ESPN NFL Draft analyst and scout Todd McShay is hearing the Denver Broncos are not going to take a quarterback in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
We’re officially just a couple of days away from the mayhem of the 2019 NFL Draft, and no one knows what the Denver Broncos are going to do.
Will they land a surprise player like last year when Bradley Chubb fell into their laps like Ed Oliver or someone else? Will they take a tight end like TJ Hockenson? Will they trade down?
Or, will they take a quarterback?
According to what ESPN’s Todd McShay has been hearing, they will not be taking a signal caller in the first round of this year’s draft.
"“I’m hearing that the Broncos will not be taking a quarterback in the first round. Instead, they are more likely to roll the dice with Joe Flacco and attend to other needs. If Denver doesn’t go defense here, which is a possibility, it could go with Hockenson. But I’m also told Michigan ILB Devin Bush is in play.”Todd McShay, ESPN"
There are a couple of things to note from that information from McShay.
First and foremost, the topic of the article, which is that McShay is hearing the Broncos will not be taking a quarterback in the first round and instead rolling with Joe Flacco.
This has made sense since the team acquired Flacco, though the door on the quarterback position has not been closed up until this comment by McShay. Is that the right call? Time will tell. It would be terrible if the Broncos passed on the opportunity to draft someone like Drew Lock or Dwayne Haskins and they end up becoming someone’s franchise QB while Flacco keeps the Broncos in QB purgatory for another couple of years.
That’s everyone’s great fear, and it seems like Elway is giving off vibes that he’s at least willing to wait one more year for a QB.
The other interesting idea McShay floated here is that of drafting TJ Hockenson if the Broncos go a different direction than defense. I personally love the idea of Hockenson or his teammate Noah Fant for the Broncos.
Hockenson is an every-down player on offense who would help the Broncos in the passing game and in the running game immediately.
The offense needs help desperately.
The other note that intrigues me is the final one, which is that McShay has been hearing Devin Bush is in play for the Broncos’ top pick. As we’ve been rounding up information on this Monday before the draft, Bush has been mocked to the Broncos at least two times.
Momentum could really be picking up for Bush to Denver at 10, so keep an eye on that.