Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio says the team has so many positions to address on both sides of the ball, they don’t have to draft for ‘need’.
Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio took the media head-on early Wednesday morning at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine. He was asked right away about what the Broncos’ draft strategy would be this year, specifically whether or not the team would draft at a position of need with the 10th overall selection.
"“Well I think we’ve got enough needs on both sides of the ball that I don’t think we need to be drafting for need or consider that right now. Overall, I think the draft will play itself out with the best player available.”Vic Fangio at the NFL Scouting Combine"
Essentially what Fangio is saying is that the Broncos aren’t going to reach for some player at a position of perceived need on the roster. This is good news for the people who want to read into everything and believe that could have something to do with the quarterback position.
The Broncos have plenty of ‘needs’ on the roster right now as Fangio alludes to. They need a deep threat at wide receiver. They need a tight end. They need at least a couple offensive linemen. They need defensive tackles. They need a cornerback or two. They need a linebacker. They need some competition behind Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.
Some of that is going to be addressed in free agency, obviously, but the Broncos aren’t going to approach this year’s draft with a one-track mind.
Fangio is in his first year as an NFL head coach. This is really the first time he’s going to have such a significant say in the draft and this is a coach who has always been very good in the player development department.
That should excite Broncos fans.
If I’m putting money down on it, my guess is that Fangio wants to add a player with the 10th overall pick at the position he’s spent over 30 years coaching up — linebacker.
That player would very likely be LSU’s Devin White, the consensus top off-ball linebacker in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Broncos could also go with a cornerback, offensive lineman, or quarterback in the first round.
In John Elway’s history with the Broncos, his top selections have either been on the defensive front seven, at cornerback, offensive tackle, or quarterback.
Those are the areas of your team you want to use premium draft selections on, so it’s unlikely we see the Broncos veer from those four position groups with the 10th overall spot.