Peter King hearing Denver Broncos connected to QBs at pick no. 10
Peter King of NBC Sports wrote in his FMIA column that he keeps hearing the Denver Broncos connected to quarterbacks with the 10th overall pick.
Don’t take quarterback off the list of possible 10th overall picks just yet, Denver Broncos fans.
Though the trade for Joe Flacco seemingly makes it significantly less likely the Broncos would use the 10th pick on the quarterback position, that’s not the noise Denver is spreading around the league right now, at least not to everyone.
Peter King of NBC Sports wrote in his FMIA column on Monday morning what he thinks all 32 teams should do with the information he’s gleaned in recent weeks. For the Denver Broncos, he marked that they should draft Devin White if he’s available with the 10th overall pick (an idea Von Miller is also on board for) but also had this little nugget:
"Vic Fangio froths at putting the best linebacker and a sure, physical tackler between Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Keep hearing Denver and a quarterback here, but it’s not what I’d do this year, this high.Peter King, NBC/FMIA"
Chalk this up as a win for the section of the fan base wanting the Broncos to go quarterback early in this year’s draft.
Even though the Broncos paid about $4.5 million more on this year’s salary cap to upgrade from Case Keenum to Joe Flacco, and even though drafting a quarterback with the 10th pick puts a direct countdown on Flacco’s time in Denver, this is not a bad year to take a QB with a top 10 pick.
Not everyone loves Drew Lock. Not everyone loves Dwayne Haskins.
In fact, according to King, Haskins could end up being the fourth quarterback off the board.
There were rumors not long ago that Haskins would be the top QB off the board, even ahead of Kyler Murray who is now projected to be the first overall pick to the Cardinals.
If Haskins is the third or fourth quarterback selected, that means we also need to start thinking about Daniel Jones as a legitimate top 15 selection, even though some may not agree with that.
Everything here depends on the Broncos’ board and where these quarterbacks rank compared to other position players left available to them when they are on the clock. Last year, the Broncos could have taken Josh Allen 5th overall last year but didn’t love him enough as a prospect to take him over Bradley Chubb, who would have, no doubt, been much higher on their overall board.
At some point, you do have to sacrifice a little bit if your team is in desperate need of a young quarterback, and the Broncos are. Even though Joe Flacco is not ‘old’ in quarterback years at 34, he’s not exactly going to provide the Broncos with a decade of stability at the position.
In fact, Flacco has a lot to prove just to prove he’s still a capable 16-game starter in the NFL, which he wasn’t able to do last year with the Ravens.
If the Broncos are taking a quarterback with the 10th overall pick, it’s going to be one of three guys — Drew Lock, Dwayne Haskins, or Daniel Jones.
All three of those players are getting face time with John Elway prior to the Draft.
Jones worked out in front of Elway and Broncos scouts/coaches in Durham, NC last week. Lock is in Denver on his official Broncos visit as I type this article. Dwayne Haskins will be in Denver later this week.
The Broncos have flexibility with this year’s draft to take a quarterback in whatever round they want. There is no pressure to select any specific position earlier than another because the Broncos have such a variety of needs they could address.
They could take a quarterback any time before the fifth round, so why not the first?
That depends entirely on what other players might be available.
Would you pass on a guy like Devin White to take a guy like Dwayne Haskins?
If Drew Lock is on the board, would you take him over Ed Oliver?
The draft is so uncertain even in the minutes leading up to every team’s pick, it is impossible to know what scenario the Broncos will face. They need to get this important facetime with these quarterbacks so they know how to prioritize them over other players who could start in 2019.