The Denver Broncos have an opportunity to really upgrade their offense in the 2020 NFL Draft, and they do so in this mock draft scenario.
As far as I'm concerned, mock draft season is one of the greatest times of the year. There are endless possibilities for us to explore as we seek to improve the Denver Broncos with hypothetical 2020 NFL Draft scenarios.
And the possibilities are both endless and a lot more fun considering the Broncos have a new identity with head coach Vic Fangio, his staff, and a quarterback in place with Drew Lock.
Lock started the final five games for the Broncos and has all of the tools required to be, at the very least, a quality starting quarterback in the NFL. The tough job for John Elway and the Broncos' front office is going to be pulling the right strings in the offseason to surround Lock with the best talent possible, and give him every chance to be successful for the long-term.
That's where we come in.
Not that John Elway is looking for more voices from the outside to help him out, but there are a lot of really good ideas going around Broncos Country on Twitter among fans of how to improve this team.
Using The Draft Network's mock draft machine, I've come up with a scenario I really like right now, and might explore alternatives of a similar scenario going forward.
Before we draft, we're going to have free agency. The Broncos have plenty of cap space to work with and a number of roster moves that could be made to give them the ultimate flexibility to do pretty much anything they want in free agency.
With that said, my preliminary research indicates the strength of this free agent class is on the defensive side of the ball, in particular on the defensive line and at cornerback. There are also a number of very good off-ball linebackers to look at.
The weakness of this free agent class is probably on the offensive line, though that could change as roster cuts start to come through in the next couple of months.
The Broncos' top needs at this point include wide receiver -- the strength of the 2020 NFL Draft by a million miles -- defensive line, cornerback, and offensive line.
I think right now, this team needs at least two wide receivers to come in and provide competition, and they need at least two or three offensive linemen to come in depending on what happens in free agency.
The Broncos could bank on Dre'Mont Jones taking over a starting defensive end spot next year, but they need to re-sign at least one of Derek Wolfe or Shelby Harris and probably bring in another player via free agency.
This is a deep free agent crop at the cornerback position and the Broncos should look to sign a veteran there as well as develop their guys in-house.
In terms of draft priority, given the strengths of this free agent class as well as the strengths of this draft class, I think the Broncos should head into the 2020 NFL Draft with an open mind, but perhaps an emphasis on:
1. Wide receiver
2. Offensive line
3. Defensive playmakers
That has typically been my mentality going into mock draft exercises, and I really feel like I emphasized that in this mock draft. Let's take a look through this scenario for the Broncos.