The last time we dove into a GM mock, Trevor Lawrence looked destined for the big apple. A lot has changed since then. Today I’m fortunate to be joined by one of my best friends and fellow draft nerd J.T. Thomas. We’ll swap back and forth as we try to fix each team leading up to your Denver Broncos.
Let’s get running.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB - Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Simply put, Lawrence is the best quarterback prospect I’ve ever seen. Not only is he a great athlete, but an advanced passer who has thrived on the biggest stages that college football has to offer. I have every reason to believe that he’ll been an all pro type player in just a few years.
2. New York Jets - WR - Ja’Marr Chase
Joe Douglas shocks the NFL world by declining any trade offers to add a weapon. Chase has questions about his ability to separate, but he’s a bully at the catch point and can also take advantage of the intermediate area that a player like Denzel Mims could help to open up in year 2.
T3) San Francisco 49ers - QB - Justin Fields
It feels like the 49ers are a quarterback away from being back in the super bowl. And sitting at pick 12, now is the time to move up and get a trigger man who can elevate the offense. Fields is athletic and accurate. And while I have e some questions with his mental processing, there might be no better situation for a quarterback in the NFL in terms of making things easy on the quarterback. A match made in heaven.
4. Atlanta Falcons - TE - Kyle Pitts
Arthur Smith is a former tight end coach and recongizes Pitts for what he is: a weapon who can step in and lift the whole offense. The Gator is sturdy enough to play inline in 11 personnel or motion into the slot or out wide and cause a litany of matchup problems. The draft value arguments will lit, and so will the scoreboard at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
5. Cincinnati Bengals - OT - Penei Sewell
The Bengals drafted their franchise quarterback first overall last year only to watch a promising rookie season come to an abrupt end. Protecting Joe Burrow has to be the top priority. And although I like current left tackle, Jonah Williams, I have confidence that the team can move one of these first round talents to the right side and have a pair of bookend bodyguards to protect the passer.
6. Philadelphia Eagles - Patrick Surtain II
I see this pick as one of the big wildcards near the top of the board. The Eagles are so far over the cap so their roster could look significantly different by the time the draft rolls around. At present corner looks like an urgent need and given the steep fall off for day 1 starters, Howie Roseman grabs a pro-ready Surtain.
T7) Washington Football Team - QB - Zach Wilson
After a massive swing and miss on Dwayne Haskins two years ago, Football Team has to pay extra to move up and get their guy. This investment should provide great returns though. Wilson is ready to step in and lead an NFL offense. His mobility and ability to make “wow” throws all over the field will make him the offensive spark that Washington desperately needs. Combine that with the defense they already have and you can pencil them in for a return trip to the playoffs next season.
8. Carolina Panthers - LB - Micah Parsons
According to Sports Info Solutions, Brian Burns generated 50 individual pass pressures a year, twice what any other Panther notched. Carolina was also an abysmal team at defending the middle of the field against the pass. Parsons is one of the prospects in this class who should be able to immediately help Matt Rhule improve the pass rush while also bolstering a subpar off ball linebacking corps. He doesn’t come without questions, but in this scenario his off field concerns check out.
9) Denver Broncos - YOU Decide
J.T’s vote: ED - Aziz Ojulari
I’m a firm believer that elite strengths win championships. So I want to make this Denver defense and their ability to get to the quarterback one of the best units in the NFL. And while Trey Lance is certainly worthy of consideration, I don’t trust the Broncos to develop him when they’re trying to move on from the last young quarterback they failed to develop.
Who would you pick Broncos’ Country?
Who should the Broncos draft?
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Aziz Ojulari - Edge
Caleb Farley - Corner
Kwity Paye - Edge
Trey Lance - QB
Samuel Cosmi - Tackle
Rashawn Slater - Tackle
Christian Darrisaw - Tackle
Joseph Ossai - Edge
Najee Harris - RB
Travis Etienne - RB
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah - LB/DB
Jaycee Horn - Corner
Zaven Collins - LB
Gregory Rousseau - Edge
Nick Bolton - LB
Teven Jenkins - Tackle
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