Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country.
The 2017 NFL Draft is only fifteen days away. Buckle up your bootstraps, because it's going to be one wild ride. The Denver Broncos have ten selections in this year's NFL Draft, but it wouldn't hurt for them to acquire some more selections to round our their roster and build a strong foundation for the future. Recent rumors suggest that trading down out of the first round is a possibility, which could end up giving the Broncos one of the biggest draft pick arsenals in team history.
Either way, regardless of what Denver does, loyal fans such as yourselves have to have a wish list of prospects for this year's NFL Draft, right? It's been a while since the Broncos selected someone I was really in love with. That prospect was University of Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno, who had a relatively productive stint with the team before having his career railed by injuries.
For this year's class, there are a few names that top my list. It's not the number one need for the team, but I'd like to see the Broncos draft a dynamic receiver. Penn State's Chris Godwin, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel and East Carolia's Zay Jones are players who I think can make an immediate impact and give the Broncos a dynamic and legitimate third receiver to help boost their offense.
I'm not enthused with this year's offensive linemen, but Pittsburgh guard Dorian Johnson and versatile interior lineman Pat Elflein of Ohio State looked to be premier players who will have long and successful careers in the NFL. If you are looking for a tackle project that has extreme upside, but not might be ready to battle his first year, Florida State's Roderick Johnson is certainly someone to keep an eye on. He has all the physical traits teams look for in a blindside protector, but needs to work on his overall technique to grow into the premier player he can become.
If the Broncos seek to improve the No Fly Zone, Colorado's Chidobe Awuzie, USC's Adoree' Jackson or West Virginia's Rasul Douglas would be fantastic selections who offer a lot of long-term potential and playmaking skills at cornerback. I'd also like to see Denver address the inside linebacker position, and Wake Forest's Marquel Lee and Ohio's Blair Brown would be nice Day 3 selections who could become high-end starters early in their careers.
I have absolutely no idea what John Elway and his staff will do two weeks from now, but all I can hope for is a great draft that helps us compete not only in 2017, but for the long haul as well.
The aforementioned are just a few of my favorite players on my wish list this year and I'd be interested in you sharing yours in the comment section.
As always, thank you for reading and here is today's offering of Horse Tracks.
Von Miller may take turn as Denver Broncos captain
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Von Miller predicts 2017 is 'gonna be my best year'
Broncos linebacker Von Miller made it clear Tuesday that he views his loss to Khalil Mack in Defensive Player of the Year voting as tangible motivation heading into this season.
Ex-Denver teammates Anthony Lynn and Vance Joseph now AFC West rivals
New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn and new Broncos coach Vance Joseph clashed twice last season as coordinators.
Demaryius Thomas plays it coy when discussing injured hip
Thomas knows the nature of the injury. He says he never considered surgery. He was pressed by a reporter on the details, but didn't offer much.
2017 NFL Draft rumors: Connecting players, AFC West teams
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AFC West Offseason Overhaul: Raiders ready to roll
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Philip Rivers sees similarities to Tony Romo, doesn't rule out move to TV
Philip RIvers understands and is fine with comparisons to Tony Romo, but he's not sure if the TV booth would suit him well.
Jaguars trade pass-rusher Chris Smith to Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday shipped a conditional 2018 draft choice to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for defensive end Chris Smith. Both teams confirmed the move on Twitter.
Seahawks' asking price for Richard Sherman is steep
The Seahawks are open to the idea of trading Richard Sherman, but how much would the All-Pro cornerback cost in a trade? So far, no team has come close to offering what Seattle wants for him.