Denver Broncos: 4 positions the team must address in 2021

Denver Broncos GM John Elway. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Denver Broncos, Mitchell Trubisky
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3. Hedge quarterback

The quarterback position is going to be talked about all the way leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft or until John Elway makes a move behind or even ahead of Drew Lock.

Is Drew Lock the Broncos’ “guy” going forward? Time will tell, but as of right now, the team does seem intent on giving Lock a chance at some continuity with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Lock has certainly shown flashes, but the team will be taking at least some level of risk in believing he can find consistency.

Should the Broncos decide to move forward with Lock as the presumptive QB1 for 2021, the team needs to bring in a better hedge at the position.

The Broncos brought in Jeff Driskel in the 2020 offseason and he’s been beaten out for backup QB duties by Brett Rypien.

With all due respect to Rypien, the Broncos should be looking to the 2021 free agent class for players who could potentially be the next Ryan Tannehill should Lock falter or regress to the point they decide to move on.

The ideal candidates for this position would be younger guys who still have upside. Sam Darnold’s name has been thrown around, but the Jets no longer hold the top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and he might be staying put.

One name that makes a ton of sense is Mitchell Trubisky, the starting QB of the Chicago Bears currently. Trubisky’s play lately has piqued some interest, but it seems like he and the Bears are headed for a parting of ways.

Trubisky and Vic Fangio certainly know each other from their time in Chicago together, and the opportunity in Denver would make sense from Trubisky’s perspective at the very least because Lock has missed time in each of his first two NFL seasons due to injury.

Other options here include but are not limited to guys like Jacoby Brissett and Jameis Winston.