The Denver Broncos may not be sticking at the 10th overall pick when the 2019 NFL Draft rolls around. If they move down, what options do they have?
The Denver Broncos put themselves in a great position in the 2019 NFL Draft by attacking their most pressing needs in free agency.
If you ask Mike Klis, the Broncos should be trading down off the 10th overall spot in the 2019 Draft, but for which players?
Klis told Orange & Blue 760 that he thinks ‘the play’ for the Broncos is to move back from 10 to 15 with Washington if possible.
If that’s the play, who’s the pick?
The Broncos would have to be moving down with something in mind, and obviously part of it would include what they would do with the extra picks they would acquire by moving down five spots.
Last year, the Oakland Raiders acquired 3rd- and 5th-round picks from the Arizona Cardinals to move down from the 10th pick to the 15th pick.
Based on the cost to move up for quarterbacks anymore, it’s surprising the Raiders didn’t get more than that, and depending on which guys are available, the Broncos could get more than that in a trade.
The Cardinals were looking at just Josh Rosen after Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen all went in the top 10 picks.
There’s a decent chance the Broncos could be sitting there at pick number 10 overall with multiple trade suitors, including the Washington Redskins (pick 15), Miami Dolphins (pick 13), and New York Giants (pick 17).
If the Broncos move down from 10 to somewhere in the teens, picking up extra picks along the way, it opens up an entirely new can of worms regarding what the Broncos could look to do with their top selection.
Keep in mind with this draft class that the Broncos don’t have to take any specific position in round one. They have set themselves up for flexibility. If they were going to be drafting based on most pressing need, the pick would have to be a right guard or interior lineman in general.
It just so happens this year’s class is rich on the interior offensive line, and the Broncos could use a pick in the teens on someone like Jonah Williams of Alabama, Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State, or Cody Ford from Oklahoma.
Would any of those players be a great value, even in the teens?
I’m not so sure.
Moving down would really open up the Broncos to be able to take a position in the first round John Elway has perhaps never taken before. Perhaps a wide receiver could be in play there.
Denver’s offense took a nosedive last year after Emmanuel Sanders went down, and as much as I love Sanders, he’s 32 and on the final year of his contract with the team, coming off an Achille’s injury.
Even if Sanders is ready for week one, what happens if he or one of the other guys goes down again?
It won’t be good.
The Broncos have a phenomenal foundation at the position with Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Tim Patrick, but this group needs an ‘alpha’ type like Sanders who can keep defenses honest and keep the Broncos’ offense balanced.
John Elway took the 30-minute drive from the Biltmore in Arizona to the Arizona State Sun Devils facility to take in the Sun Devils’ pro day, where a big-time receiver in N’Keal Harry is the headliner.
Later in the draft, the Broncos would be a great landing spot for ASU defensive lineman Renell Wren as well.
In the teens, Harry would be a solid option for the Broncos’ offense and comes from a conference the Broncos have historically shown a preference for.
One thing is clear — the Broncos’ options are open and everything should be considered. They do still have some areas they need to address, but nothing they have to specifically target in round one, leaving things wide open, and especially wide open if they trade down.