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It isn’t hard to imagine Derrick Brown in orange and blue.
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By now I’d bet money you’ve heard Emmanuel Sanders is no longer a member of the Denver Broncos. The trade with San Francisco leaves a noticeable experience void in the receiving corps, but that’s a topic for another day.

Today, let’s focus on what the Broncos gained.

All those picks means Mock Drafts between now and April 23rd, 2020 are going to be equal parts wild and fun. Let’s give it a shot. Looking at The Draft Network’s Mock Machine as a baseline, I went through and created a mock. They currently do not accurately account for the 49ers trade and there aren’t any compensatory picks, so I took a few liberties.

The point of this mock is to simply give you an idea as to how Elway could use all of the Broncos’ draft ammo to address what I think the 2020 needs are. In this scenario, Drew Lock has shown the coaching staff and front office enough to stave off Justin Herbert, even though the Oregon Duck was available at 8.

Let’s get to it:

1st Round - Derrick Brown, Defensive Lineman

2nd Round- Prince Tega Wanogho, Offensive Tackle

3A - Hamsah Nasirldeen, Defensive Back

3B - K.J. Hamler, Wide Receiver

3C - Lloyd Cushenberry III, Offensive Line

4th Round - Nick Coe, Defensive Line

5th Round - Albert Okwuegbunam, Tight End

6th Round - K.J. Costello, Quarterback

7A - Tremayne Anchrum, Offensive Line

7B - Tanner Muse, Safety

7C - Tino Ellis, Cornerback

Thoughts:

With Andrew Thomas and Tristian Wirfs off the board before I picked at 8, I went to Auburn to solidify both sides of the line of scrimmage.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Derek Wolfe and Shelby Harris are brought back at this point, though I still believe it will be one or the other. Regardless, the Fangio defense could use an Akiem Hicks type and the Brown looks like the best interior destroyer in this upcoming class. Prince Tega Wanogho is a smooth athletic project who could really flourish with team under Mike Munchak. He’s got all of the tools.

In the third round, I grabbed a prospect that really intrigues me in Nasirldeen. He’s probably a safety, but he’s the kind of hybrid defender I believe defensive coordinators need to stop modern NFL offenses.

With my next pick, I debated Michigan’s Donovan Peoples-Jones, but went with the receiver who gave the Wolverines another L this past weekend. Hamler is undersized, but offers the kind of explosive athleticism that Scangarello could use to open things up for every other member of the offense.

If you’ve followed my mocks over the last couple months, you’re certainly familiar with Cushenberry. I love how the LSU Tiger could fit into the Broncos’ blocking scheme, and he could probably wind up pushing Connor McGovern out to his more natural guard spot.

I didn’t plan on going back to Auburn again, but Nick Coe is the kind of inside/outside defensive linemen that could eventually replace Wolfe in base personnel and still have a role in the nickel.

Since this draft is going with the idea that Drew Lock is the guy for at least 2020, it made sense to grab one of his go-to collegiate targets when Big Al was still on the board in the fifth. Standing at 6’5 and over 250 lbs, he offers the kind of inline game that Scangarello could really utilize with 12 and 13 personnel down the road.

The last three picks were developmental guys at positions that could use competition and/or talent. K.J. Costello has had an injury-marred final season with Stanford, but was considered a Day 2 prospect at one point. Best case scenario, he competes with Brett Rypien and Brandon Allen for reps behind Lock. Worst case scenario, the Broncos have their four camp arms.

If there was one position I came out of this mock really missing, it’s cornerback. This may be my orange-tinted glasses, but I remain blindly optimistic Chris Harris Jr. stays in orange and blue. If I was the General Manager, it would be a priority this spring.

What do you think Broncos Country?

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    A - So many picks, so much talent. Great job!
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  • 41%
    B - It’s alright, I guess.
    (489 votes)
  • 19%
    C - Dead inside.
    (231 votes)
  • 11%
    D - Not a fan, you kind of blew it.
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    F - You’re worse than Elway.
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