Denver Broncos: Who will be Drew Lock’s competition?

Denver Broncos QB #3 Drew Lock. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos QB #3 Drew Lock. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

With the NFL Draft less than one week away, the Denver Broncos have still yet to add another arm to the race at quarterback this offseason.

General manager George Paton has stated on more than one occasion that he intends for there to be competition at the quarterback position, but that the team is not necessarily giving up on Drew Lock.

The team still intends to add competition at the quarterback spot for Lock, but it remains to be seen who that will be. So far, if you’re Lock, you have to be pretty happy due to the fact that the team has yet to bring in another name.

That could just be because the right deal hasn’t come across Paton’s desk, though.

The Broncos are a team highly rumored to be looking at a quarterback in next week’s draft, but if the team does not bring one in through the selection process, Lock may be in the clear for 2021.

Here are the options that the team still has should they choose to go down one of these roads.

The draft

The obvious place for the Broncos to look for competition is in the upcoming draft, but the big question is, where should the team select a quarterback?

The Broncos are a team that could move up in the pecking order via trade if they want to acquire Justin Fields, Trey Lance or Mac Jones. But the cost to go up could be a bit too much.

There is a strong argument for the team to hold tight at the No. 9 spot and see what falls to them.  Because of the projected first three picks all being quarterbacks, the Broncos should have a great player fall to No. 9. That could even be Fields, Lance or Jones as well.

There are also plenty of decent options the team could draft in later rounds, though those players may not necessarily be direct competition for Lock, at least not in 2021.