With the 2019 NFL Combine beginning this week, I thought it would be fun to put together a Denver Broncos mock draft database of mocks around the Internet. I focused on mocks generated after the trade for Joe Flacco on February 13, 2019, since that might have drastically changes peoples views of where John Elway will go with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The mock drafts went from almost universally quarterback to just a handful sticking with that view after the Flacco trade. Instead, the Broncos are receiving a variety of positional groups from tackle to cornerback.
The final count here was six cornerbacks, four quarterbacks, two offensive tackles, a wide receiver and a defensive lineman.
Broncos Mock Draft Database
10. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Yes, the Broncos are now a trade-down candidate. In this scenario, they stay put and fortify their offensive line for Joe Flacco with the most fundamentally sound blocker in the class.
10. Denver Broncos- CB Greedy Williams, LSU
10. Denver Broncos - Drew Lock, QB | Missouri
10. Denver Broncos: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Offseason needs: Offensive line, cornerback, tight end, linebacker
In trading for quarterback Joe Flacco, the Broncos are probably under the assumption they’ve checked off their main priority this offseason. With a statue like Flacco in the pocket, the Broncos better figure out how to keep him upright. Beyond left tackle, Denver has questions along the offensive line. Taylor would be a natural bookend.
10. Denver Broncos: DeAndre Baker, CB , Georgia
The Broncos need a lot of help at cornerback. After trading for Joe Flacco, the team is in good position to land the top corner in the 2019 NFL Draft.
In 2018, Baker totaled 40 tackles with nine breakups, two interceptions and one forced fumble. On one of his interceptions, he dropped the ball in front of the end zone on what should have been a 57-yard pick-six. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder was very impressive as the No. 1 cornerback for Georgia in 2017. He showed enough speed and athleticism to run with receivers and prevent separation. Baker totaled 44 tackles with nine passes broken up and three interceptions on the year. As a sophomore, he had two picks, five pass breakups and 31 tackles.
Some sources feel that while other corners might go ahead of Baker because of a better size/speed combination, he could be the best pure cover corner to run the route and prevent separation in the 2019 NFL Draft. Baker has some off-the-field concerns, and may not run the fastest times, so that combination could cause him to fall out of the first 10 picks.
10. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
With Drew Lock off the board and Joe Flacco set to replace Case Keenum, the Broncos focus on their defense. Byron Murphy is our No. 1 cornerback and he’ll join Chris Harris Jr. in the secondary next season.
5. Denver Broncos (from TB)* | Drew Lock | QB | Missouri
Sorry, but I’m not buying the addition of a 34-year-old Joe Flacco as evidence the Broncos won’t be targeting a quarterback of the future early in this draft. Lock has all the physical tools to be a franchise passer, and John Elway knows he needs a long-term solution at the game’s most important position. In return for his picks in the second and third rounds this year, and likely another Day 2 pick next year, Elway gets his man.
Editor’s note: Interesting trade scenario. Easterling thinks Elway will trade away his first rounder, second rounder, third rounder, and another second or third rounder in 2019 to move up five spots to get Drew Lock. I sincerely doubt Elway would trade away an entire draft to get Lock this year.
10. BYRON MURPHY, CB, WASHINGTON
Versatile CB who can play press and man coverage.
10. Denver Broncos- QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
10. D.K. METCALF, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
Flacco loves to throw the ball deep, and in Metcalf, he would have another solid weapon on the outside that he can throw to. Remember, this Broncos defense is going to be one of the best in the NFL next season, so if they continue to stockpile talent on the offensive side of the ball, they could be a team that is a legitimate contender in what should be a very competitive AFC West in 2019.
10. Denver: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia The Broncos have another temporary veteran quarterback solution in Joe Flacco. They could still pick a quarterback here if there’s a prospect they really love, but cornerback depth is a problem in Denver, and scouts love Baker’s instincts.
10. Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
I stuck with Rashan Gary in this week’s mock draft because I do believe Vic Fangio intends to get this defensive back to the top of the league at stopping the pass, and Gary can be a part of that. With his experience in college playing both inside and out, he could be groomed as five-technique in the base defense, and then rotate between tackle and end in the nickel. And let’s be honest, giving Fangio one of the most gifted players in this draft, who just happens to be a pass rusher, is never a bad idea. Still, as the start of the league year draws nearer, their options are likely to expand. For instance, the Broncos have already informed linebacker Brandon Marshall that he won’t be back next year.
I strongly considered Devin White for that reason. Bradley Roby also headlines Denver’s long list of 2019 free agents, so a corner could be a possibility as well. Obviously, quarterback and offensive linemen are major concerns, and the options are starting to make me consider their chances of trading down.
To this point, I have only considered moving up in the draft to try and get their hands on Dwayne Haskins, but if he is gone and the Broncos are not sold on Kyler Murray or Drew Lock, exchanging picks with a team that is could be the wisest move. Denver could gain an extra pick or two which will help accelerate this rebuild, and still get a player that helps right away.
~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
10: Denver Broncos- CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
10. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Charlie Campbell was the first to report in the Senior Bowl Rumors page that the Broncos like Drew Lock more than any other quarterback, so it sounds like Lock would be the pick if available.
Drew Lock has a great arm and can make any throw, but he really needs to work on his field vision and accuracy. He should probably be taken in the second round, but we’ve seen teams reach for quarterbacks over the years. And besides, teams like Lock’s gritty attitude and work ethic. He loves football, so he’ll try hard to improve his flaws.
Which of these players would you like to see drafted by the Broncos in the first round?
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Drew Lock, QB
Kyler Murray, QB
Jonah Williams, OT
Jawaan Taylor, OT
DeAndre Baker, CB
Greedy Williams, CB
Byron Murphy, CB
D.K. Metcalk, WR
Rashan Gary, DL