3 players the Denver Broncos may regret passing on in the 2022 NFL Draft
The Denver Broncos feel good about their 2022 NFL Draft class, but what players might they end up regretting passing on? We take a look at three names.
The Denver Broncos have had such a great offseason, it’s hard to care all that much or make any real gripes about the 2022 NFL Draft class.
Still, we analyze every single piece of the offseason around here, and as is typically the case, there are things many will feel that general manager George Paton could have — or should have — done differently.
As it relates to the NFL Draft, the Broncos obviously didn’t even have a pick until number 64 overall. Even though they didn’t pick until the end of round two, should they have gone in a different direction with some of their selections?
There may be some players the Broncos regret passing on eventually. Let’s take a look at three of them.
Denver Broncos may regret passing on OT Abraham Lucas
One of the biggest gripes Denver Broncos fans have about the 2022 NFL Draft class is the fact that George Paton passed on the offensive tackles altogether.
As a matter of fact, despite a clear revolving door at the right tackle position, Paton has passed on the offensive tackle position for two straight years.
One of the players that made the most sense going into the 2022 Draft for the Broncos was actually a player they met with before the draft even took place — Washington State’s Abraham Lucas.
Lucas was a starter at right tackle for the Cougars and had one of the highest Relative Athletic Scores of any tackle in this year’s class.
Essentially, it seems he was tailor-made for the wide zone offense that we’ll see from the Denver Broncos.
The Seattle Seahawks took him to pair with another super talented athlete at the tackle position — left tackle Charles Cross — as their bookends of the future.
The Broncos passed on Lucas and took pass rusher Nik Bonitto instead.
Given the current logjam for the Broncos at the edge position, it’s understandable that fans would wish the team had selected Lucas as the right tackle of the future (and maybe present) as opposed to a backup pass rusher.