Unless the Denver Broncos make a trade between now and the end of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, they will be on the clock for their second pick at number 40 overall.
With multiple needs left on the roster there should be many options left on the board for Denver.
Two players they should target are Anthony Miller and Fred Warner.
Anthony Miller – WR – Memphis
The wide receiver depth chart for the Broncos is lacking depth. After a top two of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, the Broncos have a lot of unproven players. While the Broncos need a third wide receiver to pair with Thomas and Sanders, they also need to look at the long-term future of the position.
One option is already on the roster in Carlos Henderson, a 2017 draft pick. Another option is drafting a player like Anthony Miller out of Memphis.
Miller has the build of a prototype slot receiver but the skills to also play on the outside of a formation. With excellent deep speed, quick feet off the line to beat press coverage and already polished route running, Miller should be able to make an impact in year one.
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The icing on the cake would be if Miller and Henderson both develop into starting caliber receivers. If that happens, the Broncos have a young pair of receivers to replace Thomas and/or Sanders as they get older.
Fred Warner – LB – BYU
Despite retaining both starting linebackers this offseason, the Broncos lost Corey Nelson. Nelson was a key contributor on special teams and possibly Denver’s best coverage linebacker.
Fred Warner would step into the role that Nelson left behind right away. Down the line, Warner would be counted on to develop into a starting linebacker for Denver.
Warner’s athletic ability and experience in covering the slot are tools that would benefit the Broncos in year one. Warner also showed promise when diagnosing plays and reacting to the ball with excellent burst.
By drafting either of these promising young players, the Broncos will both fill holes on their roster and set themselves up nicely for the future.