With the 2018 NFL Draft less than two weeks away, many lives will soon be changed forever as they are chosen by teams to become the future stars of the national football league.The Denver Broncos had a very disappointing year in 2017 and are looking to make a turnaround and reclaim their place at the top of the AFC West. We will take a look at a mock draft for the Broncos, this draft they have 8 picks through five rounds of this year’s NFL Draft. They have the opportunity to fix the holes in the team. Before we look at the draft, let’s look at the team needs for the Denver Broncos heading into the draft since free agency.
Team Needs: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Offensive Line, Tight End, Defensive Line
Round 1-Pick 5: Josh Rosen, QB UCLA
With the Broncos having the 5th overall pick and having a need at quarterback, it would be ludacris for the Broncos not to select one. In a prior mock draft, I put down the Broncos taking Baker Mayfield. The only problem is that it sounds to me like since the New York Jets traded up, they have their eyes set on Mayfield. This would leave Denver to take the next best QB. In my opinion, Rosen is the best-developed pocket passer, he just lacks the swagger and magic of Mayfield. However, with Keenum on a short-term deal, it makes total sense they pick the best player available.
Round 2-Pick 40: Mike McGlinchey, OT Notre Dame
Denver’s offensive line has been abysmal the last number of years. The weakest part of the line has been the right tackle position. With the second pick, the Broncos select a big tackle in McGlinchey and he helps solidify that offensive line. With Donald Stephenson no longer with the team, there’s a real chance to help better this team with this second round selection.
Round 3-Pick 71: Harrison Phillips, DL Stanford
This pick makes sense for a few reasons. The main reason is that the defensive line needs more help and depth and players that are older such as Domata Peko can only play so long before younger players will surpass them. The other reason is the Stanford connection. GM John Elway is a Stanford Alumni. Phillips is an agile defender that can hit the line quickly after the snap and immediately helps against the run.
Round 3-Pick 99: Mark Andrews, TE Oklahoma
With this pick, the Broncos get a big player that fills a need at tight end that has been lacking for a few years since Julius Thomas left the team. In all reality, the Broncos haven’t had a stud tight end since the great Shannon Sharpe. This pick makes sense due to the loss of Virgil Green and also with Jeff Heuerman not panning out or meeting any sort of expectations since he was drafted a few years ago.
Round 4-Pick 106: Cedric Wilson, WR Boise State
This may come to a surprise, but I have been very big on Cedric Wilson. I watched him play for two years for BSU and he was phenomenal. Wilson has some of the greatest hands in the draft and has great route knowledge. He would deliver solid help to a depleted receiving corps that lost Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler in free agency. The team only has Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Jordan Taylor on the current roster.
Round 4-Pick 113 (from Redskins): Rashad Penny, RB San Diego State
I picked Penny here because he’s a great size for a back and he has good speed and can make the cuts to make the big plays. There’s been some concern over his ability to make plays without having blockers though. He reminds me a lot of Marshall Faulk who also was an SDSU alumnus. Although I doubt he is Faulk 2.0, he would provide depth at running back and could be helpful if the Broncos were to let go or trade starter CJ Anderson.
Round 5-Pick 149 (from Redskins): Micah Kiser, LB Virginia
Kiser provides help to the defense and will be able to improve the skills he flashed in college. However, it also gives him the chance to learn and fine-tune his skills behind the best linebacker in the NFL, Von Miller. His addition to the Broncos would be very welcome as he provides depth behind Brandon Marshall and Von Miller.
Round 5-Pick 160 (from Rams): Javon Wims, WR Georgia
Wims provides depth to the Broncos receiving corps and has a chance to be one of the next greatest stars of the Nfl.
With all the problems that plagued the Broncos last year, if they were to make the changes needed that I listed out here, they would be well on their way to reclaiming the title of the AFC West. It’s unsure exactly who they will pick because, with the draft, plans can change at a moments notice. However, rest assured John Elway and company definitely have a plan for the Broncos. We won’t know what that plan is however until Draft Day which is less than two weeks away.
Until then, keep calm and Bronco on!