Denver Broncos mock draft: Building around Case Keenum

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: NFL player Case Keenum and Kimberly Keenum attend the 2018 DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert at NOMADIC LIVE! at The Armory on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: NFL player Case Keenum and Kimberly Keenum attend the 2018 DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert at NOMADIC LIVE! at The Armory on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV) /
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 02: Notre Dame offensive linemen Mike McGlinchey (L) and Quenton Nelson look on during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 02: Notre Dame offensive linemen Mike McGlinchey (L) and Quenton Nelson look on during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Draft Recap

In this scenario, the Broncos come away with the following haul (remember, there were no trades involved here):

1 – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
2 – Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
3a – Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond
3b – Kemoko Turay, EDGE, Rutgers
4a – Foley Fatukasi, DL, UConn
4b – Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
5a – Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
5b – Trey Quinn, WR, SMU
5c – Darius Phillips, CB/RS, Western Michigan
6 – Joe Ostman, EDGE, Central Michigan

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This is a balanced class offensively and defensively, and addresses the Broncos’ biggest needs. Taking a quarterback at five or later on in the draft is based completely on whether the Broncos view Keenum as a possible solution at the position, or just a glorified bridge player.

The investment they made in Keenum seems to indicate they view him more than just a doormat type of player, more than a placeholder for whatever rookie is drafted, but they shouldn’t feel like they can’t take a quarterback if they love someone from this draft.

My guess is, the top three — maybe four — picks will be quarterbacks. If that’s the case, Denver is in good position to trade down and accumulate picks or they could take the top non-quarterback on their board.

That could be Nelson, and Nelson happens to fill the team’s biggest need with Keenum taking the quarterback spot. The Broncos also get good value in this draft with McGlinchey in the second round, which would solidify their right tackle position. McGlinchey falling to round two would be somewhat similar to Cam Robinson falling to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

We will explore some scenarios where the Broncos take a quarterback, but if they want to build around Keenum, this seems like a decent situation.