Analysis of the Denver Broncos’ mock 7-round draft by The Athletic
Every year, Athleticism‘s Dane Brugler is posting a mock seven-round draft just weeks before the main event. His last abandoned Thursday. Brugler is one of the hippest reporters in interim media, so it’s worth paying attention to the perspectives he has of teams.
This article will reveal Brugler’s seven-round simulation featuring Denver Broncos’ selections and include each prospect’s value and information gathered from all 32 NFL teams. I’ll mix up a few of my own thoughts as I go, but at the very least I would recommend paying attention to the positions he targets for each team.
Brugler nailed the Broncos’ first-round pick last year, predicting Jerry Jeudy would land in Denver. In 2019, Brugler also made the right choice for Denver – just on the wrong turn – as he had them take Drew Lock on Pick 10.
Who does Brugler have for the Broncos in each selection this year? Let’s dive in.
Round 1 | Choice 9: Justin Fields | QB | Ohio state
“How seriously are the Broncos considering a No.9 quarterback?” With a freshman GM at George Paton (and John Elway not completely out of sight), it’s hard to know. But Drew Lock didn’t do enough to secure the starting spot and Fields’ talent could be too good to be left out.
Analysis: Brugler did not allow trading in this simulation project. If that ended up being the No. 9 pick with no trade needed, it would be a home run for the Broncos. Denver has been linked to Fields by a number of league members, and he’s rumored to be interested in trading, so not sacrificing any kind of capital while getting the guy would be shocking if that’s how it goes. really took place on April 29th.
Fields has been a star since the second he stepped onto the football field in his freshman year of high school. He didn’t disappoint along the way, showing he has almost everything you can look for in a quarterback: arm strength, athleticism, precision, intelligence, tenacity, and a hard-working attitude (this has been questioned by some, but those closest to him shot him).
One of the biggest benefits of a move like this would be that the Broncos will now have two talented quarterback players competing for the chance to be the future of the organization. Whoever won the post between Lock and Fields would have a good chance of succeeding with all the weapons around him.
Whoever loses would give the Broncos a nice trading piece to move forward. We’ve seen this offseason that quarterbacks, even those coming out of a bad year, still represented huge value in the trading market.
Round 2 | Choice 40: Jabril Cox | LB | LSU
AnalysisQ .: There are a number of reasons why this choice makes a lot of sense for the Broncos. Cox is one of the most athletic linebackers in a class that is packed with athletic players in this position.
Cox is 6-foot-3 in length and the speed to keep up with some of the AFC West’s top receivers like Darren Waller and Travis Kelce, while also having the size to fit in the trenches when called upon. Cox still has some development to do when it comes to his run defense, but on day one with the Broncos he could be played to his strength to help in the passing game.
One of the underrated reasons the Broncos are likely to be interested in Cox is the fact that he’s been a defensive captain everywhere he’s gone. In high school, in the state of North Dakota, and even in his one year at LSU, he was able to earn the trust of his teammates and be the true general in the middle of defense. Personally, I don’t have Cox this high on my big board, but that value isn’t far off and solves one of the biggest defense holes that remain.
Round 3 | Choice 71: Walker Little | OT | Stanford
Analysis: It’s an interesting choice for the Broncos. There is no denying that Walker Little has a lot of talent to play in the NFL. He is tall, strong, intelligent and athletic. All of these traits are exactly what you want from a developmental attack perspective.
There are two big problems which make me a little hesitant to be satisfied with this choice of Brugler. The first being that Little has an injury history that caused him to miss most of the 2019 season. He participated in the Stanford season opener after showing huge promise in his first two years at the helm. university.
In fact, he was the first in Stanford history to start as a freshman as a left tackle. He went on to win All-Pac 12 honors in his sophomore year. This injury problem is compounded by the fact that he chose to retire last season, meaning his last real job in college football was clear in 2018.
Right now the Broncos are expected to start Ja’Wuan James in the right tackle, so barring an injury, that could mean Little has another three years before he really expects to start or collect any meaningful shots. .
I trust Broncos O-line coach Mike Munchak to maximize a player like Little, but there are less risky options that were still available at the tackle position when Brugler made that selection.
Round 4 | Choice 114: Michael Carter | RB | North Carolina
Analysis: This may be my favorite choice made by Brugler. I love Fields’ talent and think he will become a star, but Carter fits in so well with what the Broncos lack in the weapons department. The draft network says Carter’s ideal role is that of a “complementary 1B fullback who is featured in the passing game.”
I couldn’t agree more. Carter is the third perfect running back that has been missing from this Broncos offense in years. He brings speed, vision and receiving skills to the table and will have teams questioning whether it’s a run or a pass every time he’s out on the pitch.
I don’t plan on seeing Carter become a running back in the NFL, but he could be part of the one-two punch to the position that makes the Broncos have one of the best running games in the league. He’s a bit on the small side for the job and had a few injuries early in his college career, but over the past two years very few backs have done more than Carter.
Round 5 | Pick 152: Brandon Stephens | CB | SMU
Analysis: Stephens is not a well-known prospect. Some may remember him for his work at UCLA, where he played as a running back for the early years of his college career before transferring to SMU to start as a cornerback for two years. . In the corner, he showed some promise with his length and decent athleticism.
The fact that Stephens made the transition midway through his college career and didn’t seem to miss a beat with the change makes it seem like his best days are ahead of him. He also had a few NFL teams that saw him as a possible candidate to take safety or nickel to the next level. This versatility could go a long way in helping him get drafted.
Stephens is a project, however, as he was often a bit out of position when reviewing his film. This really showed in his defense against the race where he had a missed tackle percentage of 16.7%. However, if he landed in Denver, he wouldn’t be asked to start right away, giving the team a year to test him in different locations to see where he might fit in best.
Round 6 | Choice 191: Tarron Jackson | EDGE | Coastal Carolina
AnalysisP .: If the Broncos are looking for a great player to back Bradley Chubb and do the same, Jackson is the man for the job. Jackson won’t be known for winning with speed and leaning over the edge like Von Miller, but if you need a guy who can keep the edge and win with a powerful first strike against an offensive tackle, he can. and more.
Jackson’s game reminds me a bit of Shaquil Barrett when he first entered the NFL. The Coastal Carolina product would be a solid contributor from day one due to its strength and intelligence on the pitch.
The two big issues I’d like to point out in Jackson’s play, which is why he’s a sixth round pick here instead of a first round, are his limited athleticism which then leads to a somewhat limited cap. At this point in the draft, however, the Broncos would get some good value and value that can really add to edge rotation.
Round 7 | Choice 237: Damar Hamlin | BD | Pittsburgh
Analysis: Hamlin, at the very least, would give the Broncos another special teams player with a good advantage. He’s got the size and athleticism that if he learned some of the brain parts of the game, he could truly turn into a hidden gem.
Round 7 | Pick 239: Camp Jalen | WR | Georgia Tech
Analysis: Camp is an athletic monster at the wide receiver position. He is 6-foot-3, 223 pounds, and sprints 4.4 seconds over 40 yards. More impressive still, he broke the bench press wide receiver record with 30 reps. If a team can figure out how to help him develop as a receiver, he could be the draft thief. However, it has a long way to go in its development.
Round 7 | Pick 253: Trey Hill | C | Georgia
Analysis: The final choice of the Broncos, Hill would add some versatility to the offensive line. He played both guard and center for the Bulldogs and shows a decent ability to maintain his point of contact. He’s not going to win any running races in any way, but he could stay in the league for a bit as a nice guard / center type player.
If that’s how the Broncos were drafted in late April, I’d be a happy camper. Fields alone would have most fans extremely excited. He’s my QB2 in this draft class and he could quickly become a star if put in the right situation.
Beyond the writing of Fields, it’s still very solid loot. The Broncos are finally getting their athletic linebacker and some nice pieces added to the trenches for Bill Kollar and Munchak to thrive. There are a few risky choices along the way, but honestly, I’d rather the Broncos take risks than draft guys with limited caps.
The Broncos have a strong start at 22, so picking up guys who need time to develop makes a lot of sense this year. Overall, Brugler’s draft for Denver would fully depend on whether Fields becomes the future of the Broncos. If he hits, the rest of the draft is a bonus added to the overall roster.
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