Broncos draft Deandre Baker in McShay mock 2.0

The biggest question facing the Denver Broncos front office in the coming weeks is, do they take a quarterback or cornerback with the 10th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft?

ESPN’s Todd McShay believes John Elway and friends could ditch the idea of having to trade up to get their QB in a weak class to bring in much-needed reinforcements in the secondary.

For McShay’s mock draft 2.0, that means the Broncos select 22-year-old Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker, despite the only quarterback off the board being Dwayne Haskins.

If that plays out, it means the Broncos will pass up on Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (Oklahoma), Daniel Jones (Duke) and Drew Lock (Missouri).

“Denver could trade up for a quarterback or take the dive here for Kyler Murray or Drew Lock, but this secondary is hurting as well,” McShay noted.

“Aqib Talib is long gone, and Chris Harris Jr. fractured his fibula in December. What’s more, Bradley Roby is a free agent.

“Baker is the most instinctive corner in the class.”

“Baker is a fit for any defensive scheme and as he can play both man and zone coverage with excellent ball skills”
— Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus

McShay’s mock has Baker as the second cornerback off the board behind LSU’s Greedy Williams, who is mock-drafted to the Detroit Lions at eighth overall.

McShay isn’t the first draft analyst to have the Broncos select Baker. His ESPN colleague Mel Kiper also has Baker going to the Mile High City in his mock 1.0 released last month.

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