The first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft is now in the books and the Broncos came away with a stud tight end in Noah Fant. They also came away with another second-round selection after they traded back from 10th overall to 20th overall with the Pittsburgh Steelers. So they have two second-round selections to work with today while potentially gaining more with a potential Chris Harris Jr. trade looming.
So let us take a look at the best available prospects who make sense for the Broncos day two of 2019 NFL Draft.
Quarterback, Drew Lock - It was widely reported that the Broncos were favorites for Lock throughout the draft process, but that clearly did not happen during the first-round. They passed on Lock twice(10th and 20th) and didn’t feel highly enough of him to trade up and get him at the back end of the first-round to secure that fifth-year option.
So I see them bypassing the quarterback position until day 3 and turning their sights to the highly touted 2020 quarterback class to find their potential successor to quarterback, Joe Flacco.
Cornerback, Byron Murphy - Early in the draft process, Murphy was getting first-round hype, but that died off as the process went on. He’s a crafty corner who would be an excellent fit for the Broncos in the secondary and push for a starting job right away.
With Chris Harris’s situation looking murky, I believe we could see a corner selected early on day two and Murphy would be an excellent fit.
Offensive lineman, Dalton Risner - The fan favorite. The Broncos really like Risner by most accounts, so if he makes to their 41st overall selection, he figures to be the favorite for the pick. Offers versatility at guard, tackle, and even center in a pinch. He seems like a favorite of offensive line coach, Mike Munchak.
Wide receiver, Deebo Samuel - Deebo had a pre-draft visit with the Broncos and could be in play in the second-round. He’s a terrific receiver with impressive YAC skills who could step in and be a day one starter at the slot position. He’s one of my favorite prospects and would love to see him join the Broncos
Wide receiver, D.K. Metcalf - Do I see this happening? Not really. However, if you can get another big and freaky downfield threat for Joe Flacco, you have to look into it, right? Metcalf is a large human who can book it downfield. I think he would be a perfect receiving partner with Courtland Sutton for years to come.
Cornerback, Rock Ya-Sin - He’s a big physical corner who can tackle which is required in Fangio’s defense. He’s a perfect fit for their zone scheme and while he’s a one-year wonder, I think he has some big-time upside. I’d love to see what Fangio could do with him.
Center, Erick McCoy - As we know, the Broncos lost Matt Paradis to free agency and could use a starter at center and allow Connor McGovern to slide back to guard. McCoy is battle tested coming from SEC and would be a solid fit in the Broncos offensive scheme.
Center, Elgton Jenkins - Another battle tested center here who would fit well at center and/or guard for the Broncos. I can see offensive line coach Mike Munchak really liking Jenkins.
ILB, Mack Wilson - The Broncos will likely go ILB at somepoint the next two days and Wilson is widely regarded as the next best option after the Devin’s came off the board. I am not super keen about this fit, but could see Fangio having some interest here.
ILB Blake Cashman - He fits better than Wilson in my opinion, but I am interested to see if the NFL is as high on him as the draftniks were. He’s another “undersized” linebacker with good range, intelligence, and football IQ. I could also see Fangio really wanting Cashman on his team.
ILB Germaine Pratt - Another day two linebacker option for the Broncos. The coverted safety to linebacker has traits Fangio looks for and could be targeted in the third-round. I like his skill set and could Fangio really liking how he plays the game.
Nose Tackle, Khalen Saunders - Have to assume a nose tackle will be in play at some point during the mid-rounds and I could see Denver eyeing Khalen Saunders in the third-round. The back-flipping nose tackle is an impressive athlete who can get into the backfield quickly. Would really love to see what Fangio/Kollar could do with someone like him.
Edge Rusher, Ben Banogu - With Shaq Barrett and Shane Ray elsewhere, the Broncos depth at edge rusher has been depleted. So I can see them eyeing an explosive athlete like Banogu to add depth behind Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.
Guard, Nate Davis - This is someone the Broncos have shown interest in throughout the process and could have interest in during the third-round. He’s a versatile lineman who can play guard or tackle for whoever drafts him. He can push for a starting job at guard and replace the role Bill Turner held the past few seasons for the Broncos.
Here are the best players available at the start of the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft (Via: SB Nation’s Dan Kadar).
17. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
19. Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
22. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
24. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
25. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
27. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
30. Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
31. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
35. Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
36. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
38. Dre’Mont Jones, DT. Ohio State
39. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
40. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
41. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
42. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S/CB, Florida
43. Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State
44. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M
45. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
46. Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
47. Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
48. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
49. Jachai Polite, OLB/DE, Florida
50. Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
51. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
52. David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
53. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
54. Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
55. Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan
56. Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
57. Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
58. Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
59. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
60. Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
61. Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State
64. Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
65. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
67. Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
68. Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
69. Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss
70. Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois
71. Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
72. D’Andre Walker, Edge, Georgia
74. Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
75. Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
76. Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
77. Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
78. Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
79. Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois
80. Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
81. David Long, CB, Michigan
82. Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama
83. Oshane Ximines, Edge, Old Dominion
84. Connor McGovern, G, Penn State
85. Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
86. Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama
87. Michael Deiter, G, Wisconsin
88. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
89. Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
90. Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa
91. Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State
92. Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
94. Jahlani Tavai, LB, Hawaii
95. Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
96. Trysten Hill, DT, Central Florida
97. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
98. Te’Von Coney, LB, Notre Dame
99. Renell Wren, DT, Arizona State
100. Jamal Davis, Edge, Akron
101. Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma
102. Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
103. Saivion Smith, CB, Alabama
104. Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
105. Ryan Finley, QB, North Carolina State
106. Germaine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State
107. Malik Gant, S, Marshall
108. Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor
109. Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
110. Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky
111. Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
112. Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota
113. Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas
114. Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
115. Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma
116. Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
117. Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
118. Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
119. Daylon Mack, DT, Texas A&M
120. David Sills, WR, West Virginia
121. Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
122. Maxx Crosby, Edge, Eastern Michigan
123. Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn
124. Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
125. Evan Worthington, S, Colorado
126. DaMarkus Lodge, WR, Ole Miss
127. Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia
128. Dennis Daley, OT, South Carolina
129. Armon Watts, DT, Arkansas
130. Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
131. Michael Jordan, G, Ohio State
132. Gary Jennings Jr., WR, West Virginia
133. Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia
134. Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
135. David Long Jr., LB, West Virginia
136. Keelan Doss, WR, Cal-Davis
137. Cody Barton, LB, Utah
138. Dontavius Russell, DT, Auburn
139. Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas
140. Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame
141. Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State
142. Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
143. Mike Bell, S, Fresno State
144. Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
145. Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
146. Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia
147. Chuma Edoga, OT, Southern California
148. Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
149. Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
150. Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami