It has been a newsworthy day for the Denver Broncos and as the 2021 NFL regular season comes to a close, a good portion of the 2022 NFL Draft order is set.
The Broncos decided to part ways with head coach Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur early Sunday morning and with the results of the Week 18 games, the Broncos now know that for the second year in a row, they will have the ninth overall pick in the first round of the draft.
After finishing at 7-10 on the season, the Broncos will once again have the opportunity to select in the top 10 of the draft. There should be a bevy of good prospects available with that pick, and many will question if the team should use that choice on a quarterback such as Matt Corral from Ole Miss or Malik Willis out of Liberty, to name a couple.
Other names that you will see in many mock drafts because there will be thousands of those between now and the end of April, are Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd and Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean.
Broncos have had good luck with the No. 9 overall pick
With the No.9 overall choice last year, the Broncos selected Patrick Surtain and he delivered a solid rookie season. If you’re wondering how many other times the Broncos have had the No. 9 pick in the first round, the answer is just twice.
The only other time aside from last year was way back in 1973. The Broncos used that pick to select Purdue running back Otis Armstrong. Armstrong spent his entire eight-year career in Denver and made two Pro Bowls.
The 2022 NFL Draft will take place from April 28-30 and will be held in Las Vegas.