Denver Broncos: Draft options at QB outside the first round
Since the retirement of Peyton Manning, the talk surrounding the Denver Broncos has been dominated by the quarterback position and who would be the guy that ends up sticking.
The team has been through several options over the course of that stretch and none of them have panned out beyond a season or so with Trevor Siemian.
Much of the focus of this offseason has been on Drew Lock, who will be entering his third season in the league. Many fans feel that it is already time to move on from him and speculation all offseason has been on whether the team will trade for a quarterback, sign a veteran free agent like Alex Smith, or draft one in the first round later this month.
Many of those options seem to have come off the table as teams around the league have made trades, uncertainty surrounds the future of Deshaun Watson and the Broncos have decided against signing a free agent.
There is no doubt that the first three picks of the draft are likely to be used on a quarterback, but the Broncos could still obtain one by trading up or even sitting at No. 9 and see if a guy like Mac Jones or Justin Fields falls there.
However, there is the option of waiting until the second round or even later to find a quarterback to fill the roster, one that could eventually compete with Lock for the starting job. Outside of the top five quarterbacks in this draft (Jones, Fields, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Trey Lance), here are three quarterbacks the Broncos could target in later rounds.
Kyle Trask is an intriguing, yet far from perfect, prospect.
His football story is one that is inspiring, having never started a single game during his high school career to ending up at one of the top college programs in the country.
His 2020 season at Florida was special as he completed 69 percent of his passes for over 4,200 yards with 43 touchdowns. He was a front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy for much of the year.
Trask is a skilled passer who has the arm strength to succeed at the professional level. Whether or not he’s ready to read an NFL defense on a consistent basis is a legitimate question, so he would be more of a developmental prospect with a big upside.
He also has a big frame at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds and because of that, can be used on designed runs. He also has the kind of pocket toughness you like to see, willing to stand in and wait for his targets down the field.