First round: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Taking a look at the Denver Broncos’ top five roster needs this offseason, there’s no doubt in my mind the quarterback position is atop the list.
Case Keenum is capable of holding down the fort for a bit, but the Broncos need someone they can build the franchise around. As much as we were hoping for it, it doesn’t seem like Keenum is the guy to build the franchise around, but rather a bridge to the next guy.
Drew Lock is a franchise type of player even though he has some flaws that need coaching and correcting. It’s amazing to me how many want to write this kid off just because of a few flaws in his game.
No college prospect is perfect, though Baker Mayfield was darn close.
Last year at this time, it really felt like Mayfield would be within reach for the Broncos at number five overall, but that wasn’t the case at all. Mayfield was the top pick in the NFL Draft, and the New York Jets moved up to the third overall spot before anyone else had the chance to really even think about it.
If the Broncos want to ensure Lock, they should do what they can to move up ahead of other QB needy teams and secure him.
Lock has a strong arm, is very competitive, and is capable of becoming the type of franchise player the Broncos hoped their previous high draft picks at the position could become.