With 97 days to go until the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, it’s open season on mock drafts.
While Broncos Europe’s draft analysts aren’t yet ready to join the fun, we’re keeping an eye on what the experts think could happen.
This week alone we’ve seen Pro Football Focus lead analyst Steve Palazzolo’s mock draft 3.0 has the Denver Broncos selecting Washington cornerback Byron Murphy while ESPN’s Mel Kiper mock 1.0 has the Broncos taking Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker.
Now, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Broncos selecting LSU linebacker Devin White with the 10th overall pick.
At 6-1, 240-pounds, the 20-year-old defensive star is a 2018 consensus All-American and Butkus Award winner, as well as being named First-Team All-SEC in 2017 and 2018, and second-team All-American in 2017.
The Broncos’ new head coach Vic Fangio is no stranger to Butkus Award recipients after the Chicago Bears drafted Roquan Smith in 2018.
Fangio also coached Patrick Willis and NaVarro Bowman in San Francisco between 2011 and 2014, and he will now coach two-time Butkus Award winner Von Miller.
White’s speed and versatility make him a prime candidate for the Broncos to take in the first round, given Fangio’s expertise coaching linebackers and the Broncos’ need to improve at the position, and figures to be high on their draft board.
White finished 2018 with a team-high 123 tackles, which saw him become the seventh player in LSU history to record back-to-back seasons with 100+ tackles.
But the third-year junior wasn’t just a tackling machine, he also weighed in with 33 QB pressures, and three pass breakups in coverage and could be found all over the field.
White’s dominance saw his Pro Football Focus overall grade jump from 73.2 to a 90.0 in 2018, and he is the top-ranked linebacker by Palazzolo, who has the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting the Louisiana native 20th overall in his mock draft 3.0.