Denver Broncos 2020 New Year’s offseason wish list
2020 NFL Draft
Add a playmaker at wide receiver
This year’s draft class at wide receiver is absolutely loaded. It’s one of the best I’ve seen coming out for a long time.
- CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
- Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
- Henry Ruggs, Alabama
- DeVonta Smith, Alabama
- Jalen Reagor, TCU
- Laviska Shenault, Colorado
- Justin Jefferson, LSU
- Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
- KJ Hamler, Penn State
- Tee Higgins, Clemson
And those are guys who will all likely get top 40 consideration. There are plenty more where that came from.
The Broncos will obviously be seeking a player who can provide the team with some big-time speed, and honestly, not many names on this list don’t fit that description. All of these guys are different in terms of their overall game, but with the 15th overall pick in the first round, the Broncos should be in rage to get anyone except probably CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy.
Since this is a ‘wish list’ post, let’s say the Broncos are able to get Henry Ruggs from Alabama.
Offensive line depth
If the Broncos were able to have this kind of free agency and get Henry Ruggs at the top of the 2020 NFL Draft, their flexibility beyond round one would be insane.
One non-negotiable for me in this draft is an offensive lineman somewhere in the top 100, and there are reasons for that other than the Broncos simply needing more talent there.
The draft is all about supply and demand. This year’s ‘supply’ of offensive lineman is tremendous, even better than last year when the Broncos were able to get Dalton Risner in the second round as the 10th offensive lineman off the board.
I want to see Denver use one of their top 100 picks to bring competition at tackle, and they would even be wise to invest in a guy who could start as a rookie on the interior offensive line as well.
Take advantage of the RB class
There are some really good running backs in this class. The Broncos have Phillip Lindsay who has two straight 1,000-yard seasons, and he’s the first-ever undrafted player to do that in his first two seasons in the league.
With that said, Royce Freeman seemed to take a step back this year and the Broncos may have a need for a more traditional ‘bellcow’ type of back. We’ll see how much faith they have in Freeman, a 2018 third-round pick.
Find a unicorn at linebacker
This isn’t the biggest year for off-ball linebackers I have ever seen, but the Broncos should look for someone on day two or three of the NFL Draft like a Fred Warner, who fell to the third round to the San Francisco 49ers a couple of years ago.
What I mean by ‘unicorn’ is a player who was productive enough in college but who maybe stands out more for their athleticism than their well-rounded skillset at this point. The Broncos have the coaches in place to develop a bit of a raw talent at the linebacker position with Todd Davis heading into a contract year.