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Denver Broncos currently hold the 6th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

These next few weeks will decide if the Broncos will pick in the top five or top ten.

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After the Denver Broncos 41 to 16 loss to the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos are now inching closer to picking in the top 5 of the 2018 NFL Draft. According to, the Denver Broncos as of Monday morning currently hold the 6th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Here’s the current top 10 NFL Draft order via

Current NFL Draft Order

Pick Team Record Strength Of Schedule
Pick Team Record Strength Of Schedule
1 Cleveland Browns 0-9 0.506
2 San Fransisco 49ers 1-9 0.527
3 New York Giants 1-8 0.5
4 Indianapolis Colts 3-7 0.473
5 Cincinnati Bengals 3-6 0.476
6 Denver Broncos 3-6 0.519
7 Los Angeles Chargers 3-6 0.525
8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-6 0.537
9 Houston Texans 3-6 0.537
10 Chicago Bears 3-6 0.605

The Broncos strength of schedule percentage is rather low, so that is why they’re picking ahead of the other teams with 3-6 records.

It’s safe to say at this point that the Broncos would be in the market for a quarterback if they end up picking this high. If they stay in this range, they should be in range to pick one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft.

It appears that the top three picks are locked in. The Cleveland Browns, San Fransisco 49ers, and New York Giants will be fighting it out for the top pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Picks 4 through 32 remain up in the air.

The Broncos do have some “winnable games” upcoming on their schedule, but with the way they’re playing, it’s tough to find a W in their remaining schedule. Remember, this team was dominated at home by the blundering New York Giants who appear to be on the verge of firing their Head Coach.

Here’s a look at the Broncos remaining schedule.

Broncos remaining schedule

Week Team Record
Week Team Record
11 Cincinnati Bengals 3-5
12 @Oakland Raiders 4-5
13 @Miami Dolphins 4-4
14 New York Jets 4-6
15 @Indianapolis Colts 3-7
16 Washington Redskins 4-5
17 Kansas City Chiefs 6-3

That’s not an overly tough schedule for the Broncos, but one that has plenty of draft implications.

The Bengals and Colts are currently ahead of the Broncos in the draft order, and those two games could help decide if they pick ahead of behind them when it’s all said and done. Also, a game against the New York Jets figures to be important as well as they’re a top 5 pick contender and a team who figures to be in the market for a quarterback themselves. So if the Broncos want their choice of top quarterback options, they would want to pick ahead of them.

It’s time for the Broncos to give up on the 2017 season and embrace the tank. Start playing the younger guys, give Paxton Lynch some reps, and just prepare for the 2018 season. I hate losing like the rest of you, but losing as many games as possible right now will (hopefully) greatly benefit the Broncos going forward. This will put them in range to select USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, or Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.

It’s time for the Broncos to #EmbraceTheTank and set their sites on finding their next quarterback of the future.


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