The Denver Broncos take advantage of two QBs going in front of them in Daniel Jeremiah’s mock draft and land Devin White, the LB from LSU.
When Daniel Jeremiah releases a mock draft, people should listen.
Jeremiah is not only an accomplished player evaluator, but he also has connections throughout the NFL and has been building those connections further with his work at NFL Network.
Some mock drafts are just fun projections, some are strictly used to explore certain situations, and some are reflections of what a guy with his ear on the ground has been hearing for weeks and months of preparation from teams.
In the latest Daniel Jeremiah mock draft on NFL.com, the Denver Broncos take advantage of two quarterbacks going in the top nine picks and steal LSU linebacker Devin White with the 10th overall pick.
White is one of the players who, if available with the 10th overall pick, would be a guy the Broncos could probably not pass on by trading down or drafting one of the quarterbacks left.
Unless, you know, they loved one of the quarterbacks. Then they need to take him no matter what.
In this case, both Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State) and Drew Lock (Missouri) were on the board when the Broncos selected White, who is considered a top 10 player by just about everyone evaluating this year’s draft class.
If the Broncos draft White in the first round, they will have that star power at inside linebacker many fans have been coveting this offseason.
Both Todd Davis and Josey Jewell are competent in coverage but the Broncos could be looking for a linebacker who can cover man-to-man with guys who are big, fast, and quick.
Davis and Jewell can be exposed by quickness in space, whereas White can overcome with his big-time speed.
I’m not as big on the idea that the Broncos need an inside linebacker at pick number 10 overall, but White is a special type of player, team captain, and exactly the type of playmaker that could thrive in Vic Fangio’s defense, even if Fangio doesn’t put him on the same tier as Roquan Smith as a prospect.
Perhaps the biggest shock of Jeremiah’s mock draft was the pick of Drew Lock to the Green Bay Packers at 30 overall. It’s crazy to think about, but Aaron Rodgers is the same age now that Brett Favre was when the Packers drafted Rodgers in 2005.
Perhaps Lock could bring things full circle for them.