To start off their evening, they acquired an extra second-round selection (#52 overall) and a future third round selection from the Pittsburgh Steelers, who traded up for Michigan linebacker Devin Bush. After dropping own to the twentieth overall selection, the franchise selected high-profile tight end Noah Fant, giving them a dynamic weapon at the position they haven’t had in half a decade. (ICYMI — here is my scouting report on Fant.)
After the first round was in the books, twenty-three prospects in my top thirty-two went in the first round. Six others who ended up going on the first day were ranked thirty-three through forty-two respectively, with only three players outside the the top fifty going in the first. So who are the best players from my board that still remain and which of them could be favorites to land with the Broncos tomorrow evening? Let’s take a look.
Hart’s Best Players Available for Day 2
19. Jawaan Taylor, OT — Florida
The reason Taylor is still available is simple — there are medical concerns with his knee according to various reports. I’m not big on taking prospects with injury risks high in the draft, so I’d hope the Broncos would pass on him given that issue.
21. Byron Murphy, CB — Washington
If the Broncos somehow ended up with Murphy in the second round I’d be absolutely elated. He is a tremendous fit for Vic Fangio’s defense and is one of the ‘stickiest’ corners in the draft. When you factor in the Chris Harris Jr. situation — it’s quite clear Denver needs to find themselves another cornerback.
23. Drew Lock, QB — Missouri
I’m not too surprised that Lock slid out of the first round. His mechanics are a mess (especially his footwork) which has a negative impact on his overall accuracy. However, his potential and talent may be too good for the Broncos to pass up if he is on the clock at #41 overall. Kevin Hogan and Garrett Grayson aren’t quality back-up material and they aren’t guys you want starting at any point ever.
24. Greedy Williams, CB — LSU
Williams isn’t the best fit for the Broncos’ defense, but you he has traits you can’t teach and if he puts it all together and improves upon his tackling he could be a quality boundary corner in the National Football League. Those are two big ifs but in the second round the risk is worth the reward.
26. Dalton Risner, OL — Kansas State
The Broncos like Risner and if available he would be an obvious choice for the franchise considering they have significant needs long-term on the interior. His ability to play four spots (everything but left tackle) only adds to his value. Don’t be surprised if he is one of the prospects Denver selects on Day 2.
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28. Nasir Adderley, S — Delaware
Will Parks and Justin Simmons are both free agents after the end of next season. While I envision one of them receiving a contract extension, I’m not sure both do. Adderley is a ball-hawking defensive back who forces a lot of turnovers. He would be a dark horse pick for sure but a great value selection nevertheless.
29. D.K. Metcalf, WR — Ole Miss
The Broncos drafted Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in last year’s draft and added a dynamic tight end in Fant to their roster yesterday evening. Could you imagine the Broncos’ offense with Metcalf added into the mix? Good luck to opposing secondaries if that happens.
30. Cody Ford, OT — Oklahoma
Mike Munchak is one of the best in the business at coaching up offensive lineman and Ford has a tremendous amount of athleticism for a man his size. His best fit might be at offensive guard and the Broncos do have a need there.
32. Rock Ya-Sin, CB — Temple
The aforementioned Murphy and Williams are still available, but Ya-Sin is a rock solid corner who can compete for snaps immediately. His physicality and strong tackling line up with the aggressive attitude of Fangio’s defense.
The Remainder of Hart’s Top 100
35. Irv Smith Jr., TE — Alabama
39. A.J. Brown, WR — Ole Miss
40. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S — Florida
41. Deebo Samuel, WR — South Carolina
43. Joejuan Williams, CB — Vanderbilt
44. Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE — Louisiana Tech
45. Dre’Mont Jones, DT — Ohio State
46. Hakeem Butler, WR — Iowa State
47. Erik McCoy, C — Texas A&M
48. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR — Stanford
49. Taylor Rapp, S — Washington
50. Trysten Hill, DT — Central Florida
51. Juan Thornhill, DB — Virginia Tech
52. Riley Ridley, WR — Georgia
53. Yodny Cajuste, OT — West Virgnia
55. Justin Layne, CB — Michigan State
56. Trayvon Mullen, CB — Clemson
58. Greg Little, OT — Ole Miss
59. Zach Allen, DE — Boston College
60. Amani Hooker, S — Iowa
61. Chase Winovich, EDGE — Michigan
62. Jahlani Tavai, LB — Hawaii
63. Parris Campbell, WR — Ohio State
64. Kelvin Harmon, WR — NC State
65. Jarrett Stidham, QB — Auburn
66. Jachai Polite, EDGE — Florida
67. Deionte Thompson, S — Alabama
68. Amani Oruwariye, CB — Penn State
69. Elgton Jenkins, C — Mississippi State
70. Sean Bunting, CB — Central Michigan
71. David Montgomery, RB Iowa State
72. Terry McLaurin, WR — Ohio State
73. Joe Jackson, DE — Miami
74. Josh Oliver, TE — San Jose State
75. Germaine Pratt, LB — NC State
76. Anthony Nelson, DE — Iowa
77. Oshane Ximines, EDGE — Old Dominion
78. Mack Wilson, LB - Alabama
79. Khalen Saunders, DT — Western Illinois
80. Isaiah Johnson, CB — Houston
81. Andy Isabella, WR — Massachusetts
82. Dawson Knox, TE — Ole Miss
83. Nate Davis, OG — Charlotte
84. Darrell Henderson, RB — Memphis
85. Bobby Okereke, LB — Stanford
86. Blake Cashman, LB — Minnesota
87. Miles Sanders, RB — Penn State
88. Damien Harris, RB — Alabama
89. Drew Samia, OG — Oklahoma
90. Ryan Finley, QB — North Carolina State
91. Miles Boykin, WR - Notre Dame
92. D’Andre Walker, EDGE — Georgia
93. Max Scharping, OT — Northern Illinois
94. Connor McGovern, OG — Penn State
95. Ben Banogu, EDGE — TCU
96. Isaiah Buggs, DE — Alabama
97. Jace Sternberger, TE — Texas A&M
98. Mecole Hardman, WR — Georgia
99. Will Grier, QB — West Virginia
100. Devin Singletary, RB — Florida Atlantic