Good morning, Broncos Country.
The Denver Broncos entered this year’s free agency period with a handful of glaring holes on their roster. That has changed now, with several key acquisitions strengthening the foundations of the franchise. Fans across Broncos Country were hoping John Elway would open up the checkbook and sign key players to reforge the team into contenders — and that’s precisely what he did.
Cornerback is no longer a dire need with Bryce Callahan and Kareem Jackson in the fold. With those two alongside Chris Harris Jr. and second-year player Isaac Yiadom, the franchise has quality and depth at the position. Moreover, the right tackle position is now solidified with the arrival of Ja’Wuan James. Those were two positions that draft analysts pegged as early areas to address for the Broncos, but that doesn’t seem likely now. If anything, the franchise’s free agency endeavors have provided them with tremendous flexibility approaching the 2019 NFL Draft.
Great piece by @IanStClair. I am happy about what the #Broncos did thus far in free agency, especially upgrading the secondary (Callahan/Jackson) and finding a quality starter at right tackle (James). These moves will give the franchise a lot of flexibility in the 2019 #NFLDraft. https://t.co/GTw2oHbf6l— Christopher Hart (@topherhart) March 17, 2019
At this point in time, the Broncos aren’t pigeon-holed into having to go a certain direction early on in the draft. If you are a believer and adhere to the ‘best player available’ philosophy — the opportunities that lie ahead in late-April will be quite enticing. Though there are still a handful of holes on the roster (inside linebacker, a long-term solution at nose tackle and a game-changing tight end come to mind), a myriad of quality prospects at each position draft that would allow them to cross those needs off the list as well.
The recent offseason moves have positioned the Broncos to make a lot of noise in this year’s draft. A blue-chip difference maker or a future franchise quarterback should be available for them at the tenth selection. But if they don’t see much of a difference between the value of whose on board then and who could be a few picks later, don’t be surprised to see Elway trade down and acquire more picks to infuse more talent into the roster. Three picks in the Top 75 selections is a good haul, though it could get even better.
Most fans would be ecstatic if inside linebacker prospects Devin White or Devin Bush were the first pick, but would anyone be disappointed if the Broncos traded down and made T.J. Hockenson or Noah Fant their top pick that would provide the offense with the premier tight end talent it desperately needs? I don’t think so.
The opportunities are endless for the franchise in this year’s draft — and if Elway and his staff can do as good of a job as they did last year — the Broncos will be competing for championships sooner than you think.
As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.
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