Future Broncos: An early look

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Future Broncos: An early look

Postby chenyan94 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:11 pm

at Denver’s 2019 NFL Draft needs It wasn’t too long ago that the Denver Broncos finished selecting their 2018 NFL Draft class — which was met with rave reviews across various outlets.Through OTA’s Courtland Sutton Jersey , training camp and the preseason, many of the Broncos’ selections have impressed and looked poised to make an impact in their rookie campaigns. Third-round pick Royce Freeman is your starting running back and will be the franchise’s bell-cow in the backfield. Second-round wide receiver Courtland Sutton showed glimpses of greatness during the offseason and will prove to be a significant upgrade for the team’s aerial assault. Last but not least, defensive players Bradley Chubb and Josey Jewell appear to ready to hit the ground running and provide a significant boost for the Broncos’ defense and be long-time, high-caliber starters in the league.So while we are all eager to see how they perform in 2018, it’s never to early to get the discussion rolling on what’s on the horizon for the Broncos and their potential future needs in the 2019 NFL Draft.Offensive TackleThe Broncos are hopeful 2017 first-round selection Garett Bolles takes a major leap forward in his second season and the team acquired long-time veteran Jared Veldheer to upgrade their right tackle spot this year. Unfortunately, Veldheer is getting older in age and in the final year of his contract, so fans shouldn’t expect him to be a long-term solution to the continuous problem the franchise has had at the position. Furthermore, neither Billy Turner or Elijah Wilkinson project as future starters — so the Broncos should be diligent in their scouting of this year’s offensive tackle crop to solidify the position for the future.Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams is the blue-chip prospect at the position this year, but unless the franchise secures a top ten draft selection, they will have no shot at getting him — so it’ll be wise to look elsewhere. A handful of other prospects such as Chris Lindstrom of Boston College, Yodny Cajuste of West Virginia, Dalton Risner of Kansas State and Bobby Evans of Oklahoma will merit early round consideration and would provide the team with a viable solution at the right tackle spot for years to come.Four other names with Broncos’ connections to keep an eye on are Washington tackles Trey Adams and Kaleb McGary, who were both coached early on in their collegiate careers by current Denver offensive tackle coach Chris Strausser. Additionally, Wisconsin standouts David Edwards and Michael Dieter man are coached by Paul Chryst, the brother of Broncos’ tight end coach Geep Chryst — leaving little doubt that they will be high on the team’s list of players to scout at the position.Interior Defensive LineDenver’s defensive line looks to be a significant strength entering their 2018 campaign, but perhaps the biggest question mark for the team is who will man down the nose tackle spot in the future. Long-time veteran Domata Peko Sr. had a tremendous year with the Broncos last season, but is in the final year of a two-year deal. Moreover, the team has virtually no depth or long-term prospects in the wings at the position.Alabama’s Raekwon Davis and Houston’s Ed Oliver headline an extremely versatile and deep interior defensive line class, but both should be long gone before the Broncos make their first selection. Clemson’s Christian Wilkins would have likely been a first-round pick had he entered this past draft, but opted to return to Clemson to earn his degree and help the Tigers in their pursuit of a championship. His teammate, junior underclassmen Dexter Lawrence is a gigantic presence on the defensive interior at 6’4, 350 pounds and is known for being a great run defender and opening up opportunities for those around him to get after the quarterback. He admitted he was playing injured all of last season, so if he stays healthy and performs well this year, he should easily be a first-round pick.Demarcus Christmas of Florida State and Ricky Walker of Virginia Tech are two other players to take note of throughout the college football season and are likely Day 2 draft selections, but a sleeper name to keep in mind is Jeffrey Simmons of Mississippi State — who has top-flight skills, but major character concerns that could cause him to slide when April comes around.CornerbackWith the league continuously evolving in respect to the passing game, finding quality defensive backs who can cover continues to be a premium for teams in the NFL Draft — with large amounts of prospects being taken early and often. Chris Harris Jr. is undoubtedly one of the best corners in the game and the team has big hopes for Bradley Roby, who will replace the jettisoned Aqib Talib this year. However, Roby is a free agent after this season and if the Broncos want to keep him, they will have to bring in the Brinks truck.The franchise brought in Adam Jones and Tramaine Brock on one-year deals Courtland Sutton Jersey , so it’s safe to say they aren’t long-term options for the team. Furthermore, while I was high on Isaac Yiadom in last year’s draft — he has a ways to go before he is ready to be a starter in this league and it’s doubtful that former third-round pick and practice squad relegate Brendan Langley ever becomes the starting caliber player the Broncos’ hoped they would be when he was selected two years ago.This year’s corner class is a bit thin compared to the past several drafts, but still has a handful of quality prospects that can be starters in the league. The highlight of the group is Louisiana State phenom Greedy Williams, who had an incredible 2017 campaign with six interceptions. Florida State’s Levonta Taylor is also a first-round caliber player and elite cover man, but is extremely undersized at 5’10 and 180 pounds. Other names to consider are Clemson underclassmen Trayvon Mullen and Deandre Baker of Georgia, who each registered three interceptions last year and appear to have their best football ahead of them. I’ll give you two more: Damon Arnette of Ohio State and Julian Blackmon out of Utah are two of my favorite underlcassmen prospects who could rise significantly if they perform well this year and most certainly have a chance to be high picks in 2019. Ed Oliver seems to be someone with both freakish physical ability and the "it" factor. Sign me up."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos Free AgencyBroncos DraftBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旴reaking NewsBroncos 2019 Draft Class Announced脳Broncos podcastsDenver should draft high character playersNew,74commentsEd Oliver seems to be someone with both freakish physical ability and the “it” factor. Sign me up. Denver should draft high character playersThomas B. Shea-USA TODAY SportsIt’s the time of year when we get to read, listen to and talk about the 2019 draft ad nauseam with almost zero actual idea of what will happen. It’s a fun time of guessing, hypothesizing and falling in love with certain players who have at best a 50-50 chance of succeeding in the NFL. This is a tough league and there is only one certainty that comes out of each and every draft - nothing is certain. GMs and their staffs fail over and over and over in their attempt to find talent in each level of the draft and yet they keep their jobs and are granted another year or more to pick names out of a hat and slap them on their “wish list”. Of course, a lot goes into scouting players, watching film and interviewing guys by asking really stupid questions but with such consistent inconsistency it really doesn’t seem like a big exaggeration to say that you and I could be just as good at seeing NFL talent/intelligence in college players than these “pros”. The key word here is intelligence and it’d be fitting to add the words character or perhaps “football player” as well. Scouts and GMs and football nerds can spend countless hours in watching film and say which players are the fastest, quickest, strongest or baddest but they can’t seem to be able to recognize the players that have “it.”The “it” factor is vitally important to finding athletes who will be successful in the top level of football and discovering this and elite physical talent in a young player seems to be nearly impossible. John Elway has apparently realized the importance of “it” and intelligence in young players, and in 2018 he brought in a group of what appears to be really smart and skilled guys. We should all hope that in doing his research he will find the same success in 2019 and other future drafts. Now, who do I think will be the right fit at #10 in terms of ability and character? Of course it’s a crap-shoot as always but I’ll throw out three names that both make some sense and have been rumored to have peeked the interest of the big wigs at Dove Valley. Devin WhiteWhite is a guy I have liked since the regular season ended and the discussion about this draft class began. He’s crazy fast and athletic for an ILB and won the Butkus award as the top LB in the NCAA last season. He was also a full-time captain for his sophomore season and thus clearly shows the ability to be a leader both on and off the field. Love it. Drew LockI have not been so hot about Lock, but he does appear to be a guy with very good leadership skills and a fantastic personality. He is a media darling and would be a really good “face of the franchise” and that together with his big arm and ability to make all the throws does, in fact, put him on my list of guys the Broncos should look at. That said, I firmly believe that he’s not a top-ten talent and I don’t think that the Broncos will select him that high.Ed OliverOliver may be my favorite personality in the whole list of top 10 candidates. He claims that his absurd strength and toughness come from “being a country boy” and working with horses since he was a kid. He’s a big-nasty guy, but many experts think he hasn’t even scratched the surface of his abilities, and with proper coaching, he could become a monster talent. He’s humble, hard-working and perfectly fits my idea of a guy with the right “locker-room morality.” Oliver would do things the right way and that would be a great addition to this team.Of course there are many other players who could fall to 10 that may fit the bill and there’s always the possibility that the team trades back in the draft. But these are three guys that very possibly may be the future star of the Denver Broncos.Who would you pick?MHR Radio is now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Acast, Stitcher,TuneIn and anywhere else you get your podcasts. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.
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