It has officially ticked over to Draft Season in the NFL, and the possibilities for the Denver Broncos seem endless. The MHR Radio Podcast (iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher) jumped into the fray with a special guest filled show. Our very own Joe Rowles and The Draft Network’s Trevor Sikkema joined Ian St. Clair and I on the show. We had a lot of draft questions, and they had even more draft answers.
One of the questions on my mind throughout our discussion was about trading back. After a 2018 draft class that came in and had immediate impact, it might be nice to double down and follow that up with a solid 2019 class. For Ian, there are guys who Denver should definitely not trade away the opportunity to draft. Ed Oliver, Quinnen Williams, and Devin White are players that Denver should jump on if they are still available.
However, looking ahead, I wanted to know about focusing on future drafts. The Broncos have several needs. Inside linebacker, tight end, OL, secondary, and even quarterback. It’s that last need that has me thinking. Joe Flacco will be the Broncos starter in 2019. The current group of QB’s in this draft don’t exactly jump off the page. Is it best to wait?
With the 10th pick in the draft, is Drew Lock the answer? Will Dwayne Haskins be there? Should John Elway trade up and take Kyler Murray? Why not take a day 2 QB like Daniel Jones? All these questions, and in my mind there is one answer. Trade back and sit this draft out. Build draft capital, and focus on finding the QB of the future.
The big fish out there is Trevor Lawrence, but that is two drafts away. There are so many variables that it makes it hard to try and plan around drafting him. In 2020 there will be Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon QB Justin Herbert. If Elway can begin gaining that draft capital now, and formulating a plan for either 2020 or 2021, perhaps the Broncos will be able to find that elusive franchise QB.
According to Sikkema, the 10th pick is a bit of sweet spot for Elway. He could fill a need with an impact player that will start right away, or he could trade back and, “get a decent ransom...” from a team like Washington, who is in the market for a QB. If Lock or Haskins is still available at 10, I think trading away that pick for 2020 draft picks is the best move.
I know nothing is guaranteed in the NFL. Any, or all, of the targeted QBs in ‘20 or ‘21 could bust out in the next year or two. The number of variables makes the immediacy of each draft important. However, taking the long view is still the best approach.
Sikkema also talked aggressiveness. That doesn’t always mean doing everything to move up and get a player. Much of the time it means being willing to trade with teams and build up the draft coffers for future drafts. Focus on the future, and get set up for a big move for a potential franchise QB in one of the next two drafts.
Any, and all, possibilities will be explored in the next month, but for me, 2019 isn’t the important draft. It’s 2020 or 2021. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.
What do you think Broncos Country? Let us know in the comments section.
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What should the Broncos do with the 10th pick
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QB - It’s the biggest need
Best Player Available - No reaching
Trade up - Get the guy you want
Trade back - build draft capital