Denver Broncos mock draft: Dwayne Haskins and an eye on 2020
What do I love about this mock draft scenario? The players.
I think this mock scenario gives the Broncos a great combination of positional value and players who could develop within their system, even if other quarterbacks are more in the mold of what we’ve come to expect for the Shanahan/Kubiak style than Haskins.
Haskins seems like a pretty quick study.
I love addressing the QB position early, and the implications that has. Drafting a first-round quarterback doesn’t come with guaranteed success, but the Broncos have to find some way to compete with Mahomes in KC and Rivers in LA, and whatever the Raiders end up putting together.
Haskins is a baller and could help them do that from now on.
I also love the value of Jeffery Simmons, a first-round talent, in round two.
What do I not love?
Well, this scenario really pushes things toward 2020, doesn’t it?
Haskins may not play in 2019 unless Flacco is injured. Simmons might not play in 2019 because he’s injured.
Terry McLaurin would be drafted as an eventual replacement for Emmanuel Sanders.
Isaiah Prince and Alex Bars would be competing for backup spots this year, and the same would go for Jordan Brailford, Ben Burr-Kirven, and Benny Snell.
This draft comes with an eye on 2020 and that’s not entirely bad for the Broncos. This team has plenty they can accomplish this season, even potentially making the playoffs if they get lucky health-wise.
This draft class sets the team up to win ‘from now on’ and looks to needs beyond 2019, when the Broncos could insert Haskins into the starting lineup, clear $20-plus million off the books by trading/releasing Joe Flacco, and make some more splashes in free agency next year.