It’s an all-Big Ten fourth round for the Broncos, starting off with the quarterback position and Nate Stanley.
I don’t know that Stanley’s tape necessitates a fourth-round pick, but I want to discuss this option here.
The Broncos don’t have to just stick with what they’ve got at quarterback. I think they have the coaches in place to be able to find guys they like annually and they certainly have enough picks and assets to bring in guys they like in 2020.
I like Stanley as a fit in Denver because again, Iowa is running some similar stuff to what the Broncos run, if on a more scaled down level.
Stanley has flashes of brilliant play at Iowa, he’s a hard worker, and he’s got a pretty great trick — he can gain about five or six yards on nearly every QB sneak he runs. How about utilizing him that way and eliminating the possibility that Drew Lock would get hurt there?
I think Stanley’s got a very nice career arc as a backup QB in the NFL with a huge arm, occasional bouts with mind-boggling inaccuracy, and solid athletic ability with a gamer mentality.
Ben Bredeson is a possible starter for you at right guard. If he’s there in the fourth round with one of those two picks, he’d probably be hard to pass up on.
He’s excellent in pass protection and he’s got NFL-ready size and plenty of experience at Michigan where he played for Jim Harbaugh, who obviously has ties to Denver head coach Vic Fangio.
I like the idea of the Broncos going a bit overboard to add youth and talent to the offensive line, and bringing in Bredeson, Jake Hanson, and Tristan Wirfs would certainly be a nice, youthful makeover.