where will the Broncos look for help? Here are five players to watch for…

The Denver Broncos are 3-1 in the early portion of the season, and look like one of the better teams overall in the NFL. With that said, there are always areas that need improvement and we’re looking into the options across the landscape of college football.

Here are five players that have caught our eye so far this season, starting with a star linebacker in the midwest…

Josey Jewell, Linebacker, Iowa

The star linebacker out of Iowa has been one of the most consistently productive off-ball linebackers in the country over the past four years, and he’s proving his versatility and durability yet again this season.

Jewell has 70 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and four passes broken up. He’s the type of player who flies around the field and just makes it look easy. Jewell is so good at reading what an offense is trying to do, diagnosing plays and ruining them before they have a chance to develop.

The Broncos have a couple of players at the linebacker position (Todd Davis, Corey Nelson) due new contracts after this season, and I don’t know that they will be able to keep both around. If that’s the case, a player like Jewell makes a ton of sense. Right now, I could see him being one of the first non-pass rushing linebackers drafted.

Edge players are more highly valued in the draft process, but players like Jewell will go in the second, maybe third round, and play a decade in the NFL. This is the type of player you’ll be able to plug into your starting lineup at the NFL level, and never have to worry that he’s not doing his job.

His game translates to the NFL right away because he doesn’t have to come off the field on third downs. He would be a great fit for the Broncos’ defense.

Draft projection: 2nd round