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.
#Wazzu LT Andre Dillard:— Evan Silva (@evansilva) March 5, 2019
* Top SPARQ among all OLs in Indy
* Top pass-pro OT in nation per @PFF_College in 2018
* Zero holding penalties as senior per @SportsInfo_SIS
* 41 straight starts; no injury history
* OL guru @LanceZierlein: immediate starter with Pro Bowl potential
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.
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