Denver Broncos four-round mock draft: Reviving the franchise
TRADE: Broncos trade 2nd round pick, 3rd round pick, and future 1st round pick to Seahawks for pick no. 23 overall…
2. First round, 23rd overall: Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
I don’t really care what pick the Broncos have to trade up to, as long as it’s within reason. The price to go up and get a quarterback in the NFL Draft has pretty well been set in recent years, costing no less than a future first round pick.
In this particular scenario, the Broncos would move up from their high 2nd round pick to the mid-late portion of the first round, and get their guy, Baker Mayfield.
To remind us all, in this mock scenario, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen were off the board, and therefore not available to the Broncos. If you’re asking me, Mayfield is worthy of a top 10 selection, but I think enough people are split on him right now based on height, playing in the Big 12, or whatever other stupid reasons that it’s at least possible he goes this low.
If it were just me making the picks, I couldn’t justify him getting out of the top 10 picks.
Perhaps that is still a possibility, but the Broncos have to find a way to come away from this draft class with a franchise quarterback. Yes, they invested two high picks in Paxton Lynch, but you have to admit a mistake when you make one. Lynch isn’t the long-term answer, it appears, and the Broncos need someone to come in and start.
I think Mayfield is going to translate to the NFL game quickly, similar to how Russell Wilson did with the Seahawks. Mayfield has a presence about him on the field, a command of his offense, and an ability to put the football anywhere he wants to, seemingly.
One of the most accurate passers in this year’s draft, Mayfield has gotten better and better over his four years of starting experience, and will continue to do so at the next level.