Third round (first pick): Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
Depending on who you ask, Darnell Wright might be the best right tackle prospect in this class. That doesn’t mean he’s the OT1 of the class, but similar to what we saw from someone like Abraham Lucas in the 2022 class (still wondering why the Broncos passed there…), Wright is a guy who projects very safely to the right side as an immediate starter.
He’s recently really elevated his 2023 NFL Draft stock with some good performances against Alabama’s Will Anderson Jr. and LSU’s BJ Ojulari, and could be a steal at this point for the Broncos who have two third-round picks early in the 2023 Draft thanks to a trade with the Colts in the 2022 Draft.
Broncos fans have been screaming for George Paton to invest more in the offensive line, and this is a day one starter.
Third round (second pick, from Colts): Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
Greg Dulcich was a pretty darn good pick by the Denver Broncos in round three of the 2022 NFL Draft. He proved over the course of the 2022 season, despite missing time with a hamstring injury, that he can be a starter in the NFL going forward.
One area of Dulcich’s game that caused him to drop to round three was blocking. He’s not exactly a throwback style of in-line tight end, and being physical at the line of scrimmage is not his game. Making plays as a receiver? That’s his game.
Luke Musgrave is a guy that can come in from Oregon State and give you a physical in-line player who can upgrade your running game as a blocker, he brings athleticism to the TE position, and he’s part of an absolutely loaded class at the position.