Additions will be made in NFL Free Agency to bolster rosters, but the Denver Broncos can turn to the NFL Draft to address every area of concern.
Two back-to-back losing seasons and three consecutive years of missing the playoffs is not what John Elway and the Denver Broncos have in mind. Due to the many roller coaster seasons, there will be turnover in 2019 and a look toward the future. There is plenty of uncertainty at numerous positions Denver can fix on paper heading into the NFL Draft in April. One such area is the offensive side of the ball.
Quarterback is in flux, yet again. Joe Flacco is on board to become the necessary teacher for the next generation prospect Denver will select. Either in the first round or beyond, expect them to show strong interest in selecting a quarterback. In my opinion, there are developmental players that can turn into something.
That said, if Denver sees a franchise quarterback in this draft class they need to take him. 2020 very well might have a better class, but for such a critical position, Denver must look hard at the first round quarterbacks.
Arguably the deepest position in this class is the tight end position. Two University of Iowa tight ends are expected to be the top ones taken. There will still be plenty of depth beyond those two guys (Noah Fant, TJ Hockenson).
Tight end has been a revolving door in Denver. Jake Butt is talented, but multiple ACL tears are not something to throw by the wayside.
While tackle can be addressed in free agency, it’s still smart to dabble in the offensive tackle draft market. Which round they will address the OL is unclear, but based on looking toward the future and depth, Denver can add value at the tackle spot. There are plenty of tackles available in this draft class as well.
Knowing head coach Vic Fangio prides himself on the defensive side they will look at many positions to make that unit great again. These additions would be compounded with signings from Free Agency. We do not know exactly the plan Denver has heading into free agency except for team will be aggressive. There’s a chance it translates into the NFL Draft.
Denver is stuck looking to beat Kansas City as well as use them as the model for creating an offense like theirs. One thing is clear Kansas City is the team to beat in the division and it is time to dethrone them.
Let’s take a look at a mock draft scenario to potentially get that done, or at least get the process started.