The 2021 NFL draft is just two weeks away and the anticipation is building.
The first round is always the most talked about, for obvious reasons. In the case of the Denver Broncos, the team sits in the No. 9 slot and has some intriguing options.
Because of several trades this offseason with teams moving to get new quarterbacks, specifically the Carolina Panthers and (presumably) the San Francisco 49ers, there are some guys that could drop to the Broncos at that spot who may not have been there if not for those trades.
Yes, the team has specific needs, as do all the other teams in the league. But sometimes, taking the best available player is the way to go. There are several players in this draft who could either fill a need or be just too good for the Broncos, or any team for that matter, to leave sitting on the board.
With that said, here are three guys who the Broncos just can’t pass on if they are still available when they go on the clock.
Penei Sewell, Offensive tackle
Offensive tackle is far from a pressing need for the Broncos, but if they could bookend Sewell and Garett Bolles, the team could be in business for years to come.
Sewell is rated by most as the best offensive tackle in this draft class and he is a top 10 pick in any mock draft you will come across.
Though he is not a complete player yet, he is awfully close.
Sewell is a solid edge protector in the passing game, using good hands and quick feet to gain an advantage on defenders. Though he is not the most physical player on the field if he happens to get to the second level, look out.
Sewell is good in the rushing game as well and with a professional strength and conditioning team to work with at the next level, could become an absolute monster at the tackle position.
Though Sewell is a left tackle, he would likely be placed on the right side in Denver, where there is a need.
If he is still available at No. 9, the Broncos must give him serious consideration.