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Denver Broncos NFL Draft Breakdown

The Denver Broncos are in a tough division, but the future is bright for the first time in years.
This entry is part 10 of 32 in the series 2019 NFL Draft Breakdown

The Denver Broncos had a rough year in 2018. They once again struggled with juggling QBs. Will this be the year they get back to the top?

This is how they Drafted for 2019.

Players Drafted

PlayerPickPositionSchool
Noah Fant20TEIowa
Dalton Risner41OLKansas State
Drew Lock42QBMissouri
Dre'Mont Jones71DTOhio State
Justin Hollins156LBOregon
Juwaan Winfree187WRColorado

Notable UDFA

PlayerPositionSchool
Quinn BaileyOTArizona State
George AstonFBPittsburgh
John LeglueOTTulane
Brett RypienQBBoise State
Ahmad GoodenDLSamford

TEAM 2019 Outlook

Offense

The Broncos have had more QBs in the last few years than most teams have in a decade. This season the start the year with former Raven Joe Flacco behind center. We have all seen what Flacco can do as a starting QB and its not pretty. If the Broncos are having a bad season by the bye week in week 10, expect new addition Drew Lock to take over QB duties for the remainder of the season.

The former Missouri product was the 42nd overall selection by the Broncos and will surely be the answer to their QB problems of late. He averaged a QBR of 138.8 across four years of college. This kid can sling the pill.

Iowa TE Noah Fant was the first player to receive a Broncos jersey in the Draft. This was an excellent choice by GM John Elway. Fant is known for being a good blocker, but he has great short game quickness, making him the perfect slot receiver. He runs an almost perfect route and will add plenty to the Broncos offensive options.

With the 41st pick, the Broncos selected Kansas State RG Dalton Risner. He will slip right into the role from day one and will be able to help protect his QB on the open side. Risner is one of the best offensive tackles in the 2019 draft. He is probably the most pro-ready player this year. Rarely does he lose a 1 vs 1 situation. He has great hands, is punishing on the drive with a physical and aggressive manner to his game. What is not the like. The guy has great mobility, a good football IQ and is often seen calling out plays or moving guys into position.

UDFA signing John Leglue will sit behind former Cowboys Ronald Leary at the LG role but could make the position his own with hard work and dedication. He has the talents needed to play in the NFL and could be the surprise packet for the Broncos in 2019.

Another UDFA with first-team potential is former Arizona State OL Quinn Bailey. Bailey will fill the RT depth chart to start the season but look for him later in the year to get some game time.

Defense

Ohio State DT Dre’Mont Jones was the Broncos first defensive selection at pick 71. He will sit in the depth chart now as a Nose Tackle. This won't last long. Jones is an excellent interior pass rusher. He is flexible, bends around the arc and hunts QBs like deer. He knows how to use his hands and plays with leverage. Exciting times ahead for the Broncos defense.

The only other defensive player drafted was Oregon LB Justin Hollins at pick 156. Hollins comes to Denver as an impressive athlete with edge rushing ability. He has short-area quickness and disrupts the play in front of him. Use of hands needs some work, but he can deliver when needed to. Expect him to be a starter before long. He commands the backfield as any good LB should.

Grade: A

Overall the Broncos have done a great job with their 2019 Draft class. Exciting times ahead for a team which has struggled of late. They are in a tough division but will push the other three teams all the way.

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Spinksy

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Covering players from College Freshman to NFL Hall of Famers and everything in between. This isn't only a passion for me, its a way of life.

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