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The Funny Money period is underway, how does it impact the Denver Broncos?

NFL Combine - Day 1
Elway’s showing restraint so far in free agency.
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When a guard is the big signing, it probably hasn’t been a super exciting opening day of free agency. Keep in mind that Denver’s move for A.J. Bouye gave them a big move before the market started, and that Justin Simmons would have been a top 15 free agent for any other team in the league. It looks like the plan is shaping up to be something I called for last week, fiscal responsibility and playing out the second and third wave of free agency in order to find value. It may be boring, but I dig it.

In the meantime though, we got a little clarity on how free agency is going to directly impact the Broncos in the draft. How you may ask? Well...

1. Cincinnati Bengals - QB, Joe Burrow, LSU

Burrow is going number one, and the Bengals just franchised A.J. Green in part because their new savior asked for it.

2. Washington - ED, Chase Young, OSU

There’s going to be rumors about Tua Tagovailoa here until the pick is in, but I don’t think Snyder gives up on Dwayne Haskins so soon.

One way or another, Young will be a top 3 pick.

T3. Miami Dolphins - QB, Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama

While there’s rumors about a certain Oregon Duck, I still expect the Phish to move up to get Tua. If they go all the way to 2, Young will land in Motown. In this scenario there’s little reason to believe Quinn stays still as they’re locked into Stafford and can collect a haul for a small slide down the board.

4. New York Giants - OT, Mekhi Becton, Louisville

There was a rumor that this may be the year Dave Gettleman finally trades down, possibly to get Derrick Brown, who he may like. In the end, I think tagging Leonard Williams and the potential to grab a high upside left tackle to protect his last two first round picks will be too much for him to pass up.

Gettleman is going to chase a big boy.

T5. Detroit Lions - CB, Jeffrey Okudah, OSU

Lions get a haul and the guy they wanted all along.

Okudah and Slay could make the Lions’ pass defense take a big jump forward in 2020.

6. Los Angeles Chargers - OT, Jedrick Wills, Alabama

Tom Telesco found a way to dump Russel Okung and his bitcoin on an unsuspecting college coach. Acquiring Trai Turner and drafting Jedrick Wills will quickly turn a weakness into a strength in 2020.

People have fallen asleep on how good Wills’ tape is.

7. Carolina Panthers - QB, Justin Herbert, Oregon

Matt Hurney risked his health last week to fly across the country and see Herbert throw in shorts. There’s real interest here.

8. Arizona Cardinals - X, Isaiah Simmons, Clemson

The DeAndre Hopkins trade was one heck of a coup. Steve Keim continues to make the Cardinals a dark horse contender when they take Simmons as the new cornerstone of Vance Joseph’s defense. Jury’s out on if that’ll be enough to slow down tight ends.

Simmons would give Vance Joseph a better version of the kind of linebacker Brandon Marshall was supposed to be for him.

9. Jacksonville Jaguars - DL, Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

Doug Marrone is a dead man walking. The fact that Dave Caldwell has started an obvious fire sale hints that he may survive to find another head coach. Kinlaw gives the defense a replacement for Marcel Dareus, a big body to keep blockers on Myles Jack, and a long term disrupter in the middle. All this while still giving Gardner Minshew a shot to prove he’s the guy (or not) in time to turn around and tank for Trevor Lawrence.

“Kinlaw will not fall to 15” Benjamin Allbright

10. Cleveland Browns - OT, Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

He’s the apple of their eye. Wirfs won’t make it past 10.

The only reason Wirfs may slide is his tape isn’t as good as his Combine.

T11. Philadelphia Eagles - WR, Henry Ruggs, Alabama

One of the more obvious issues with the Jets current roster is that ever since they traded up to get Sam Darnold they’ve never built a roster around him. They have quite a bit of cap space to buy talent, but it’d be a huge boon for them to auction off this pick and slide down.

The Eagles, on the other hand are clearly passing weapons away from another legit run in the NFC. After missing out on Byron Jones to the Dolphins, they make sure they add the speed Carson Wentz so desperately needs by grabbing Ruggs.

Ruggs quickness and feet make it hard to play him in soft press.

12. Las Vegas Raiders - WR, CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

Jon Gruden’s irate someone jumped him for Henry Ruggs. Mike Mayock pivots to the next receiver on the Raiders board. Lamb is a legit WR1 for an offense that needs one. His 4.51 keeps him from being as flashy as Ruggs or Jeudy, but watch some of his highlights. This is a scary addition to the AFC West.

If you’re looking for a WR1, Lamb is WR1.

13. San Francisco 49ers - WR, Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

There was a lot of talk yesterday about how the Niners could turn the DeForest Buckner trade into another top tier defensive line prospect. This misses the point that 1) Kinlaw looks like he’ll go before 13 and 2) Robert Saleh has an embarrassment of riches on the defensive line, but Shanahan’s receiving corps is pretty bare after Deebo Samuel.

Ideally Henry Ruggs falls here as his speed could serve to occupy safeties to help Shanny’s rushing attack. That gone, Jeudy gives Jimmy G a reliable outlet receiver who can play inside and outside.

Watching Kyle Shanahan scheme wide open looks for Jeudy and Samuel is going to be nuts.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OT, Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Bruce Arians looks set on Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, or Teddy Bridgewater at the time I write this. One thing any of them will need is a reliable backside protector, and while Donovan Smith’s being paid like one... he’s pretty meh.

Thomas ain’t as flashy as the first three tackles that went off the board. He’s just rock solid.

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Who should Elway draft?

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  • 1%
    ED - K’Lavon Chaisson, LSU
    (38 votes)
  • 8%
    LB - Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
    (222 votes)
  • 5%
    CB - Kristian Fulton, LSU
    (128 votes)
  • 48%
    DL - Derrick Brown, Auburn
    (1214 votes)
  • 6%
    CB - C.J. Henderson, Florida
    (155 votes)
  • 4%
    WR - Denzel Mims, Baylor
    (107 votes)
  • 6%
    OT - Josh Jones, Houston
    (168 votes)
  • 3%
    WR - Justin Jefferson, LSU
    (85 votes)
  • 0%
    RB - D’Andre Swift, Georgia
    (14 votes)
  • 1%
    DB - Xavier McKinney, Alabama
    (49 votes)
  • 1%
    WR - Jalen Reagor, TCU
    (28 votes)
  • 0%
    CB - Jeff Gladney, TCU
    (19 votes)
  • 3%
    WR - Laviska Shenault, Colorado
    (87 votes)
  • 3%
    DL - A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
    (96 votes)
  • 1%
    C - Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
    (40 votes)
  • 2%
    OT - Austin Jackson, USC
    (52 votes)
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