It’s been a few weeks since we took a look at who the Broncos could decide on if they moved down in the draft. This time around it seemed like a good idea to move in the other direction, especially with rumors that Elway called to get a feel for the price at number one.
Someone announcemented the Broncos were 'price checking' the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft:— v̸̳̽͗̄͗͋̈̈́ş̸͚̟̆̊͑͌̌.̷͉̙͉̞̈̔̅͛ (@denVSeverybody) February 10, 2020
2015: Trade up for Shane Ray
2016: Trade up for Paxton Lynch
2017: Trade deal for #10 overall (Christian McCaffrey)
2018: Attempt trade for #2 (Sam Darnold)
2019: Trade back, Noah Fant https://t.co/oqnmcWrB2Z
Let’s get into it.
1. Cincinnati Bengals - QB, Joe Burrow, LSU
We’re at that weird part of the offseason where people are trying to talk themselves out of Burrow because his ceiling isn’t high enough. Yep.
Joe Burrow feel/avoid/strike. Wash, rinse, repeat. pic.twitter.com/8ofy6bCtsk— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) February 7, 2020
2. Washington - ED, Chase Young, OSU
If Chase Young was the first overall pick candidate, we’d be hearing about how he didn’t show up in the Clemson game (he did, by the way).
Quick reminder to the “Chase Young disappeared at the end of the year” crowd..— Skins offSZN ♫ (@TerryMcLaur1n) February 10, 2020
he had 10 pressures and 4 QB hits in the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson.
But y’all can keep staring at the “statline” if you want to #NFLDraftpic.twitter.com/XFsKAEmDfU
T3. Miami Dolphins - QB, Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
All reports suggest he’ll be healthy. If that’s the case this may be the most mocked trade in the history of Mock drafts.
The three-month CT scan for #Bama QB and coveted draft prospect Tua Tagovailoa was as positive as possible, sources say. The fracture has healed. The hip and its range of motion is good. It’ll likely be another month before he’s cleared for football activities, tho, as expected.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 10, 2020
T4. Jacksonville Jaguars - CB, Jeffrey Okudah, OSU
WILDCARD! This is a weird scenario for one big reason. Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the first round of the draft in seven years as a GM, which makes the idea that he’d be willing to here seem unlikely. But what if the Jaguars come at him with a big offer to replace Jalen Ramsey with the best cornerback prospect since... Jalen Ramsey?
If Jeffrey Okudah is not an elite cornerback in five years, something went horribly wrong. Has everything you're looking for in a corner. https://t.co/Fi9TRMLotI pic.twitter.com/pYdoPXnz8W— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) February 1, 2020
T5. Las Vegas Raiders - QB, Justin Herbert, Oregon
Beyond that, it could make a ton of sense if the Raiders aren’t happy with Derek Carr. Herbert is about as close to a local product as they’re going to find his draft. He’s got special arm talent and looks the part, which may be enough for Gruden to believe he can work out the rough edges. Lastly, he has to know he’d need to move up past the Los Angeles Chargers or risk the Duck landing in the AFC West.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't worried about Justin Herbert's numbers.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) February 10, 2020
Here is a list of QBs between 6-7 YPA on 3rd down since 2011: pic.twitter.com/EDjHzk5KRR
T6. Cleveland Browns - OT, Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
A shocker, but after Tom Telesco loses out on his quarterback he moves down with the belief that one of the four remaining players on his board will surely be there. Cleveland pays a pretty price to jump up, but Wirfs clearly looks like the best player for the offense Kevin Stefanski looks to be installing.
Ready for OL weigh-in day at the Combine. Think height/arm length for Andrew Thomas, Tristan Wirfs and Jedrick Wills will be very interesting.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 5, 2020
T7. Carolina wants down and Elway decides to strike. Vote for who you would draft in this scenario Broncos Country!
Who would you draft?
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QB - Jordan Love, Utah State
X - Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
WR - CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
WR - Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
WR - Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
DL - Derrick Brown, Auburn
DL - Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
OT, Jedrick Wills, Alabama
OT, Andrew Thomas, Georgia
OT, Mekhi Becton, Louisville
CB, Kristian Fulton, LSU
CB, Trevon Diggs, Alabama
DB, Xavier McKinney, Alabama
DL/ED, A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
WR, Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado
Other (Please Comment)
Your Broncos’ Links
What to expect from Pat Shurmur’s offense - Mile High Report
For this week’s episode of Cover 2 Broncos, Jeff Essary and I took a look through Pat Shurmur’s modern offenses dating back to 2017 with the Vikings. We gathered insight into:
Should fans be worried about the year to year inconsistency?
Is it really a more aggressive offense?
How will the offense impact personnel?
Why Noah Fant will benefit more than most.
What about Drew Lock? Why Andy Janovich is safe, but Andrew Beck could have a fight on his hands.
How many receivers does Shurmur carry? Tight ends? Fullbacks?
What does the change mean for the offensive line?
Will young receivers be able to make an early impact?
Is speed or the ability to separate more important for receivers?
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The Broncos new offensive coordinator spoke about his excitement to work with the young QB.
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Broncos Country Tonight hosts Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright broke down the Shurmur offense and its proclivity to use the tight end.
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The Denver Broncos might want to go back to Danny Trevathan to help build out their starting roster on defense in 2020.
Hearing #Colts have legitimate interest in #Broncos FA DL Shelby Harris.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 12, 2020
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A look at the stability and the aggregate OL stats for the Denver Broncos from 2018 to 2019.
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NFL Draft Links
Who should be the Denver Broncos first pick in the NFL Draft? - Mile High Report
My Pre-Combine 1st round Big Board for the Denver Broncos in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Mock Drafts: Thor Nystrom Mock Draft: Day 1 - Fantasy Columns
15. Broncos – Colorado WR Laviska Shenault Too perfect for the Broncos to import the local product over from Boulder. I think Shenault is better than the general public does. He wasn’t done any favors by his offensive situation, his quarterback, or his health at CU. And on the health front: You try staying healthy when your team needs to force-feed you the ball every play to win. But I think Shenault is a pretty safe bet to turn into a guy who’ll evoke a mishmash of Sammy Watkins and Anquan Boldin. Shenault is a fortified 225-pounder who’s hell to bring down. He’s not just a tough-guy, though, you can use him in a myriad of ways. Colorado lined him up all over the place, including at Wildcat QB.
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Junior Courtland Sutton is great and all, but Drew Lock needs more weapons. Lamb is a big-time playmaker.
Colorado WR Laviska Shenault won’t need surgery on nagging injury
The diagnosis, found during a visit at Dr. William Meyers’ office in Philadelphia, actually is good news for Shenault, who will not need surgery and hopes to participate in this month’s combine and then at his pro day March 11.
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It’d be a big boon for the Broncos if Tua goes in the top 14.
Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa headline interesting QB class at NFL combine
The NFL scouting combine is essentially boiled down to four key phases: medical evaluation, interview, athletic testing and positional workouts. This year, in previewing the 2020 combine, we decided to highlight one prospect at each position who needs to nail (at least) one phase of the combine.
NFL Draft Preview: Early NFL Draft QB Rankings (Analytics) - Fantasy Columns
For modeling quarterback prospects, we can completely ignore every athletic test, including size, and just focus on what they did in college. Particularly, age-adjusted production, mobility, and strength of schedule are predictive to NFL success. In this column, I’ll share each NFL Combine invitee’s historical ranking in these metrics, write up what I see on film with some statistical evidence to back up my opinions, and run each prospect through my model
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2020 Super Bowl: The real reason the 49ers lost to the Chiefs
Perfect play-calls don’t happen by accident. They’re the result of intense film study, pattern recognition and, in this particular case, a naive defensive play-caller who thought he could get away with showing one of the NFL’s sharpest offensive minds the same coverages over and over again. That one play didn’t cost the 49ers a championship. But it was just one of many failures by Saleh to change the picture for Reid and Mahomes, which helped them lead the furious comeback.
Colorado expected to contact Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy - NFL.com
Unless he feels the pull to go back to his alma matter, however, it’s difficult to imagine the OC leaping to the college level. After hoisting a Lombardi, Bieniemy is the clear-cut top head coaching candidate next offseason, has a great thing going in K.C., and has nothing else to prove to earn an NFL head coaching job.
Myles Garrett reinstated by NFL – ProFootballTalk
“We welcome Myles back to our organization with open arms,” Browns General Manager Andrew Berry said. “We know he is grateful to be reinstated, eager to put the past behind him and continue to evolve and grow as a leader. We look forward to having his strong positive presence back as a teammate, player and person in our community.”
Does Dak Prescott think he’s worth $40 million per year? – ProFootballTalk
In September, Dak Prescott reportedly turned down a contract that would have paid him roughly $33 million annually. The Cowboys quarterback wanted more.
Who will hand Philip Rivers a starting job for 2020? – ProFootballTalk
Soon-to-be-former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers plans to play up to two more years. Before he can play two more years, he needs to play one more year. Before he can play one more year, he needs to find someone who will give him a job.
Vikes’ Kubiak excited to call plays: ‘I never lost the joy’ - NFL.com
”I get here, we put a system in place, we go to work, we do a job throughout the course of the year,” Kubiak said. “And then one thing changed: One guy got a head coaching job. For me, it’s very familiar. I didn’t have to go back to work a month ago and, say, start over with a new group of coaches. We’re way ahead. We can go back to work and try to make up some more ground here. I think all those things together added a little fuel to the fire, so to speak. It made it easier for me to say, ‘Zim, I appreciate the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it.’”
Lions WR Kenny Golladay not fretting new contract - NFL.com
Eleven wide receivers averaged $15 million per season on their contracts in 2019. Golladay deserves to leap into this group soon.
Sanders: It’s crazy people keep talking about my age - NFL.com
”It’s crazy how people keep talking (a)bout my age but I’m still flying past 23-year-olds and only had two drops the entire year,” Sanders wrote on Twitter Tuesday night. “Keep bringing up my age to make yourself feel good but go look at the film. I’m still playing at a high level and will continue to play at a high level as long as I want (because) my heart is immeasurable and my work ethic is second to none! And this is coming from a good place. I wish nothing but love and happiness to everyone. Just think it’s funny that people keep bringing it up as if it’s a valid point. Lol.”
Is a Reggie White-style free agency tour coming for Tom Brady? – ProFootballTalk
NFL falling all over itself to sign a really old QB feels like such a weird gamble. Not as if he’s taking Josh McDaniels or Belichick with him.