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Football Outsiders shows Broncos have high chance of Top 5 pick in 2021 NFL Draft

If Football Outsiders projection ends up being correct, should the Denver Broncos go all-in on another quarterback?

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It’s only been two weeks, but Football Outsiders predictive DVOA looks at all aspects of the team and their remaining schedule to sort of predict the chances any given team has at not only a playoff berth, but a Top 5 draft pick.

Sadly, the Denver Broncos have a fairly tough schedule and their number one overall pick odds from Football Outsiders has jumped to 10.3%.

I still think it is way too early for this kind of projection, but I guess it’s okay to talk about it. If this project became reality, would you be down with the Broncos pushing hard to trade up for one of the top quarterbacks in next years’ class?

As much as I like Drew Lock, my answer would be yes. They’d be able to trade Lock on the back side for some good value and end up with an elite quarterback talent to replace him with. So why not?

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