5 best options Broncos could have with their first pick in 2022 NFL Draft
With the NFL draft just over one month away, teams should be busy preparing their draft boards.
For the Denver Broncos, the team has done most of the damage it will do in free agency, though several moves could still be made. That being said, the team also still has holes in several key spots.
General manager George Paton has made big news by trading for Russell Wilson and signing Randy Gregory this offseason, but because of that trade for Wilson, the team will be waiting until the end of the second round before it can make a draft choice, barring a trade.
That is the downside to the acquisition of Wilson. Yes, he is a phenomenal quarterback and is a huge upgrade for the Broncos at the most important position on the field. But the team had to part with some important draft picks to make it happen and they will not have a first-round pick in this draft or next year’s.
With that being said, Paton needs to hit on his first pick in the upcoming draft, which will be made with the 64th overall selection.
The Broncos can still nab a terrific future player with that pick and they could even get lucky and see a player ranked in the top 50 fall down to them with other teams potentially drafting for need in front of them.
So who could the Broncos be looking at taking with the No. 64 overall choice? Here are a few options.
The Broncos took care of their pass-rushing position in free agency with the acquisition of Gregory but many teams won’t shy away of taking another great one when there is one available.
Kingsley Enagbare could be that player and he could easily still be on the board at No. 64. His draft stock has seemed to take a bit of a dip as he was seen as a fringe first-round pick not all that long ago.
Enagbare is long, quick and agile. He can get after the quarterback and has the ability to defend against the run as well. The question with him is going to be about consistency. Can he win around the edge consistently at the next level, or will the poor balance he has often displayed make him a non-factor far too often?
Penn State’s Arnold Ebiketie would be a better option, but he is unlikely to still be on the board at this slot. Enagbare could be a guy the Broncos bring in as a rotational pass-rusher to begin with.
Having Gregory, Bradley Chubb, Malik Reed and Jonathon Cooper in front of him could buy him time to develop, so long as those players stay healthy.