The Denver Broncos addressed the offensive line and wide receiver position in NFL Mocks’ latest two-round mock draft. We analyze the picks.
It’s 2020 NFL Draft and mock draft season, and we’re going to take a look at as many scenarios as we possibly can between now and April so we are educated about which players the Broncos could select and continue to build around.
With a young quarterback in place, this draft feels so much more important, which makes the Broncos’ top picks in 2020 all the more intriguing.
Over at NFLMocks.com, our fellow FanSided pals have put together a two-round mock draft with the Broncos getting richer on the offensive side of the ball.
The two-round mock draft has the Broncos selecting Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and Michigan wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones. Let’s analyze those selections.
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Thomas has largely been considered a top 10 player throughout the entire 2020 NFL Draft process.
A big, strong, nasty offensive tackle, Thomas is 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, and looks like he was made in a lab by people trying to construct the ideal NFL left tackle.
He has 36-inch arms and a nasty initial hand punch with advanced pass set technique and a nasty streak in the running game that coaches love.
Protecting the quarterback is of the utmost importance, and while Thomas appears to be a great NFL left tackle in the making, I wonder if this pick would signify the end for Garett Bolles or if it would mean that Thomas would shift over to right guard.
Or would it mean Dalton Risner moves to center and Thomas takes over at left guard? I don’t think Bolles is suited to play guard with his style of play, and we know Risner can pretty much play whatever position he’s asked.
At any rate, Thomas at pick 15 is incredible value and one way or another, he fills out an important hole on the Broncos’ offensive line.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
In a wide receiver class this deep, it’s hard to believe a player like Peoples-Jones will emerge as a top 50 overall player on the Broncos’ board, as intriguing as his athletic makeup is.
Peoples-Jones didn’t always have great quarterback play at Michigan, so his production even at lower numbers than other guys in this class is impressive. He has big-time speed, punt return ability, and good size for the position.
For the money of this pick, however, the value is just not quite there for me.
You get a tremendous value like Thomas in round one, the board is bound to fall more favorable in round two and I think Peoples-Jones is a player I would look to with one of the two later third-round picks the Broncos have.
An ascending player like Denzel Mims, who has the production to go along with the athletic tools, would be a better pick here for Denver.