The Denver Broncos have been rumored to look at a quarterback with the fifth pick in the NFL Draft, but don’t tell Chris Harris Jr. that.
Case Keenum signed in the offseason bolstering the Denver Broncos’ quarterback position, but given his one-year or success it begs the question of adding another top quarterback.
Cornerback Chris Harris spoke openly today his Denver Broncos should not draft a quarterback with the fifth overall selection in the draft.
In fact, it is hard to blame the response.
In past seasons, quarterbacks in Denver failed to live up to billings after Peyton Manning retired.
However, John Elway has created a standard of winning Super Bowls on a regular basis (Manning to a certain degree also did).
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For the team to add for immediate production and impact in 2018, the franchise might be best suited at looking at non-quarterbacks with their pick.
For the record, there are non-quarterbacks worthy to be picked from this year in the first round. The Broncos’ offensive line has been like Swiss Cheese for three years and drafting Quenton Nelson, Isaiah Wynn or Will Hernandez gives more strength to that depth at guard.
Linebacker is another key position the team is keen on targeting early.
With Harris’ comments, defense would be a great pick along with the offensive line. This in turn opens the possibility of trading down in the NFL Draft and accumulating draft capital.
Another couple of positions they can target at the fifth pick are running back or edge rusher. Both Saquon Barkley and Bradley Chubb are targets for the Denver Broncos, but questions remain if they will be available.
It would be difficult for Elway to pass on either Barkley and Chubb knowing the impact both can make immediately.
While I’ve been a proponent of drafting a franchise quarterback at five, you can’t fault the Denver Broncos for upgrading a bigger weakness. Chris Harris’ comments open the door for a non-quarterback at five.