clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Daniel Jeremiah pegs offensive tackle Andre Dillard to Broncos in latest mock

New, comments

NFL Media Analyst Daniel Jeremiah has the Denver Broncos selected highly-touted Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard in his latest mock draft.

NCAA Football: Oregon at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Broncos Country.

Now that the 2019 NFL Combine is over draft analysts have been diligent in sharing their updated mocks for the 2019 NFL Draft. NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah, widely-regarded as one of the best draft gurus around has the Denver Broncos selecting Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard in his latest mock draft. Here is the interesting thing about this — both Devin White and Drew Lock were available.

For most of the draft process, Dillard has flown under the radar despite starting 41 consecutive games for the Cougars at left tackle. His quality play on the field earned him All-Pac 12 and third-team All-American honors this past season as a senior. After his performance at the combine he isn’t flying under the radar anymore. Without question, Dillard had the most impressive workout offensive lineman in attendance.

He was a standout performer in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, three-cone drill and broad jump and left Indianapolis boosting his draft stock significantly — likely cementing Top 15 status with teams across the National Football League. Dillard’s plus athleticism, footwork, movement skills, and ability to anchor down at either tackle position make him an enticing selection for the Broncos.

While offensive tackle isn’t the most popular selection for many fans with respect to the Broncos’ and potential draft intentions in the first round — it makes a whole lot of sense. They are currently in need of a starter at right tackle and would benefit greatly from an insurance policy in case Garett Bolles fails to improve in his third season. Not only that, but Dillard has the potential to become one of the league’s best tackles under the tutelage of new offensive line coach Mike Munchak. What’s not to like about that?

The end of April seems like an eternity from now and it’s impossible to pinpoint what direction the Broncos will go in the draft. However, if other major needs are addressed in Free Agency, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them select the best offensive lineman in this year’s draft with their tenth overall selection if Dillard is available. Some people might hate it (especially when you factor in passing on White and Lock), but I have a feeling many fans would be cheering “Dilly dilly!” once they see how good he is on the gridiron.

As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.

Horse Tracks

Denver Broncos: Post-Combine 7-round 2019 mock draft
Which way will the Denver Broncos look for talent in the 2019 NFL Draft now that the combine has been completed? A seven-round mock draft for Denver.

Three day 2/day 3 ILB targets Broncos have shown interest in
Don't sleep on this trio of ILB prospects declaring for the NFL draft.

Broncos Mailbag: Which second-tier quarterbacks could Denver be interested in drafting?
Denver Post Broncos beat reporter Ryan O’Halloran answers questions from readers.

With NFL free agency essentially starting Monday, a look at Broncos’ shopping list
Elway has been known to pounce before the flurry begins.

Broncos offensive issues require upgrades at offensive line, tight end, receiver
Broncos look to reshape offense under new boss.

Casserly: Murray struggled in Indy; Rosen available - NFL.com
NFL Network's Charley Casserly appeared on "Up to the Minute" on Tuesday and reported the Cardinals are shopping Josh Rosen, while Kyler Murray had an exceptionally bad combine.

Baltimore Ravens release veteran safety Eric Weddle - NFL.com
Another safety is hitting the open market. The Baltimore Ravens cut veteran safety Eric Weddle, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday.

Chiefs working on record-setting deal for Tyreek Hill - NFL.com
The Chiefs' offseason tasks include working on an extension for star receiver Tyreek Hill. Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team has begun negotiations with Hill on a new record-setting contract.

Ravens to try to re-sign LB C.J. Mosley despite no tag - NFL.com
C.J. Mosley is expected to hit the open market when the new league year begins after Baltimore did not slap the franchise tag on him. However, the Ravens are open to re-signing him at the right price.

Rams to release LB Mark Barron after five seasons - NFL.com
Minutes after the close of the franchise-tag deadline, the Los Angeles Rams made a surprise transaction on the defensive side of the ball. The Rams will release linebacker Mark Barron.