NFL Draft prospects with local ties for Broncos to consider selecting
Despite not having a first-round pick, the Denver Broncos still have nine selections in the upcoming NFL Draft.
In less than three weeks, we’ll be glued to our televisions or checking draft results any chance we can get to see which players went where. In all, over 250 players will be chosen in the draft. The Broncos (barring trades) will choose nine of those players.
Whether it be with one of the team’s allotted picks or through the undrafted free-agent process, it’s always fun to bring in players that fans of the team are familiar with after those players starred in the area whether it be in high school or for one of the nearby college teams.
In recent years, the Broncos have had players such as Phillip Lindsay and Dalton Risner who both became instant fan favorites after growing up in Colorado and playing at a high level in high school. Lindsay also played for the Colorado Buffaloes and had a tremendous, albeit short, run with the Broncos.
Looking at some of the teams that play in the area, here are some players who could end up with the Broncos in 2022, either as a player drafted by the team or one signed as a free agent following the draft.
Some of these players have been talked about quite a bit in connection with the Broncos already.
Small school prospects
Starting with some of the guys who likely won’t hear their name called on draft day but could find their way to an NFL roster:
Trevor Philio, OLB, Colorado State-Pueblo
Born and raised in Denver, Trevor Philio had a big high school career at Cherry Creek High playing under Dave Logan. Philio is a quick, athletic player but because of his career taking place with the small-school ThunderWolves, you will need to really dig to find much on him.
But he is definitely a player with some upside who could come into a training camp and show what he has as a developmental prospect. The 10 sacks he posted in 2021 were the most in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.