Denver Broncos: Making the case for Trey Lance in round one

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft, Trey Lance. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)
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If you remain unconvinced that the Denver Broncos should take Trey Lance with their top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, there is nothing wrong with that.

The Denver Broncos themselves could pass on the chance to get him.

With that being said, given the lack of star power elsewhere in this draft class (especially defensively), it could be the perfect time to invest in the quarterback position and take shots on other positions of need later on in the draft.

If there was a Chase Young type of talent the Denver Broncos could get their hands on, you might pass on a guy like Lance for that.

With that being said, what if Lance was your QB2 heading into the 2021 scouting process a year ago at this time? If he was your QB2, he hasn’t been able to really do anything to deter you from that ranking.

Zach Wilson carries a measure of risk with his shoulder injury history. Justin Fields carries his own level of risk given what some scouts and analysts feel is a slow ability to pull the trigger on secondary reads. There’s also a history of Ohio State’s offense not translating well for quarterbacks to the NFL.

Mac Jones is an underwhelming athlete at the position who has a lot of poise and accuracy, but maybe a lower floor than some of the other more talented athletes at the position.

Every quarterback in every draft is going to carry a level of risk, so why not go after a player with huge upside like Lance, especially when there’s not exactly a no-brainer alternative? Because there’s really not.

You could make arguments for a lot of prospects, but when it comes down to it, guys as talented as Trey Lance and Justin Fields have to be considered by the Denver Broncos with their top pick for all of the reasons laid out in this post.