The Denver Broncos brought in 23 new rookies to compete in 2019, including six picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. We predict the 53-man roster way too early.
The Denver Broncos haven’t even had their first rookie minicamp of the 2019 offseason at the time of this writing, and so much can change between now and the first part of September, but that’s not going to stop us from making a way-too-early prediction of what the team’s 53-man roster could look like when final cuts come down.
Because there’s so much yet to play out in terms of competition, I almost hate even doing this exercise but we’re going to do it anyway.
As always we assume the final three spots on the roster will be taken up by the kicker Brandon McManus, the only punter currently on the roster in Colby Wadman, and Pro Bowl long snapper Casey Kreiter.
Let’s take a look first at the quarterback position, led by a former Super Bowl MVP and two guys who could factor into the Broncos’ future plans…
Quarterback – 3 (6/53)
QB1: Joe Flacco
QB2: Drew Lock (R)
QB3: Brett Rypien (R)
Joe Flacco is the unquestioned starter going into the offseason and, barring injury, the start of the 2019 regular season as well.
With Flacco in place, it seemed like a foregone conclusion the Denver Broncos would not be getting a player like Drew Lock, but lo and behold, fate dealt them a fortuitous hand.
As a matter of fact, I believe the Broncos were dealt a couple of fortunate hands, getting both Lock and Brett Rypien.
This is a scenario I would have dreamed about a few months ago, but never really considered a possibility leading up to the NFL Draft itself.
Now, here we are.
The Broncos have a quarterback who can hopefully play well enough to win now on a contract they can get out of at any point in time with no penalty against the cap.
They have a legitimate QB of the future candidate with Drew Lock, and another guy who could end up being a starter in this system in Brett Rypien.
I’m thrilled about this situation, even with my early disdain for the Flacco possibility.
Kevin Hogan should have a roster spot somewhere in the NFL, but it’s time for the Broncos to invest fully in a youth movement.