AFC West Pre-Draft Review: Denver Broncos

Case Keenum Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos are a team in transition.

Last season, the Broncos finished 5-11 splitting their season series against the Oakland Raiders. They struggled as many of their position players aged quickly and were unable to solidify a starting quarterback.

They made a big free agent acquisition signing quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year $36 Million contract, who supplants the three-headed quarterback monster of 2017 in Trevor SiemianBrock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch. They also traded for former Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens. Notable subtractions are Aqib Talib, who signed with the Los Angeles Rams, and Virgil Green who went to the Rams future tenants, the Chargers. Also gone are quarterbacks Siemian and Osweiler, and running back C.J. Anderson.

John Elway Denver Broncos
Broncos GM John Elway says the team is willing to trade the fifth overall pick in the draft.

Scouting Possible Moves for Broncos in 2018 Draft

The Broncos have the number five overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Many projections have the Broncos  taking a quarterback or possibly North Carolina State linebacker Bradley Chubb with that first pick. Just this week, Broncos General Manager John Elway said he was “open to trading” the pick, in essence, telling other teams he’s willing to listen to offers. That’s significant as a run on quarterbacks early is expected. If Elway were to trade down, he’d likely pick up additional high-round picks to help replenish his thin roster.

Could his talk of trading out of the fifth pick be typical NFL pre-draft smoke and mirrors? Perhaps.

With Elway publicly saying the team is willing to trade means teams have to take it a bit more seriously. Immediate trade partners could be the Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, or even the New England Patriots. The Broncos also have nine more picks in the 2018 NFL draft. Seven are their own –  and in the top five of each round. They also have a compensatory pick (99), a pick acquired from San Francisco (109), and Atlanta’s fifth round pick (163).

Entering next week the Broncos truly are an enigma. They could draft their quarterback of the future, or trade down. They need help in the secondary and especially on the offensive line. They also have a glaring hole at running back. Unless the Broncos blow the draft, they are in pretty good shape to add quality talent up and down their roster.

Next up in my pre-draft series is the Kansas City Chiefs.

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