Taking a look at the top five options for the Denver Broncos in the 2019 NFL Draft after the trade to acquire Joe Flacco from Baltimore.
The Denver Broncos have agreed to a trade acquiring quarterback Joe Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the first of their two fourth-round draft picks.
Three weeks ago, I wrote about what a horrible idea acquiring Joe Flacco was. Now, we make lemonade with these lemons.
The acquisition of Joe Flacco has a lot of interesting fallout, but drafting a quarterback in round one shouldn’t be completely eliminated. This does, however, mean the Broncos are under no obligation to reach for a quarterback in the first round or trade up for one.
So what is John Elway going to do now? Will he go after the best defender left on his board like he did last year?
Though the Broncos don’t have many tendencies in the NFL Draft under Elway, one of the clear ones is an emphasis on adding defensive front seven talent in the first two rounds.
With the exception of only the 2014 NFL Draft, John Elway has taken a defensive front seven player with at least one of his top two selections in every draft class.
2011: Von Miller (1st round)
2012: Derek Wolfe (2nd round)
2013: Sylvester Williams (1st round)
2015: Shane Ray (1st round)
2016: Adam Gotsis (2nd round)
2017: DeMarcus Walker (2nd round)
2018: Bradley Chubb (1st round)
This is a very clear and repetitive trend from Elway, so it’s a safe bet it’s going to happen again.
Will he go that direction again in 2018? Now that the Broncos have Joe Flacco, the idea of a non-quarterback in round one seems a lot more likely. Let’s explore the top five non-quarterback options for the Broncos to consider.