Broncos Europe Mock Draft 2.0

Broncos Europe Mock Draft 2.0

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The combine results are in and the dust has settled on free agency and the NFL landscape suddenly looks very different. Odell Beckham Jr. is with the Cleveland Browns, Antonio Brown is with the Oakland Raiders, and the Arizona Cardinals look set to blow it all up after just a year with Josh Rosen.

One thing that hasn’t changed is a belief throughout the NFL that this could be our year, unless you’re in full fish tank mode on South Beach, Miami.

Add all that up and Mock Draft 2.0 is vastly different to its predecessor weeks prior. Let’s dive in.

1. Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Once just a fun rumor, it now feels like established knowledge that Murray will be dropped into Kliff Kingsbury Air Raid offense on Day 1 of the NFL season. What this means for Josh Rosen remains to be seen. Maybe the Broncos are in his future.

2. San Francisco 49ers — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

For months Nick Bosa was the locked on #1 pick in April’s draft, but his mini-slide continues as the 49ers pick up Williams, an athletic freak with the ability to wreck the interior of a defensive line.

3. New York Jets — Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

In the first round of the draft, teams get 10 minutes to submit their pick. Don’t expect too much time to elapse as the Jets run this pick to the podium.

The Jets’ recent fortune of elite players sliding to them in the draft continues; see Leonard Williams #6 (2015), Jamal Adams #6 (2017) and Sam Darnold #3 (2018).

4. Oakland Raiders — Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

The Raiders are in desperate need of pass rush. Behind quarterbacks, pass rushers are the most important position in the NFL. When you find a dominant pass rusher it’s important to keep hold of them, you’d have to be crazy to trade an elite pass rusher.

Anyway, in Allen, the Raiders pick up a raw talent who’s still learning the finer nuances of the position but has excellent production regardless with 17 sacks in 2018.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

Sweat’s combine workout was frankly absurd. Sweat’s 4.41 40-yard dash was faster than 21 of 23 running backs who took part in the drill and he did this despite clocking in at 6-5 and 240 pounds.

Arians loves speed and power on his defensive line and Sweat has plenty of both.

6. New York Giants — D.K Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

It’s easy to see the Giants’ trade of OBJ and surmise that a full rebuild is underway. However, I truly believe that the organization from ownership on down to the front office believe that shipping Odell out of town is addition by subtraction.

The Giants truly are deluded enough to believe they are in win-now mode in the NFC and thus grab one of the Combine’s stars in D.K. Metcalf.

Shame about Eli.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

The Jaguars have their quarterback in Nick Foles and must now keep him upright. Foles is reunited with his former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.

We’ve already seen what that pairing is capable of; now all the Jaguars need is for Taylor to keep their quarterback clean.

8. Detroit Lions — Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Despite the free agency signing of Trey Flowers, Patriots Midwest still need to solidify their defensive line. By keeping Michigan man Rashan Gary instate, they boast a formidable defensive line starring Gary, Snacks Harrison, former second-round pick A’Shawn Robinson, and the aforementioned Trey Flowers.

9. Buffalo Bills — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

This ones pretty simple so I’ll keep it short. The Bills are bad on the offensive line. They need to protect second-. year quarterback Josh Allen despite his running ability. Dillard helps them do that.

10. Denver Broncos — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

OH BOY. Here it is. Haskins at #10 is truly a viable option for the Broncos. Kyler Murray may be the most fun quarterback to watch in this year’s draft but Haskins is a better player.

He is only a one-year starter at Ohio State, which may worry some but what an outstanding year it was. Haskins was the best passer in college football in 2018, throwing for 4,821 yards (#1), 50 touchdowns (#1) for just eight interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes.

Haskins is not a runner, despite what some pundits will have you believe, but has enough athleticism and pocket awareness to succeed in the league. There are several moves the Broncos could make at quarterback but Haskins is the most appealing.

11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White, LB, LSU

White is a sideline-to-sideline playmaker and from everything we hear was a key locker room leader at LSU.

12. Green Bay Packers — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Fant is a downfield playmaker who will stretch the seam in the Packers’ offense. The Packers have been looking for a new tight end for Rodgers for a few seasons now, big names like Michael Bennett, Jared Cook and, most recently, Jimmy Graham have all fallen flat.

13. Miami Dolphins — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

The Dolphins could take a quarterback here but that doesn’t into the current fish tank plan.

14. Atlanta Falcons — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Oliver’s value has been all over the place in recent mocks, as high as three, as low as the bottom of the first. In any case, the Falcons get great value at #14.

15. Washington Redskins — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Another team who could take a quarterback, but I see them building out their roster before looking ahead to 2020. Expect Case Keenum, Colt McCoy and maybe a later round rookie to all start for this team in 2019 as they wait out Alex Smith’s rehab.

16. Carolina Panthers — Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The main priority for the Panthers needs to be keeping Cam Newton upright. Williams is a three-year starter out of Alabama and can play multiple positions on the line. Some argue his arms are too short to play tackle, Williams disagrees and so do I.

17. New York Giants (via Browns) — Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Why Daniel Jones? The Giants organisation is rich in nepotism. Don’t take that as a knock on Jones, it’s just a fact. David Cutcliffe, Jones’ college coach at Duke, was also Eli Manning’s coach at Ole Miss. In recent days former Cowboys GM NFL HoFer Gil Brandt stated on the record that Jones and Peyton Manning are the “same guy”. Jones only a one-year starter is loved in NFL circles; he’s what you’d call “sneaky athletic” read: white. Don’t be surprised if Jones doesn’t make it to the Giants at #17.

18. Minnesota Vikings — Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

The Vikings remain the NFL’s “what if” team. On paper, they have a top-five defense, the best receiving duo in the game, a top-10 running back in Dalvin Cook, and yet despite paying Kirk Cousins $90m over three years the team didn’t get it done in 2018 and Cousins was one of the most pressured passers in the league. That has to change in 2019.

19. Tennessee Titans — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Some would consider it an upset Fant going over the more versatile Hockenson. As opposed to Fant who is essentially a blownup WR, Hockenson is an excellent in-line blocker with fantastic receiving skills. The Titans are in need of a replacement for an aging Delanie Walker and they have an excellent one in Hockenson.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert is probably the best evaluator of wide receivers in the league. His record drafting defensive backs, however, leaves something to be desired. Murphy is the safest cornerback bet in the draft and undoubtedly makes the Steelers better on the backend.

21. Seattle Seahawks — Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Ferrell is one of the more underrated prospects in this year’s draft. Playing on a stacked defensive line, it can be hard to stand out, but Ferrell is set to stand out at the next level and slides right in as a replacement for the recently-departed Frank Clark.

22. Baltimore Ravens — Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech

This offseason saw the end of Terrell Suggs’ 16-season Ravens career. It won’t be easy to replace him but, in Ferguson, the Ravens will have an ultra-talented yet raw playmaker with a history of production: 17.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss in 2018. The Ravens have a history of developing defensive talent and this is a great fit for both sides.

23. Houston Texans — Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

The Texans would be overjoyed if any of the top tackles fall to them at #23. Greg Little does and will be on a plane to Houston.

24. Oakland Raiders (via Bears) — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

The Raiders essentially control the draft with a almost-unprecedented three picks in the first round. Head coach Jon Gruden isn’t a Derek Carr fan. Drew Lock lacks polish but has a huge arm and tonnes of potential, he may compete in 2019 but look for him to start in 2020.

25. Philadelphia Eagles — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Williams is seen by some as the best corner in the draft. He will expect to be drafted much higher than #25 so will go into Philly with a huge chip on his shoulder. He’ll fit right in.

26. Indianapolis Colts — Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Despite more cap room than any other team, the Colts were relatively quiet during free agency. Chris Ballard is sticking to his philosophy of building through the draft and with his track record to date, it’s hard to doubt him. Baker fills an immediate need for the Colts.

27. Oakland Raiders (via Cowboys) — Irv Smith, TE, Alabama

The departure of Jared Cook opens up 101 targets on the Raiders offense. With no real competition on the roster at tight end, Smith would catch plenty of balls in this rookie season if Derek Carr is still the starter.

28. LA Chargers — Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State

Bradbury is one of the most talented offensive linemen in the draft. He has the ability to play all five positions but excels at guard or centre. Look for him to start at guard from day one while giving the Chargers a premium backup to veteran center Mike Pouncey.

29. Seattle Seahawks (via Chiefs) — Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

The Seahawks may very well go offensive line here depending who’s left on the board, but here they double down on remaking the defensive line with Clemson standout Christian Wilkins. Despite making Russell Wilson the highest-paid player in the NFL, the Seahawks are and will always be defense-first team under Pete Carroll.

30. Green Bay Packers (via Saints) — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

The Packers give Aaron Rodgers another offensive weapon in A.J. Brown. After being hurt in back-to-back seasons, look for Rodgers to return to MVP form in 2019 in a refreshed offensive with new playmakers.

31. LA Rams — Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Risner has been a late riser in the process, applauded for his versatility and toughness; there was hope he would fall to the Broncos in round two.

32. New England Patriots — Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Simmons would be a top-five pick if he wasn’t hurt. Set to miss most if not all of the 2019 season with a torn ACL, the Patriots grab Simmons at a heavy discount at the bottom of the first round.

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Rucker Mock Draft 1.0

The Underwear Olympics has been and gone, Pro Days are heading the same way, and NFL teams have splashed hundreds of millions and made some wild trades in the first two weeks of free agency.

The 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, TN is now just four weeks away, and it should be a wild one, so it’s time for a wild mock draft.

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#1 Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB,, Oklahoma

Kliff Kingsbury stays true to his word and gets his quarterback of the future. Rosen becomes expendable, and the New York Giants trade their 17th overall pick to get Eli Manning’s successor.

#2 San Francisco 49ers — Nick Bosa EDGE, Ohio St

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan couldn’t be happier with Bosa falling to them. Considered one of the best overall prospects in this draft, Bosa will partner up with newly-acquired Dee Ford to create a strong one-two punch.

#3 New York Jets — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Jets pass on some good EDGE rushers to get one of the most disruptive interior linemen in the draft.

#4 Oakland Raiders — Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Mark Davis does the most Al Davis thing and drafts whoever the heck he wants. They have a need at running back and two more picks in the first round, so why not get the guy you want right away?

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#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Devin White, LB, LSU

With Tampa Bay losing Kwan Alexander to the 49ers in free agency, they look to upgrade at the position and fill the void with one of the most talented linebackers in the draft.

#6 New York Giants — Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

With their QB situation taken care of by trading for Rosen, the Giants don’t have to reach for someone, can focus on an area of need, and find a steal in Allen at six.

#7 Jacksonville Jaguars — Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

The Jags have had to let go of some key figures in their defense this offseason, and with Nick Foles being signed to start at QB, they now look to add to an already strong defense.

#8 Detroit Lions — Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi St

The run on EDGE rushers continues with the Lions picking up a darling of the NFL Scouting Combine. His recent news of a heart condition doesn’t scare the Lions away with the potential talent he could bring to their defense.

#9 Buffalo Bills — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

The Bills pass on the chance to take the top offensive lineman to protect second-year QB Josh Allen and strengthen the defensive line with Oliver.

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#10 Washington Redskins (via trade with Denver) – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio St

The Broncos have their pick of the litter for QBs not named Murray but Washington comes calling with a swap of first round picks plus a second this year (#46 overall) and a second round pick in 2020. Washington is concerned about Alex Smith’s future and sees an opportunity to grab their QB of the future now with pro ready Haskins.

#11 Cincinnati Bengals — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Having missed out on White, the Bengals dive in for Bush, who will make an immediate impact.

#12 Green Bay Packers — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Veteran tight ends Jimmy Graham and Mercedes Lewis are approaching the tail ends of their respective careers, and Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons. Fant is the type of TE that will be hard to cover with his athleticism in the passing game.

#13 Miami Dolphins — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

The Dolphins recently signed Ryan Fitzpatrick but they know he isn’t the long-term answer. With Washington leap-frogging them for Haskins, the Fins go with the next best QB prospect with hopes that he will be what they thought Tannehill would be.

#14 Atlanta Falcons — Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida St

The Falcons pick up an EDGE rusher to pair with Vic Beasley, creating a strong combo on defense. Plus, with a name like Burns, how can he not be a top EDGE rusher?

PFF’s Mike Renner looks at why Christian Wilkins is a first-round pick

#15 Denver Broncos (from Was) – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

With the Broncos allowing Domata Peko to test free agency, Shelby Harris is the only natural nose tackle left on the roster. Wilkins can be a disruptive force in the interior that has been missing since Malik Jackson took the big bucks in Jacksonville after winning the Super Bowl. With Wilkins in the middle, Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Derek Wolfe can cause even more chaos on the outside.

#16 Carolina Panthers — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Panthers QB Cam Newton says he’s giving up sex (temporarily) to become a better QB. The Panthers help him out by picking up a strong tackle prospect to protect him.

#17 Arizona Cardinals (via trade with NYG) — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

With their new QB of the future taken care of, they pick up a receiving weapon that will help stretch the field and give Murray an explosive down-field target.

#18 Minnesota Vikings — Cody Ford, OG, Oklahoma

The Vikings strengthen their O-line to protect Kirk Cousins. Ford may not have tested well at the combine but his strength and ability give him a big upside.

#19 Tennessee Titans – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

Ferrell has seen his draft stock drop in recent weeks, but his talent — and the Titans’ need for a consistent pass rush — keep him in the first round.

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#20 Pittsburgh Steelers — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

While initial rounds of mock drafts had Greedy Williams and DeAndre Baker going early, their momentum has recently cooled off while Murphy’s seems to have stayed consistent. He will be a valuable addition to a defense that needs to strengthen their secondary.

#21 Seattle Seahawks — Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

The Seahawks lost one of the last remaining members of the vaunted Legion of Boom when Earl Thomas left for Baltimore this offseason. Thompson can bring back the aggressive nature of the position and some excitement back into the defense.

#22 Baltimore Ravens — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Brown’s name has been climbing up the ranks recently. The Ravens need a weapon for second-year QB Lamar Jackson after losing Michael Crabtree and John Brown in free agency.

#23 Houston Texans — Andre Dillard OT, Washington St

Protecting QB DeShaun Watson has become priority #1 for the Texans. Since Watson was drafted, the Texans are 14-9 with him and 1-8 without him. Dillard’s performance at the combine keeps him as a first-round consideration.

#24 Oakland Raiders — DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

With the RB position addressed early on, the Raiders find themselves in a promising position with one of the top CB prospects still available. Baker can come in right away and strengthen one of the Raiders’ biggest weaknesses.

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#25 Philadelphia Eagles – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Carson Wentz hasn’t been able to stay healthy in his two years as the Eagles starter. They fortify their line to keep Wentz on his feet with Williams.

#26 Indianapolis Colts — N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St

The Colts strengthened their O-line to keep Andrew Luck healthy. Now they give him a weapon in big, physical receiver N’Keal Harry.

#27 Oakland Raiders — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The Raiders finish up their splashy first round by picking Jared Cook’s replacement in Hockenson. He may not be as athletic as former teammate Noah Fant but he is a well-rounded, do-it-all TE that can block as well as make the necessary catches.

#28 LA Chargers — Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

The Chargers strengthen the interior of the D-line to take attention away from DE Joey Bosa and plug up running lanes.

#29 Kansas City Chiefs — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The Chiefs have one of the most dynamic offenses in the league, but one of the worst defenses. Williams gives them a solid piece to their secondary along with FA signee Tyrann Mathieu that should help slow down the opposing offenses.

#30 Green Bay Packers — Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St

The Packers addressed the offense with their first pick and choose to go defensive with this pick. Abram is known as a tough safety that can be an enforcer on the field.

#31 LA Rams – Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State

The Rams may have lost some key defensive players, but are still in good shape on that side of the ball. They decide to bring in Bradbury to anchor their O-line and help direct Jared Goff’s offense.

#32 New England Patriots — Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

The Patriots may try to trade out of this spot but they don’t find an attractive enough offer. They go with Tillery who should be a plug-and-play starter on defense.

Will Brinson Mock 1.0

Will Brinson Mock 1.0

Broncos (10): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

This pick should not surprise anyone. However, Brinson keeps the Broncos at 10 and lets Lock fall to them instead of trading up.

With many analysts viewing Lock as more of a second-round talent, this is still a likely scenario even with quarterback-needy teams picking ahead of the Broncos.

Brinson has the New York Giants passing on a quarterback for the second year in a row and has the Jacksonville Jaguars taking Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins at #7.

That allows the Broncos to stay put and get their guy.

Pro Football Focus looks at what Drew Lock will bring to the NFL

How does Lock fit with the Broncos?

With the Broncos taking him at #10 instead of trading up to #5 it might be easier to stomach letting him sit behind Keenum for a year.

But if Keenum slips up at all, you can bet all of Broncos Country will be screaming at the top of their internet lungs calling for Lock to be put in as the starter.

To many, taking a first-round quarterback means the team should probably plan to start him in year 1. But with Lock’s deficiencies the Broncos might opt to give him some time before throwing him into the fire.

Who was still available?

There were plenty of good players available at #10, but none that fill an immediate need for the Broncos.

If the Broncos don’t swoop for Lock, they could also consider Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, who had an impressive season at Oklahoma playing in the shadow of 2018 first-overall pick Baker Mayfield.

Murray is a dynamic dual-threat QB that can sling the ball downfield or take off running with a quickness you almost never see in a quarterback.

His downside is that he is very small (5-10, 190 pounds) for an NFL quarterback, and has one season as a full-time starter, but his accuracy is among the best in this class.

LSU cornerback Greedy Williams is also still available at #10, along with Deandre Baker, another corner that should go in the first round.

The Broncos could also look at versatile Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson to solve their woes at that position, but they have bigger needs to fill this early in the draft.

Who should the Broncos take in the 2019 NFL Draft?

A new head coach, new offensive and defensive coordinators, and a renewed sense of urgency in the Mile High City means the Denver Broncos’ future rests on a successful 2019 NFL Draft class.

Do the Broncos risk taking a quarterback early in a weak class with several needs on defense?

With an ever-growing influx of mock drafts in recent weeks, we rounded up Broncos Europe contributors to give their thoughts on who the Denver Broncos should select with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 draft.

As with the expert draft analysts, we couldn’t reach a consensus either.

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Colum: We have to go all out to get Dwayne Haskins. The New York Jets at three are the most likely to be willing to trade and it won’t be cheap but we’ll go nowhere without a QB.

Kade: A defensive player such as Greedy Williams, Devin White, or Deandre Baker.

John Elway has a much better track record of drafting good defensive players than he does offensive and therefore should use their highest pick on one of the best defenders in the draft.

The Broncos have obvious needs at cornerback behind Chris Harris Jr. with how poorly Bradley Roby performed and the likelihood that Roby will leave in free agency.

So either Williams or Baker could come in right away and fill that spot to get the No Fly Zone back on track.

White is a beast of a linebacker. He is fast enough to keep up with running backs and probably most tight ends, can get to the QB, and seems to have a nose for the ball.

The Broncos wouldn’t need to trade up for one of these players and could even potentially trade down a few spots to pick up some more draft capital from another quarterback needy team wanting to move up.

Elway showed he could find starter-quality players in last year’s draft and he needs to do that again this year, so stockpiling more picks wouldn’t be the worst move if the player they want would still be available later in the first round.

Several mock drafts have the Broncos taking Missouri’s Drew Lock

Mark: Drew Lock is a raw talent and could be the future, so if he is there at 10, Elway may strike.

For years now, the Broncos haven’t had speed in the middle of the field, and LSU linebacker Devin White has that in abundance.

He can make big plays for the defense and maybe, just maybe, the Broncos could be able to cover a tight end for once.

Gareth: If the Broncos can strike a deal with the New York Jets that doesn’t mean selling the farm to see off other quarterback-needy teams, they should go after Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Not only is he the best quarterback in the 2019 class, but he’s the best fit for the West Coast offense.

If the asking price is too much, the best thing the Broncos can do is hold position at 10 and draft the best cornerback available to take over from Bradley Roby. The Broncos should hit on either Greedy Williams or Deandre Baker, but even Byron Murphy would be a great addition.

Devin White would be a nice pick at inside linebacker, especially if Brandon Marshall leaves, but cornerback has to be the priority.

Chad Reuter Mock 1.0

Chad Reuter Mock 1.0

Broncos (10): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

In Reuter’s mock, quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock are off the board before the Broncos can make their pick, so they “settle” for what looks like the next best option at that position.

Even though Murray is far from the best player available at that point in the draft, QB is still viewed as the greatest position of need for the Broncos and they don’t hesitate to fill it.

Murray is a dynamic playmaker that can hurt you with his arm and his legs. He threw for 42 touchdowns and rushed for 12 more in his only year as a full-time starter for the Sooners.

He also had a 69 percent completion percentage and threw for a total of 4,361 yards. By comparison, former Sooners and current Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield had a 70.5 percent completion percentage, threw for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns, and rushed for five more touchdowns in his final season in Oklahoma.

Mayfield doesn’t pose the same threat on the ground as Murray as he only rushed for 311 yards, compared to Murray’s 1,001 and in his last year at OU Mayfield had 27 more pass attempts than Murray did last year.

However, Mayfield does have a height (6-1) and weight (215lbs) advantage that makes him a better NFL QB option in the eyes of most analysts.

Do you want a dual-threat QB in the Mile High City?

How does Murray fit with the Broncos?

The Broncos need a quarterback badly. Murray is a QB that was available at the #10 in this mock, but the fit doesn’t end there. Murray could provide the Broncos with a genuine dual-threat quarterback they have never had before — Tim Tebow was not a dual-threat because he had terrible accuracy.

Sure, they’ve had “mobile” quarterbacks in the past but none with the quickness and running ability of Murray to go along throwing ability. Murray is more than just a running quarterback because he can throw the ball with strength and accuracy.

He is known for his accuracy on short and intermediate throws and can improvise when under pressure — think Patrick Mahomes’ versatility.

His baseball background gives him an advantage as can throw accurately from different angles on the run. He might not have as strong of an arm as Lock, but he can still get the ball out quickly with pace.

He also has good pocket presence that will be essential playing behind the Broncos line as it currently stands, although we should expect some changes there during the offseason.

Who was still available?

OT Jonah Williams, LB Devin White, CB Greedy Williams, and QB Daniel Jones are some of the bigger names still available when the Broncos make their pick in this mock.

Jones is probably more of a late first or second round pick even in this thin QB draft class, so the Broncos would obviously take the player with more potential upside.

The others would all be plug-and-play additions to the Broncos roster and would probably make more sense than a 5-10 QB with only one year of starter experience, but he would be a flashy pick to get Broncos Country hyped.

Broncos trade up for Haskins in PFF mock

Broncos trade up for Haskins in PFF mock

Pro Football Focus analyst Mike Renner thinks the Denver Broncos will trade up to third to take Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Haskins is widely tipped to be the first quarterback off the board and out of John Elway’s reach with the Broncos owning the 10th overall pick, but Renner’s post-Super Bowl mock proposes a trade with the New York Jets.

“John Elway can’t look his fanbase in the eyes if he goes into 2019 with Case Keenum as the quarterback,” Renner said.

“He also can’t sit back and see where the chips fall with multiple QB-needy teams in front of him.

“It won’t be cheap, but the Broncos have to make a move.”

Dwayne Haskins is widely tipped to be the first QB drafted in 2019

The rebuilding Jets are in a perfect position with the third overall pick. They moved up from sixth to third in 2018 to draft quarterback Sam Darnold.

With a new head coach in 2019, and audibly playing the long game, the Jets would welcome a sizable haul of draft picks.

Haskins’ most likely destination appears to be the New York Giants with the sixth overall pick, but the Jets would be happy to see their city rivals miss out on the best quarterback in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Elway could also place a call to friend John Lynch in San Francisco if he feels a move to second overall is needed to land the New Jersey native, but moving to third is more likely.

Either way, the Broncos can expect to part with several picks over the next two or three seasons to have a chance of landing Haskins.

CBS mock draft has Broncos taking QB Daniel Jones

CBS mocks have Broncos taking QB Daniel Jones

Some Denver Broncos fans might have an eye or two on the NFL playoffs this month, but here we’re keeping one eye on who will deny Tom Brady another ring and one eye on who the Broncos should draft in April.

The perennial draft question for the Broncos is will John Elway finally find their new franchise quarterback?

He’s tried a few times and failed.

Meanwhile AFC West rivals Kansas City traded up in the first round in 2017 and landed their guy Patrick Mahomes, Houston traded up to grab former Clemson star DeSean Watson, and the Baltimore Ravens traded back into the first round in 2018 to land their guy in Lamar Jackson.

All three were players the Broncos could have drafted, but didn’t.

Of course, the last time Elway traded up in the first round to get his quarterback was in 2016. We all know how Paxton Lynch worked out.

So will Elway pull the trigger in 2019 after admitting that current starter Case Keenum is “a short-term fix”?

CBS sports writer Ryan Wilson has the Broncos drafting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones 10th overall with Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins already off the board.

CBS writer Chris Trapasso also has the Broncos taking Jones 10th overall.

The old joke is that Elway likes big, athletic quarterbacks. It didn’t work out with Lynch, or 2012 second-round pick Brock Osweiler, but Jones could be the next athletic quarterback gamble the Broncos could take.

The big difference, however, could be that Jones has been coached by David Cutcliffe, who also coached Peyton Manning and brother Eli.

Jones isn’t a finished article but could learn a lot from Keenum and new offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, who worked with quarterbacks in San Francisco.

Here’s what Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told ESPNU radio host Mark Packer after watching the Jones for the first time ahead of Clemson’s game with Duke in Death Valley last November.

“We have not played Duke since 2012 and we have not had a lot of crossover tape with Duke, so I put the tape in and I usually start from their last game and I go from there,” Swinney said.

“But I am watching this Duke-North Carolina game, and I could not believe what I was seeing.

“This kid was unbelievable. This kid is huge. First of all, he is a 6-5, 220-pound quarterback, but he rushed for 186 yards.

“I’m talking a 72-yard run, 50-yard run, and he is pulling away from guys. He is not explosive latterly, but when he gets going, this guy can leave you. He has legit track speed straight ahead.”

Daniel Jones is a big-bodied, dual-threat quarterback that could tempt John Elway

While Jones set the Duke single-game rushing record in the 42-35 win over rivals North Carolina, his passing has also impressed throughout the season.

“He is incredibly accurate. He is very strong-armed,” Swinney added. “I just kept watching him and kept watching him, and I am like, ‘Oh my Lord!’

“He is very knowledgeable and is obviously very well coached with [head coach David Cutcliffe]. He is a pro. He is going to be a high pick in the draft for sure.

“I did not know a whole lot about him prior to our preparation for him, but I tell you what, he got my attention really quick, and he got our team’s attention.

“This is a very talented quarterback with good veteran receivers and good tight ends, and they have an excellent scheme that features him. Everything goes through the quarterback.”

Our friends at Pro Football Focus aren’t as impressed as Clemson’s head coach.

“The 2019 draft class is a decidedly weak quarterback class and when that’s the case, an off-the-wall name always seems to get first-round hype at some point in the process,” said PFF’s Michael Renner.

“It looks as if Jones will be that guy this year. The Duke quarterback’s 79.7 passing grade this season represents a monstrous jump over his 2017 campaign where he earned a 57.8 passing grade, but he simply hasn’t had enough special throws down the field to warrant the hype.

“Jones’ 13 big-time throws this season rank 71st in the country, and he has almost as many turnover-worthy plays (11) as he does big-time throws.”

Pro Football Focus labeled Jones as overrated despite his rise up their draft board in 2018.

Jones had a solid, if unspectacular, 2018 season for the Blue Devils and, after declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft, accepted an invitation to be one of eight quarterbacks at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile on January 26.

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden will coach Jones and fellow first-round prospect Drew Lock as part of the North team against Kyle Shanahan’s South team.

If he shines in Mobile and at the NFL Combine, Jones could certainly find several suitors when the 2019 NFL Draft rolls into Nashville in April.