Let’s just say that the Denver Broncos have decided to go with a wide receiver in the first round of the 2020 draft.
John Elway and the rest of the coaching staff have made up their minds, they want a wide receiver with the No. 15 overall pick. They aren’t going to try and work a trade, they are going to stand pat and hope that one of the elite wideouts falls to them.
In this hypothetical situation, Elway feels like CeeDee Lamb, Henry Ruggs or Jerry Jeudy will still be on the board when the Broncos go on the clock. If all three are gone, Elway might even give some consideration to drafting a guy like LSU’s Justin Jefferson.
I have already established why the team needs to take a wide receiver in the first round and we are going to be operating here as though they have listened. But just because they want one of these receivers doesn’t mean they will get one.
Just like when you draft your fantasy football teams and you sit on pins and needles with each pick hoping the player you have highlighted will still be there when you pick, teams in the NFL must go through that with each pick as well.
There are teams that could use a wide receiver and this is one of the deepest wide receiver draft classes in years. All of the teams know that, so which teams are going to jump on a first-round talent such as Lamb, Ruggs or Jeudy and which teams are going to think the value in the second round is just as good?
Here, the 14 teams that pick in front of the Broncos in the first round were all considered and these are the teams that could take a wide receiver in the first round, forcing the Broncos to potentially switch gears.