We could see the Broncos target the EDGE position as early as the first round of this year’s draft class, and that would surprise absolutely no one.
Even if they opt for another position group in round one, the EDGE crop in this draft is pretty deep as a whole.
Nolan Smith out of Georgia could be exactly what the Broncos need moving forward.
The team certainly will have options in free agency and through trades. Bradley Chubb and Jonathon Cooper will be back for 2022, and the Broncos also will be able to bring back Malik Reed.
While the team should undoubtedly be looking for ways to make upgrades in 2022, the first round of the Draft is not likely going to be mandatory, especially depending on how the board falls.
So what about Nolan Smith?
This guy brings some serious juice off the edge and as a former top high school prospect, he has the pedigree we saw George Paton prioritize throughout his first draft class in 2021.
With 53 total tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles this past season, Smith was a major reason why Georgia was able to ride its dominant defense all the way to a National Championship win.
He could come in and be part of the Broncos’ rotation from day one off the edge.