Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country.
In just one day, the 2017 NFL Draft will take place live from Philadelphia, where the Denver Broncos hold ten selections and have a great chance at bolstering their franchise not only for the 2017 season, but for years beyond that.
Here's your chance at a signed from our top pick in the 2017 @NFL Draft or other prizes!— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 25, 2017
Gotta play to win " https://t.co/ncv06DoEt1 pic.twitter.com/IHUPJ3jjnT
It will be a roller coaster ride of emotions for players in attendance and at home who will anxiously be waiting by their phones to receive that special phone call. That phone call signifies the end of one journey, but the beginning of another. That precious moment reinforces to each player that their years of hard work and dedication to the game of football has finally paid off. It's a momentous occasion none of them will ever forget. I hope they all cherish it — after all, you only get drafted once.
With that said, here are some of my predictions for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Hart's 2017 NFL Draft Predictions
The Denver Broncos don't select an offensive tackle in the first round
Conventional wisdom revolves around the Denver Broncos selecting an offensive tackle with their first round selection in this year's draft. I don't buy it and I'm not sure the team's top executives, scouts and coaches do either. John Elway has always stated that the team stays true to their board and selects the best player available. In my opinion, it's unlikely that an offensive tackle will be the best player on the board by the time the team's selection in the first round comes around.
A Broncos "coaching staff source" apparently told Matt Miller that the first round pick is a tackle and the team... https://t.co/MaUCrGY2W5— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) April 25, 2017
The Denver Broncos select a wide receiver in the second round
Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are one of the league's best duos at wide receiver, but behind them the talent is ambiguous at best and the team could sure use another threat on their roster. Look for the Broncos to address that need with a speedy wide receiver capable of beating defenses deep, as well as being able to work the middle of the field from the slot.
Joe Mixon gets drafted in the Top 40 selections
There's no doubting Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon's talent. He is arguably the most explosive offensive playmaker in this year's draft, but his off-the-field incident caught on tape has put his overall draft stock in jeopardy. However, all it takes is one team to believe in him and know his mind is right and set on dedicating his life to football. I believe a team in the Top 40 selections will forgive him for what he had done and opt to select him very early.
John Elway mum on Joe Mixon’s status on Broncos' draft board https://t.co/kcXXanHf4w pic.twitter.com/GkXCPd4pE5— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) April 24, 2017
Eastern Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones is a first round selection
Throughout the draft process, Clemson's Mike Williams, Western Michigan's Corey Davis and Washington's John Ross have been the three wide receivers talked about going in the first round. When the first day of the NFL Draft comes to an end, I wouldn't be surprised to see Eastern Carolina's Zay Jones be the fourth of an impressive crop of receivers to be selected in the first round.
Malik McDowell slides out of the first round
Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell has the chance to be a phenomenal player in the NFL, but some scouts have very serious concerns about the highly-talented Spartans product. When he is on, he is as good as any player in this draft, but his lack of maturity, issues with consistency and poor interviews throughout the draft process have left many teams questioning whether or not they should pick him early.
Top DT prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) April 24, 2017
1. Jonathan Allen
2. Malik McDowell
3. Caleb Brantley
4. Dalvin Tomlinson
5. Vincent Taylor pic.twitter.com/Unh73uSYCr
Feel free to join in on the conversation and give some of your bold 2017 NFL Draft predictions in the comments section!
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