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Hope springs eternal - the Broncos look poised to take a solid step forward this NFL season

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Thoughts on the near future of the Denver Broncos, what Drew Lock means to their draft, and other NFL News

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A couple of things just feel off right now...and no, it has nothing to do with the strange world of trying to do our part to slow down the current pandemic effecting our world.

No, the first thing that is missing is that I’m not hoping on this draft while fearing mistakes. Post Super Bowl 50, the Denver Broncos turned into one of the biggest clown fiesta franchises in the NFL. Every draft seemed to be the biggest deal with huge opportunity met with big risk.

The magical thing about every draft is that we look forward to new players to cheer for and a new infusion of talent into our team. It is exciting. But during the recent dark age of Bronco Country, the fear when talking to other Broncos fans was palpable. Was Elway going to screw up this draft too? Would he ever find a starter in the 2nd round? Would his staff ever get to the point where they were making sensible trades?

But this year just doesn’t seem to be that scary to me as a fan. The team has a sound head coach and a solid foundation of players to work with. We’re entering the 2nd year of Fangio’s tenure with the Denver Broncos. Elway has had two really impressive drafts in a row without anywhere near as many gaffes as what we’d seen from him in the past.

Which leads me to the second thing that seems off this draft year: I’m not looking one bit at any of this year’s quarterback class.

It is honestly so refreshing to have a young QB on the roster who looks competent and appears to still be growing and improving in his craft while taking that task seriously. Drew Lock has freed up this team to really hone in on improving the roster without needing to ransom their draft picks.

Now let’s get him some weapons and get loaded up for this NFL season.

Broncos News

Broncos announce uniform numbers for new additions
Several of the Broncos' newest roster additions have selected their uniform numbers.

NFLN’s Daniel Jeremiah explains where Drew Lock would’ve ranked among this year’s QB crop
Both Lock and Fant were among the best at their positions in the 2019 NFL Draft. Where would they have ranked in 2020?

Other NFL News

Patriots to trade Rob Gronkowski to Buccaneers -
Rob Gronkowski is coming out of retirement to again play in the NFL, but he'll be doing so in Tampa. The Patriots are trading Gronkowski and a seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for a fourth-round pick.

Chargers unveil new uniforms, numbered helmet -
L.A.'s apparel includes six total combos, built out of a "Powder Blue" jersey, white pants, "Sunshine Gold" pants and two Color Rush uniforms (Royal Blue, Navy).

2020 NFL Mock Draft 17.0: Dolphins Get Herbert; Ruggs Before Lamb - Sports Illustrated
Albert Breer projects the first round in his only mock draft of the season. The Dolphins and Chargers get their quarterbacks and the Eagles pass on the wide receivers.

DeAndre Hopkins on the trade from Houston, finding his voice - Sports Illustrated
Why he knew it was over in Houston, what he thinks of the criticism he’s taken, and how he found his way to a new team in the most lopsided trade of the NFL offseason.

2020 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: Top 255 Big Board 3.0 - Sports Illustrated
Ranking the top 255 prospects before 255 players come off the board in the NFL draft this week.