Denver Broncos: 3 things I like, 3 things I question from 2021 NFL Draft
By Noah Smith
What I Questioned: No trades for Future Picks
During the 2021 NFL Draft, we saw George Paton’s ability to maneuver the draft board on full display. However, one thing I would have liked to see is more future draft capital for the Denver Broncos.
Scouts and General Managers have stated that the 2020 and 2021 Drafts have been difficult to gauge with opt-outs and COVID-related absences. Many in the scouting community expect the 2022 draft to be a step back to normalcy with consensus draft boards, meaning 2022 Draft Picks will come at a premium.
The Broncos do have potential needs at quarterback after the 2021 NFL Season if Drew Lock can’t establish himself as the guy, and adding future capital would only help George Paton acquire his quarterback if he chooses to address quarterback in the 2022 Draft. Unfortunately, Paton was unable to come away with future picks following the 2021 Draft.
Paton used his picks wisely in the 2021 Draft, addressing needs for the 2021 Season as well as the future. However, with the premium on 2022 picks, acquiring a small handful of extra capital in next year’s draft would have put Paton’s first draft over the top.
The offseason rolls on, however, and George Paton still has a chance to deal aging veterans for future picks. If Paton can set the Denver Broncos up for success in the 2022 NFL Draft, his first offseason will certainly be one to remember.