I honestly can’t remember ever being as excited for a draft as I am for this one. We saw wild success last year with what the Broncos did. The Broncos have a top 10 pick to boot. The Broncos have a new coach who actually has NFL chops in the modern age of NFL football and are going to architect a new offense from the ground up.
It is going to be a wild ride and probably my favorite thing about this year’s draft is that more so than any other year, I can really see Denver doing almost anything. The team has been fairly predictable year to year especially in the first round. This year seems different.
One last talk about team needs
Feel free to check out my post about the team needs during free agency. Let’s pick up there and move on with what to expect out of the draft.
The Broncos honestly have set them well in almost every area of the team leading into this draft and have players ready to compete in every personnel grouping other than inside line backer. This has been a key point for Elway’s tenure as GM. He always tries to have as few needs as possible heading into the draft and 2019 is no exception.
The Inside Linebacker position is one that is the biggest deal to me. I have said for a couple of years now that the Broncos need help in this area and they didn’t address it in free agency which leads me to think that it will be addressed in this year’s draft with one of their top 3 picks.
The other need I think the team may have to address is tight end. They way it has been treated I honestly wonder if the team is still holding onto hope that they can make something out of the guys they have now...I just don’t see it though. I think tight end is a position to covet for the team if I were the GM.
But what will they likely go after?
The latest hype about the Broncos at pick 10 is that they will go after Bush out of Michigan and I honestly don’t think that’s at all unrealistic.
The other big hype we’ve heard a lot about is Dalton Risner. He’s an intriguing guy and a player that the Broncos very obviously love. I don’t think he’s a pick you make at 10, but if the Broncos do find a favorable trade back I’m sure that this is a name we might see a bit later in the 1st round.
Keep an eye on falling QBs as always. No one seems to be very crazy about this year’s class, but I honestly feel like if Haskins falls to the Broncos at 10 or Lock falls further, the Broncos will be interested. I don’t see that scenario as very likely at all, just one that is super interesting to us as fans.
The last point I’ll make is to watch out for the Broncos spending a high pick on a corner in this draft. If that happens, you can honestly kiss Bronco Country’s favorite slot corner of all time in the Orange and Blue goodbye.
Speaking of Chris Harris, Jr.
What a both intriguing and irritating situation we have brewing with the Broncos and CHJ. Remember when this started becoming a thing, I gave a fairly sound overview of both sides of the issue. Now we’ve seen this week Elway kind of honestly dissing the situation which led CHJ to demand a raise or trade.
My gut says this is all again just part of the game and is no big deal, but I’ve honestly never been a fan of players doing this by leaking hot take tweets in the media. I get it...it is a solid way to send a message...but for the team and the situation I’m not sure how much this helps CHJ as a player.
The big problem here is that by dragging the issue out in the public this way, it hurts the ability of the Broncos to get trade value out of the player. So sure, good on you for standing up for yourself. I’ve already said I like the move Chris made to skip the workout sessions. But I think this move goes a bit far. I think it smacks of a butt hurt agent more than anything and isn’t something that is going to help Chris get the best situation he can get.
Also, it is very fair to say Elway’s comment on the question in his press conference sounded quite a bit back-handed to me and was very unnecessary. This whole “demanding a trade / raise” issue is something that I see as a direct result of how Elway answered the question.
Finally, let me wrap up the CHJ talk by saying that no one in Broncos Country should give two hoots about anyone on any site (including MHR) that talks about how old CHJ is or that he’s an injury risk because of last year. He was back on his feet playing at the Pro Bowl in 4 weeks after his fracture. He’s one of the best technicians at corner that the NFL has ever seen...and many greats have played well into their 30’s.
I get it...the player isn’t acting the way some of us would like. But let’s not let our feelings get in the way of reality. Whatever happens...if he gets signed and stays in the beloved Orange and Blue for his whole career or if he gets traded, the guy is one of the NFL’s premier players.
I hope all of you out there in Broncos Country have a great time with the draft the next few days. I love this stuff...hope springs eternal and every guy we pick is going to be the next Phillip Lindsay or Bradley Chubb.
I look forward to reviewing our draft picks this week end after the dust settles and talking more Bronco football with you all as we ramp up for the 2019 NFL season.
Cheers to all of you out there in Broncos Country!