The Denver Broncos will go through the 2019 NFL Draft without any compensatory picks.
Compensatory picks are rewarded to teams that lost some key players during free agency the previous year. The Denver Broncos are not going to have any for April’s draft.
The NFL announced the compensatory picks for each team. The Broncos are not on the list.
Denver lost quarterback Brock Osweiler, wide receiver Cody Latimer, tight end Virgil Green, and linebacker Corey Nelson last offseason. That didn’t prompt the NFL to give the team compensatory picks.
Compensatory picks begin at the end third round through the seventh round.
The Broncos currently hold eight picks for the 2019 NFL Draft. The team has plenty of options, depending on how the picks ahead of them shake up.
The team could choose to draft a quarterback, although the addition of Joe Flacco makes that position less of a need early in the draft. They could also go linebacker (LSU’s Devin White), cornerback (LSU’s Greedy Williams, or some other position of need.
In recent years, the Broncos have used compensatory picks on cornerback Brendan Langley, quarterback Chad Kelly, safety Justin Simmons, running back Devontae Booker, safety Will Parks, guard Max Garcia, quarterback Trevor Siemian, cornerback Taurean Nixon, and safety Josh Furman.
Some of those picks were a hit (Parks and Simmons), while others are not so successful. Kelly would have likely been considered a successful compensatory pick if it weren’t for poor off-field decision making.
It is anybody’s guess as to what the team is going to do with the selections they have. Hopefully, they are able to follow a fantastic 2018 draft with an even better 2019 draft.
With a new regime, things are going to be different. It will be very interesting to see what directions the team goes in the draft, with a new head coach, whose main focus is on defense.
The 2019 NFL draft takes places Thursday, April 25th and ends Saturday, April 27th.