With all but two games left in the 2019 season, it seemed like a good time to give Broncos’ Country a chance to vote on who their favorite team should take in the upcoming draft!
For this scenario I enlisted the help J.T. Olson and we agreed to split up the picks leading up to Denver’s selection at number 10. Offensive lineman and quarterbacks have been rather notoriously popular in previous editions of the vote mock, so I’m interested to see how things look today.
Let’s get started.
1. Cincinnati Bengals - QB, Joe Burrow, LSU
This pick is a slam dunk. Mike Brown could mail it in today, but he won’t.
2. New York Giants - ED, Chase Young, OSU
JoRo: I know, I know. People made a big thing about Young returning to college next season. I’ll believe it when I see it and adjust accordingly. Since New York believe they have their quarterback of the future in Daniel Jones and took a
generational running back in Saquon Barkley, Gettleman actually makes the best pick available to him in the 2020 draft.
Skins and Giants fans when they hear Chase Young may return to Ohio State pic.twitter.com/a6tV8xeoy6— Not Robert Griffin (@Pseudo_RGIII) December 14, 2019
3. Miami Dolphins - QB, Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
JoRo: If he declares and clears all of the medical testing, I expect he’ll wind up as the top player on Miami’s board. The Dolphins’ brass have been rumored to love him for a long while now, and in this mock South Beach will have to Trust the Porpoise just a little bit longer.
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4. Washington - OT, Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
J.T. Washington invested in what they believe is their franchise quarterback in last year’s draft. Now they have to invest in protecting him. Wirfs is a smooth mover and very powerful. Perhaps the best pass blocking tackle in this class, he is just the man you want on the blind side as this team moves on from Trent Williams.
Iowa right tackle Tristan Wirfs (#74) has been a high riser this season. He consistently shows off a strong base & the necessary power to withstand bullrushes. Even more physical in the run game. He fits an obvious need for the #Chargers if he's still on the board. @BB_Chargers pic.twitter.com/20J5sZrE1D— Steven Haglund (@SHaglund001) December 10, 2019
5. Detroit Lions - DL, Derrick Brown, Auburn
J.T. If toughness, versatility and physicality is the culture that Matt Patricia is trying to build in Detroit, this guy is the definition. On top if that he’s a dominating defensive lineman who will win at the point of attack and get penetration to pressure the quarterback. He can play 3 tech and even move outside in the 3-4 defense. With him and Snack Harrison in the middle, Detroit will have a dominating interior and an identity on defense.
Derrick Brown did not win the Outland Trophy. An Oregon offensive lineman, Penei Sewell, (who was actually ridiculously good this year) won it.— Pablo Escobarner [blue check] (@PabloEscobarner) December 13, 2019
Unrelated, here’s a few clips of Derrick Brown against Oregon (regarded as the best offensive line in college football). #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/6mkNGEJHB8
6. Arizona Cardinals - CB, Jeffrey Okudah, OSU
JoRo: For all the jokes written about Vance Joseph, one look at his personnel in the desert leaves you cold. Patrick Peterson is having a down year, was a part of trade rumors at the deadline, and carries a dead cap under $1 million in 2020. Okudah gives him an heir apparent and should make a solid pair with Byron Murphy going forward.
He’s an athletic, physical corner with ball skills who brings enough scheme diversity that he can succeed even if Kliff Kingsbury moves on from his coordinator after the year.
Sports Illustrated Preseason Top 100 players:— the ohio state (@theohiostatepro) December 14, 2019
Justin Fields: 87
JK Dobbins: 82
Malik Harrison: 76
Chase Young: 9
Jeffrey Okudah: unranked
Shaun Wade: unranked
Wyatt Davis: unranked
Jordan Fuller: unranked
Chris Olave: unranked
Damon Arnette unranked
7. New York Jets - LT, Andrew Thomas, Georgia
J.T. When your second year quarterback is seeing ghosts it’s a problem. He’s not comfortable in the pocket and is feeling pressure all the time. Thomas is a 320 pound ghost buster. This is the franchise left tackle that Sam Darnold needs to grow with. Additionally, he’s a fantastic run blocker. This pick just makes too much sense.
Did I mention Andrew Thomas was good? pic.twitter.com/kWOHfdxjwD— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 7, 2019
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - X, Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
JoRo: Is he a safety? Is he a linebacker? Who knows, but Duval county will get a chance to find out. Because of Nick Foles contract and their impending cap hell, the Jaguars are looking at a rather depressing short term future. If either or both of Tom Coughlin and Doug Marone are retained, the seats beneath their keisters will be red hot.
In theory, a rangy coverage backer is the kind of immediate talent bump that could help them win some games in a pass first league. In reality, he’ll probably have an adjustment period as he improves against NFL caliber run games.
Isaiah Simmons the best defensive player in the country pic.twitter.com/eZgZPGdsAZ— ClemsonEditz (@ClemsonEditz_) December 8, 2019
9. Los Angeles Chargers - QB, Justin Herbert, Oregon
J.T. Philip Rivers is in the twilight of his career and the Chargers will have to move on soon rather than later. Herbert has great physical tools and has shown moments of brilliance during his career. This feel like a pick the bolts have to make for the long term success of the franchise.
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10. Vote for who you would draft in this scenario Broncos Country!
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