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2018 NFL Draft Big Board: Day 2 options for the Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos selected the best defender in the draft last night when they picked NC State’s Bradley Chubb. Here are the best remaining players they should consider on Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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The first day of the 2018 NFL Draft is officially in the books. In my humble opinion, the Denver Broncos couldn’t have had a better first-round pick. Bradley Chubb was a fantastic selection and the second-ranked player on my Top 100 and has a chance to be a special player in the National Football League. Good luck to opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks having to worry about Chubb, Von Miller and friends terrorizing them on every down.

After an early morning review, I had thirty-one prospects with first-round grades in this year’s draft and twenty-four of them were selected last night. I feel good about my board and how well it did, but thought it would be apt to reforge the remaining players into a value list so Broncos Country can see where the positional value is at. The Broncos have #40, #70 and #99 today, but also have multiple picks in the fourth and fifth rounds. That will give them flexibility if they want to move up on Day 2 to get some of the best players available.

Without further adieu, here are the highest remaining players on my board, as well as a positional analysis to show which spots are deep or a little bit bare talent-wise.

Highest Remaining Players

13. Will Hernandez, OG - UTEP

I thought Hernandez was going to go in the first round, but he didn’t. Don’t be surprised if the Broncos make a move up to get him tonight and reunite him with his college coach Sean Kugler.

15. Ronald Jones, RB - USC

Saquon Barkley and Rashaad Penny were the only two backs picked last night, the latter being the biggest surprise. If the Broncos want to upgrade their running game, Jones would be a fantastic selection, but I’m not sure he lasts until #40.

20. Dallas Goedert, TE - South Dakota State

Goedert slid out of the draft’s first day, but I still believe he’s the best tight end in this class and quite better than Hayden Hurst. I’d love to see the Broncos target him, because he’d be a great prospect to pair with Jake Butt and give the Broncos a dynamic duo at the tight end position.

21. James Daniels, C - Iowa

Frank Ragnow and Billy Price went ahead of Daniels in the draft, who allegedly slipped out of round one due to medical concerns. I’d still be happy with getting him on Day 2 because he can play center or either guard positions and bolster the Broncos’ offensive line.

22. Derrius Guice, RB - LSU

I thought Guice would have went in the first round, especially over Penny, but he’s still on the board for the Broncos to go up and get if they want to add a battering ram at the position and upgrade their running back stable.

23. Harold Landry, EDGE - Boston College

Since the Broncos selected Chubb, I doubt Landry is even considered, but he’s a productive pass rusher who can make an impact as a rookie. Injury concerns likely dropped him to the second day, but he has first-round talent.

27. Josh Jackson, CB - Iowa

Jackson is a phenomenal talent, but only one year of starting experience likely caused him to slide. That being said, I expect him to be picked early tonight and wouldn’t be mad at all if the Broncos added him to their secondary.

Best of the Rest (By Position)


90. Luke Falk, QB - Washington State

96. Mason Rudolph, QB - Oklahoma State

Running Back

37. Kerryon Johnson, RB - Auburn

60. Nick Chubb, RB - Georgia

74. Royce Freeman, RB - Oregon

80. Nyheim Hines, RB - North Carolina State

Wide Receiver

34. Courtland Sutton, WR - SMU

49. DJ Chark, WR - LSU

53. James Washington, WR - Oklahoma State

56. Michael Gallup, WR - Colorado State

58. Dante Pettis, WR - Washington

62. Christian Kirk, WR - Texas A&M

64. Anthony Miller, WR - Memphis

75. DaeSean Hamilton, WR - Penn State

78. Tre’Quan Smith, WR - UCF

Tight End

50. Michael Gesicki, TE - Penn State

69. Mark Andrews, TE - Oklahoma

Offensive Line

36. Austin Corbett, OG - Nevada

46. Connor Williams, OT - Texas

54. Jamarco Jones, OT - Ohio State

61. Tyrell Crosby, OT - Oregon

68. Martinas Rankin, OL - Mississippi State

70. Braden Smith, OL - Auburn

77. Orlando Brown, OT - Oklahoma

81. Geron Christian, OT - Louisville

Defensive Line

38. Maurice Hurst, DT - Michigan

39. Josh Sweat, DE - Florida State

40. Tim Settle, DT - Virginia Tech

42. Rasheem Green, DE - USC

52. Harrison Phillips, DT - Stanford

55. Derrick Nnadi, DT - Florida State

65. Sam Hubbard, DE - Ohio State

67. Da’Shawn Hand, DE - Alabama

84. Nathan Shepherd, DT - Fort Hays State

86. B.J. Hill, DT - North Carolina State

88. Breeland Speaks, DT - Mississippi

Linebackers and Edge Defenders

43. Lorenzo Carter, OLB - Georgia

45. Uchenna Nwosu, OLB - USC

71. Fred Warner, LB - BYU

72. Malik Jefferson, LB - Texas

73. Oren Burks, LB/S - Vanderbilt

76. Dorance Armstrong, EDGE - Kansas

85. Josey Jewell, LB - Iowa

87. Kemoko Turay, EDGE - Rutgers

92. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OLB - Oklahoma

93. Darius Leonard, LB - South Carolina State

94. Jeff Holland, EDGE - Auburn

98. Duke Ejiofor, EDGE - Wake Forest

Corners and Safeties

31. Carlton Davis, CB - Auburn

33. Isaiah Oliver, CB - Colorado

41. Ronnie Harrison, S - Alabama

48. Jessie Bates III, S - Wake Forest

57. Justin Reid, S - Stanford

59. M.J. Stewart, CB - North Carolina

66. Duke Dawson, CB - Florida

82. Rashaan Gaulden, CB - Tennessee

89. JC Jackson, CB - Maryland

91. Quenton Meeks, CB - Stanford

95. Tavarus McFadden, CB - Florida State

97. Isaac Yaidom, CB - Boston College

100. Dane Cruikshank, DB - Arizona

So Broncos Country, out of all these players — who would you like to see Denver snag later tonight? Sound off in the comments section and give us your thoughts on your dream Day 2 draft scenario.