NFL Network NFL Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks Devin White would be a great fit for the Denver Broncos and new head coach Vic Fangio.
The Denver Broncos have a lot of needs ahead of free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft. Luckily, they have some cap space and draft assets to fill those needs.
How big of a need do they have at the linebacker position? There may not be a real sense of ‘urgency’ to upgrade at linebacker, but the Broncos declined Brandon Marshall’s team option and could look to upgrade their speed there in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah thinks they should, and believes LSU’s Devin White to be a strong candidate with the 10th overall pick.
Jeremiah recently released a Big Board and White ranks 9th overall on that particular list. He says that White has the skills NFL teams are looking for at the position with his ability to cover, run, and blitz when asked to do so.
Adding Devin White in round one makes a lot of sense for the Broncos. Though Vic Fangio will not be taking over drafting duties, he will have a much larger role in that area now that he is a head coach, and he’s a noted linebacker expert and has worked with a number of Hall of Fame players through his 30 plus years of coaching.
It’s not that the Broncos have bad linebackers, either. They have Todd Davis and Josey Jewell along with a number of other players, but they don’t have that blue-chip type of player who can do ‘everything’.
To use a baseball analogy, the Broncos could really use a ‘five-tool’ player at linebacker.
If the Broncos were to add a player like White in the first round of the NFL Draft, it would mean they had something lined up through free agency at cornerback, and that they were very comfortable passing on whatever quarterback they covet in this year’s draft.
Perhaps the Broncos are more interested in mid-late round guys this year, but that remains to be seen. Would they pass on an all-around talent at linebacker like White to get one of this year’s QBs?
I’m not so sure. White would be able to come in and play right away for a team that has acquired Joe Flacco and clearly has aspirations of winning more often than not this season.