5 key takeaways from Broncos GM George Paton’s pre-Draft presser

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ENGLEWOOD, CO – MARCH 16: General Manager George Paton of the Denver Broncos addresses the media before introducing Quarterback Russell Wilson of the Denver Broncos at UCHealth Training Center on March 16, 2022 in Englewood, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos general manager George Paton shared some great insight at the team’s pre-2022 NFL Draft press conference. What should we take away from it?

It’s been over a month since Denver Broncos general manager George Paton has held court at the podium, and a lot has transpired in that timeframe.

Paton and his staff have been working tirelessly all offseason with a head coaching search followed by the blockbuster trade to acquire Russell Wilson, which was all followed by the frenzy that is NFL free agency.

Now comes the 2022 NFL Draft which will be an absolute blast for everyone in Broncos Country, who can probably very comfortably spend the first night of this year’s festivities doing what George Paton said he’s going to do — watch Russell Wilson highlights.

Broncos GM George Paton gives some great insight at pre-draft presser

Of course in a pre-draft press conference, you’re going to hear a lot of nothing in particular. Executives aren’t just going to sit at a microphone and give their strategies away because other teams around the league have people assigned to watching these things and picking them apart.

Although as Paton himself said, teams aren’t really worried about what the Broncos are going to do because they don’t pick until number 64 in the second round.

The acquisition of Russell Wilson along with the “heavy lifting” of reloading the roster being done in free agency has given Paton sort of a bullet-proof Draft class in 2022.

Not that you don’t want to hit on the picks, but Paton and the rest of the front office know they don’t need to feel pressured to take week one starters with every selection.

What were the major takeaways from what Paton (and assistant GM Darren Mougey) said at Friday’s press conference? Let’s start by trying to decipher Paton’s stance on trading up in 2022.