Denver Broncos: Potential first-round QB options in 2022

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Dec 30, 2020; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) rolls out during the fourth quarter against the Florida Gators at ATT Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos appear to be going with Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater in 2021, barring a trade, which at this point in the offseason, would be a bit surprising.

Whoever wins the job between those two men is going to have to play lights out and at the very least, get the Broncos into the playoffs. If that doesn’t happen, there will likely be mass turnover at key spots within the organization.

One of those would be at the quarterback position. The 2022 draft features a group of quarterbacks who will have a lot of hype and will be first-round picks, but they could just as easily join the long list of first-round busts throughout history.

With the college football season still about a month away from even starting, most of this will just be speculation. The players on this list could either prove they should be taken in the first round, or they could fall all the way to day three of the draft.

But rest assured, if Lock, Bridgewater, or both fail this coming season, the Broncos will be taking a long look at the players on this list.

This will give fans a chance to get to know these players ahead of time.

Matt Corral
QB Ole Miss

Jan 2, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Mississippi Rebels quarterback Matt Corral (2) looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers during the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Corral is a name to watch this coming season because he is going to rise as the leader of the Rebels.

Corral’s name is one that is not familiar to most football fans, but he will make a name for himself in 2021 after having a tremendous year in 2020. Last season, his first with Lane Kiffin as the team’s head coach, Corral completed a very impressive 71 percent of his throws for over 3,300 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Though Kiffin is not a favorite of many, he is a respected head coach and still has some influence on the NFL, where he once coached the Raiders. He is considered one of the game’s best offensive minds and it’s no coincidence that Corral flourished under him.

That will continue this season as Corral will show his ability to fit the ball into tight spaces, throw from many different angles and display his tremendous athleticism. He is not a name that would have been considered as a first-round pick even late last season, but he will by the end of this year.

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