Broncos: 49ers blockbuster trade impact on George Paton’s plans?

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft - Zach Wilson. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos QB #3 Drew Lock. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Good news for Drew Lock?

Although the Broncos are expected to add “competition” at quarterback, their general manager George Paton and quarterbacks coach Mike Shula have now been to the pro days of Trey Lance and Zach Wilson to scout a possible first-round pick at Drew Lock’s position.

Absent a trade for a high-priced veteran like Teddy Bridgewater or Jimmy Garoppolo, or a deal for Sam Darnold, everything seems to be working out just peachy for Drew Lock.

What quarterbacks could the Broncos bring in at this point that would provide legitimate competition?

They have not been aggressive in free agency at the quarterback position. Short-term options there have already been plucked away by other teams.

The Broncos are also now undoubtedly missing out on three of the top five quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Lock is not out of the woods yet. The Broncos could try to move into the top five yet, they could trade for Darnold, or they could trade for another veteran like Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson if one of those guys becomes magically available.

The options at the Broncos’ disposal to upgrade over Drew Lock are dwindling rather quickly, and that’s good news for the former second-round pick.