After their disappointing loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Denver Broncos bumped up a couple of spots in the 2020 NFL Draft order.
The Denver Broncos lost yet another heart-breaking game to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, but in the aftermath of the loss — as always — there are positive takeaways.
One positive of this loss is not only that the Broncos were more than competitive, but they jumped up a couple of spots in the 2020 NFL Draft standings.
Prior to the game against the Vikings, the Broncos were slated to pick 9th overall, and after the loss, they are now in line to pick 7th overall.
The Broncos’ third-round pick from the Pittsburgh Steelers also bumped up a couple of spots after the Steelers lost on Thursday Night Football to the Cleveland Browns. Unfortunately, the 49ers’ picks continue to be at the bottom of each round.
Let’s look at the updated draft capital for the Broncos.
1. First round: 7th overall
2. Second round: 38th overall
3. Third round: 69th overall
4. Third round (from Steelers): 82nd overall
5. Third round (from 49ers): 96th overall
6. Fourth round: 104th overall
7. Fourth round (from 49ers): 128th overall
8. Sixth round (from Redskins): 162nd overall
9. Seventh round (from Patriots): 223rd overall
The Broncos are also expected to receive at least a couple of 2020 compensatory picks, but we don’t know that for sure and will not know that for sure until next year’s Scouting Combine or later. At this point, the Broncos have nine really good picks including picks at the top of every round but the fifth and seventh.
Depending on what happens with the Broncos’ in-house free agents and in free agency in general, I’ve found in doing some mock draft scenarios that the picks in the third round may be better utilized on trading up or possibly trading for a veteran player who can help the team immediately.
We’ll have plenty of time to explore those options, but for now, the Broncos’ pick is the highest it’s been in a few weeks and with six games to go, we’ll see what kind of noise this team makes with at least one more Brandon Allen start and hopefully, a handful of Drew Lock starts to follow.