Denver Broncos: 4 young players who can still blossom

Denver Broncos depth chart 2021 - Netane Muti. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos depth chart 2021 - Netane Muti. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Drew Lock, Denver Broncos roster
Denver Broncos roster – Drew Lock. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos are building a sleeping giant in Denver, and much of their long-term success will come down to their young core.

After taking a while off to focus on grad school, I’m finally back with some Denver Broncos content!  While the Broncos have been getting some national media attention for their stacked defense, the performance of the team in 2021 will largely come down to depth.

The Buffalo Bills are a perfect example of a talented roster with insane depth, and they went quite far last year.  What’s also nice about depth is that some of these rotational players can still develop into quality starters or even stars.

Fortunately, the Broncos do have some young, under-the-radar players who have limitless potential.  So, let’s look at some.

Denver Broncos young players who can still blossom

1. Drew Lock, QB

Age: 24

College: Missouri

Draft class: 2019

Lock doesn’t fit what I had just described, but he’s not 25 yet and still has potential.  If the Broncos do not trade for Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Lock beats Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job, all eyes will be on Drew.

He shows flashes of greatness, and flashes of being a poor man’s Jay Cutler, but Lock has all of the tools to hit his ceiling in 2021–which is Matthew Stafford.

The comfortability of having the same offensive coordinator in back-to-back years, coupled with the return of Courtland Sutton and increased chemistry with the rest of the offense can surely give Drew everything he’d theoretically need to blossom into a star.