Denver Broncos: Winners, losers from 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft has come to an end. Here are some winners and losers on the Denver Broncos based on the team’s results.

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 25: President of Football Operations and General Manager John Elway of the Denver Broncos interviews during the first day of the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

It’s been a fun three days as the NFL Draft has come and gone. The Denver Broncos should be considered one of the top winners from the weekend.

There were some surprises from the draft, and also some predictable picks. You just never know how the board is going to fall. NFL teams need to figure out fairly quickly if they have to trade up for a player they want or if they’re able to trade down, get the player they want while accumulating more picks.

The Broncos added players to both sides of the ball, but perhaps the most important thing that they did was draft for their offense.

When you decide to go with a new quarterback, it is important to surround him with players that will help him and the team win. That’s exactly what the Denver Broncos did for quarterback Drew Lock.

One thing I’d like to say before we continue is that even if some people completely disagree with picks that the Denver Broncos made, there are reasons for those selections. Sure, they could’ve gone different routes, but one thing is for sure:

We need to have trust in John Elway.

Now, here are some winners and losers from this year’s NFL Draft.

Quarterback Drew Lock

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 29: Drew Lock #3 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after a 16-15 win over the Oakland Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High on December 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos needed playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. The Denver Broncos got playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.

With their first-round pick, the team decided to do what basically everybody expected them to: they took a wide receiver. The only question was which receiver they would take.

With Henry Ruggs III off the board, they opted to take Ruggs’ teammate at Alabama, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.

They followed that pick by taking Penn State receiver K.J. Hamler in the second round. Hamler will be inserted as the team’s slot receiver — a position in desperate need of help.

In the seventh round, they selected Florida receiver Tyrie Cleveland.

The Broncos also helped Lock be more confident in his offensive line, drafting LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry, who will likely be the team’s center going forward. They also took Fresno State guard Netane Muti in the sixth round. Muti would have been drafted higher if it weren’t for injuries he sustained in college.

Drew Lock played the final five games for the Denver Broncos in 2019 after recovering from a thumb injury that forced him onto injured reserve. It ultimately helped him, however, as he got to sit and watch and just prepare mentally. It is safe to say that that worked out for him and the Broncos.

Garett Bolles, Tackle

Garett Bolles has taken a lot — I mean a lot — of heat for his play since being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2017.

He has been guilty of way too many holding penalties during the last three years.

But the Denver Broncos chose not to take a tackle in the draft, making it seem as if they are okay with him.

They have not picked up his fifth-year option as of right now, but the fact that they didn’t take a left tackle is good news for him.

Denver did take a center, Lloyd Cushenberry III, who will be a great addition to the offensive line. Bolles could benefit from the addition.

Entire team

Don’t worry, I’ll get to the “losers” eventually.

The reason for stating the “Entire team” as a winner is because of the mentality John Elway had when selecting the players that he did.

The Broncos are looking for leadership qualities in their players and have for the last couple of years. I touched more on this in a previous article. You can check it out here.

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Most of the wide receivers

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 16: Tim Patrick #81 of the Denver Broncos runs with the ball after making a reception against the Oakland Raiders at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on September 16, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

We knew that Courtland Sutton will be WR1. We now know the direction the Denver Broncos will be going at the top/middle of the position.

The Broncos drafted Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler in back-to-back rounds. They took Tyrie Cleveland out of Florida in the seventh round.

Beyond the three are Daesean Hamilton, Tim Patrick, Juwann Winfree, Fred Brown, and Kelvin McKnight.

It is going to be interesting to see the competition for the fourth and fifth wide receiver spots. But the fact that the Broncos drafted two—which is by no means a surprise—is very bad news for most of the receivers on the roster.

Some of the many tight ends

The Broncos have a ton of tight ends on the roster, and they just added another one in the mix with Albert Okwuegbunam out of Missouri.

One of the players who appears to be at high risk of losing his spot on the roster is Jake Butt. Butt has unfortunately been unable to get onto the field for an extended period of time for the Broncos. He is injured all the time. At some point, I expect the Broncos to move on from Butt. That time could be now.

Patrick Morris, center

Well, so much for the Denver Broncos being extremely confident in Patrick Morris. Morris was expected to be the starting center for the 2020 season following Connor McGovern’s departure to the New York Jets.

But then LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry fell onto the Broncos’ lap with the 83rd overall pick.

Cushenberry was, in my opinion, one of the most exciting picks by the Broncos over the last three days.

Next: Reacting to Denver Broncos selection of Justin Strnad

Hopefully the additions the Denver Broncos have made on the offensive line will answer and stop any questions that people have in regards to the unit. They’re making some changes and I anticipate the group to be awesome within the next couple of years.