Other Draft Thoughts
Ed Oliver, please
If the Broncos go with a non-QB in the first-round, we know how much John Elway loves defenisve front seven players.
If both Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins go in the top nine picks, it would not surprise me to see one of Ed Oliver or Quinnen Williams fall to the 10th overall pick. If that is the case, the Broncos would probably love to add one.
My preference would be Oliver. I think Oliver has the chance to be a dominant force in the NFL and I can’t — for the life of me — figure out why people are saying he’s going to fall outside of the top 10 picks.
Interior offensive line
This year’s interior offensive line class is strong. Strong enough that I think the Broncos could get a day one starter in either the first, second, or third round.
Because of that, I think we’ll see them wait until at least the second round to take one. Dalton Risner wants to be a Bronco more than probably any guy in this year’s draft, so I would love to see the Broncos add him as their new right guard. He played right tackle in college, but he could move to guard in the NFL and prosper next to Ja’Wuan James.
I don’t think the Broncos need to rush to draft a safety, but if they take one in the top three rounds, I hope it’s Iowa’s Amani Hooker.
Hooker has the skillset to be a matchup safety, traditional strong safety, slot player, or whatever a defensive coordinator would want him to be. If the Broncos decide to move forward with Justin Simmons as a cornerstone piece of the secondary beyond this season, Hooker would be a perfect pairing for him.
I love Devin White and Devin Bush, but I don’t love them as top 10 picks. I would get on board and get excited about one of them but I think the Broncos have a few really good options at linebacker already, and there are speedy, coverage types to be had in the middle rounds.
Specifically, Blake Cashman of Minnesota and Germaine Pratt of North Carolina State are converted safeties who have developed really nicely and could be steals in rounds 2-4.