The Denver Broncos are in a unique situation this offseason. Most of Broncos Country is salivating, but the potential outcomes for Denver are numerous, and potentially confusing. I won’t venture to create one of those mock drafts. Not my strength. But I will get a little giddy over a couple possibilities at quarterback.
@JeffreyEssary gives #Broncos fans great insight on the #SeniorBowl & who he is excited to see while he covers it on the latest @MileHighReport Radio Podcast w/@AdamMalnati16 & me. As you would expect, there's a lot of QB talk . https://t.co/MktpOTEVyx— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) January 19, 2018
When Jeffrey Essary joined Ian St. Clair and me on the Mile High Report Radio podcast, he gave us some great insight into the Senior Bowl. Perhaps the most exciting conversation came as we discussed Baker Mayfield. The Broncos requested to have him on their team down in Mobile.
This request only served to fuel speculation that Denver is interested in drafting the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback. And with all that speculation, there is still the thought that the Broncos are a big player in the Kirk Cousins lottery. Both possibilities mean very different seasons for Denver in 2018.
Blake Bortles is playing the best game of his career right now. Kirk Cousins is coming to Denver FYI. pic.twitter.com/17aLsTWFIB— Khalid Alshami (@KhalidHAlshami) January 21, 2018
As I stated on the podcast, Mayfield has an appealing quality about him. He is fiery, and arrogant. He seems to exude confidence, and looks like a real competitor. A far cry from the current crop of Broncos QBs. Many find his antics to be immature, or distracting. However, his passion is obvious, and seems to be a big piece missing from the Broncos offense.
Cousins is passionate about the game, too. All you have to do is Google “Cousins you like that,” and you will get a brief (albeit funny) look at his fire. However, his game is more refined, which could be exactly what the Broncos need.
Cousins signing in Denver means the Broncos are legitimate contenders in the 2018 season. With the defense still considered one of the elite units in the NFL, improving the offense can only help. Cousins ensures the defense is more than just elite, but that the team is in a position to win right away.
"We played against a guy Week 16 that's pretty good."— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) January 11, 2018
I asked Broncos LB Brandon Marshall @nflnetwork what John Elway will do at QB this offseason.
Hint, they played the Redskins.#UpToTheMinute pic.twitter.com/b1bfVuAm1W
Relying on Mayfield, or any rookie, in 2018 is a clear statement that Denver will be building toward the future. Mayfield may give fans the tingles. I know I get excited thinking about the prospect of what he could be in the NFL. If he reaches his potential he could be elite for years. With the cost of a rookie contract, he would also be a cheaper gamble. Cousins will come with a hefty price tag.
If it feels like this is going in circles, that’s because it is. As a fan, I want Cousins, and I want Mayfield, and I know that won’t happen. John Elway will get his consortium of evaluators together and make their pitch to Cousins. They will watch Mayfield at the Senior Bowl, and we shall see where this all goes.
The #Broncos should sign Kirk Cousins, and then trade him to Oklahoma for Baker Mayfield— ThatsGoodSports (@BrandonPerna) January 21, 2018
Do you have a preference Broncos Country? Free agency will have a major impact on the draft. What do you hope to see happen?