5 mistakes the Denver Broncos must avoid in the 2022 NFL Draft
The Denver Broncos have a chance to really push their roster over the top with a strong 2022 NFL Draft class. Here are mistakes that must be avoided.
The Denver Broncos won’t have any selections on Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft, at least not with the way things stand right now, just eight days out from the event.
With their first pick coming in at 64, general manager George Paton and his staff have plenty of time to wait before they are on the clock. I’m sure Paton will be working the phones, taking calls regarding potential trades, and also making them.
He has nine selections to work with and has stated he would like to end up with 10.
That would seem to indicate to me that trading up is probably not on the docket, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
After putting together the best draft class in the league a year ago, I would say we can all sleep confidently knowing that George Paton is going to have a pretty strong draft class again in 2022.
With that being said, what are some mistakes to avoid? Let’s take a look at five.
Denver Broncos mistake to avoid no. 1: Reaching for “needs”
As the Denver Broncos’ roster is currently constructed, there are really no pressing needs.
I’m sure that some would argue inside linebacker is a need, and perhaps the Broncos’ 2022 Draft class will reflect that, but it seems like the team is pretty high on Alex Singleton and even Jonas Griffith, who showed some nice things down the stretch as a starter last season.
Other than a pretty legitimate argument for linebacker being a “pressing” need, there really aren’t any pressing issues right now on this Broncos roster.
There are perceived needs like tight end, but if the Broncos had to play a game tomorrow, they could almost undoubtedly do so with the roster they have in place.
Although John Elway didn’t get everything right with his top selections as a general manager, he almost exclusively targeted premium position groups (Edge, receiver, cornerback, tackle, quarterback) with his top picks. Of course, there were exceptions, but Elway was pretty good about at least targeting those position groups.
Reaching, in general, is bad NFL Draft practice. Reaching for needs can get you into a lot of trouble.
Take the best player available and don’t be afraid to strengthen a strength.