Over the last month we’ve seen Justin Simmons receive another franchise tag and A.J. Bouye and Jurrell Casey receive walking papers. George Paton had a press conference with plenty of vague answers that leave him plenty of wiggle room in the days ahead.
It’s an exciting time in Broncos Country. Hope springs eternal. What better time than now to have the fourth edition of our Broncos Vote Mock. To add to the fun I’ve decided to throw a bit of a wildcard into this mock - before he gave you the keys, Paton took a future first round pick from New Orleans in a trade down.
Let’s get cooking.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB - Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
You know they’re going to do it. I know they’re going to do it. Let’s move on.
2. New York Jets - QB - Zach Wilson - BYU
More and more this looks like a near certainty. I didn’t run with this last Vote Mock, so going to throw it here. Wilson makes a ton of sense in the Shanahan/Kubiak system that the Jets look like they’re gearing up to run. It also gives them a chance to flip Sam Darnold for draft capital.
Updated Tim Jenkins QB Power Rankings:— Tim Jenkins (@TJenkinsElite) February 13, 2021
1. Zach Wilson
2. Trevor Lawrence
3. Mac Jones
4. Justin Fields
5. Trey Lance
Coming this week - Davis Mills
3. Miami Dolphins - OT - Penei Sewell - Oregon
I don’t expect the Dolphins to make this pick, whether it’s a trade for Deshaun Watson or to a QB needy team. In this scenario no one meets Chris Grier’s demands, and Jack Easterby hates Tua Tagovailoa for some reason. As the clock ticks down, Miami grabs who some consider a generational tackle and leave Brian Flores to figure it out. Maybe Austin Jackson can slide inside?
4. Atlanta Falcons - TE - Kyle Pitts - Florida
QB has been a popular spot here and rightfully so. The Falcons could be a perfect situation for Trey Lance because he’d have time behind Matt Ryan with Arthur Smith’s offense that made Ryan Tannehill relevant. Atlanta could also serve as a homecoming for Georgia native Justin Fields. Instead Terry Fontenot puts a stamp on the franchise with the freaky Pitts.
“Stop thinking of Pitts as just a tight end. … He’s in a different category than any player I can remember.”@MelKiperESPN predicts Kyle Pitts could be the highest-drafted TE since the AFL-NFL merger (ESPN+): https://t.co/1PJyCd9IyP pic.twitter.com/nlw6mFqeQq— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 2, 2021
5. Cincinnati Bengals - WR - Ja’Marr Chase - LSU
Without Sewell to fall back on the Bengals reconnect Joe Burrow with an old friend. Some complain they should have grabbed Slater or Darrisaw.
Most 15+ yard TD RECs since 2018:— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 4, 2021
DeVonta Smith - 29
Jaelon Darden - 20
Cade Johnson - 20
Ja'Marr Chase - 18
Dyami Brown - 17
Jerry Jeudy - 17 pic.twitter.com/s6NAgqqg5p
6. Philadelphia Eagles - WR - Jaylen Waddle - Alabama
When you’re in Love you make a lot of choices you regret later. Philly turns down trade offers to grab their new starter a familiar face in hopes that he can turn easy catches into big plays. Word is the Lions wanted him?
7) Detroit Lions - RB - Najee Harris - Alabama
Half of Michigan is as happy as a bunch of fresh water clams. The lower half is mad that Brad Holmes didn’t even consider a pittance to slide down the board a little. A running back at seven? What is this 2007?
T8. Houston Texans - QB - Mac Jones - Alabama
Deshaun Watson’s a Panther. Mackorkle is going to Texas. Jack Easterby and David Culley set out to save the NFL from the 21st century.
If you're drafting Mac Jones in the first round -- especially in the first half of the first round -- what's your hope for him?— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) February 23, 2021
The answer for all these unspectacular dudes is always Kirk Cousins. If Kirk is your hope for him, that's a sad way to use a first-round pick.
T9) New Orleans Saints - QB - Justin Fields - Ohio State
With three quarterbacks on the board George Paton looks at you and says “I did a deep drive on Drew. Like I said in my press conference, he’s very talented. He was inconsistent at times and has a lot to work on, but I’ve spoken with Drew. I see him every day. He’s here early and he’s working. He really wants to be great. We’re always going to try and bring in competition to every position, the quarterback as well. I like the trek that Drew is on.”
Sean Payton takes Justin Fields and says he can blend the best of Drew Brees with what Taysom Hill did against the Broncos.
There aren’t 2 Quarterback prospects in this class that are better than Justin Fields.— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) March 3, 2021
10. Dallas Cowboys - CB - Caleb Farley - Virginia Tech
The coaching staff begs for Patrick Surtain, but Jerry sees a burgeoning superstar. He paid good money to call the shots.
Who are some LATE/MID-round prospects that are similar styles to EARLY round players in the #2021NFLDraft? Fun exercise this week on Journey to the Draft!— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) March 5, 2021
Alijah Vera-Tucker/Kendrick Green
Caleb Farley/Robert Rochell
Carlos Basham/Chauncey Golstonhttps://t.co/eBOY4Uch1Z pic.twitter.com/VZkzqTSm3i
11. New York Giants - LB - Micah Parsons - Penn State
Where some see off field concerns, Dave Gettleman sees a future Hall of Famer.
Both of these are NFL GMs in the year 2020. pic.twitter.com/ozz4Aqqlxb— John Chapman (@JL_Chapman) April 20, 2020
12 San Francisco 49ers - QB - Trey Lance - NDSU
Kyle Shanahan almost kills Lynch when he balks at two firsts to get up to Denver. Shanny almost dies when the Saints wind up at the podium. In the end, he gets his guy and Lance has a chance to sit and learn in a system he can wreck in.
Trey Lance ripping a couple of Field Out throws with perfect footwork, timing and a whole lotta zip pic.twitter.com/gDsKRaqqHg— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) March 3, 2021
13. Los Angeles Chargers - OL - Rashawn Slater - Northwestern
While everyone else is stuck debating where Slater plays, Tom Telesco grabs a steal. Again.
There's a heavy debate at the top of this OT class, with Penei Sewell, Rashawn Slater, and Christian Darrisaw vying for the top spots.— AJ Schulte (@AJDraftScout) March 1, 2021
With Sewell as my OT1, I took a deep dive into the battle between Slater and Darrisaw for that OT2 spot. Check it out!https://t.co/cHwHYdliFP
14. Minnesota Vikings - OT - Christian Darrisaw - Virginia Tech
Rick Spielman lets out a sigh of relief. Darrisaw’s thrown into the fire early in the Kubiak system where he’ll have a chance to make the most of his mobility teeing of on smaller defenders.
Christian Darrisaw at the second level everyone. pic.twitter.com/EhmcS77KHL— Nicholas McGee (@nicholasmcgee24) March 1, 2021
15. New England Patriots - Patrick Surtain II - Alabama
There’s a sub on reddit about what Saban said to scouts so Surtain landed with Bill.
Patrick Surtain II wasn’t flagged once in all of 2020. pic.twitter.com/CxZbxMhLBV— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 1, 2021
16) Arizona Cardinals - ED - Kwity Paye - Michigan
While J.J. Watt’s a huge addition, he costs the Cards a chance to keep both Chandler Jones and Haason Riddick. Paye gives Vance Joseph another versatile chess piece that can play up and down the line of scrimmage. Arizona gives the Wolverine a chance to learn from Watt in a scheme that frees him up for easy one on ones.
Kwity Paye is downright scary. The #10 overall player on the XTB Big Board, and top EDGE in this year's #NFLDraft class. @MHolder95 walks you thru what makes him so dominant and why he should be a priority for teams picking at the top (and IDP leagues).https://t.co/A3vKGJlCaS pic.twitter.com/38B9d47W4L— ExpandTheBoxscore.com (@XTBoxscore) March 4, 2021
17. Las Vegas Raiders - DL - Christian Barmore - Alabama
The jokes about Mayock scouting three games continue.
Here's an in game example of a U-turn...— Craig Roh (@craigroh) February 24, 2021
Christian Barmore could have done a better job of staying on the heel line, but ultimately does a great job making the play in the backfield. pic.twitter.com/GqFlGJ73Df
18. Miami Dolphins - WR - DeVonta Smith - Alabama
Miami gets their WR1 and Tua quickly changes Smith’s tune.
T19. Pittsburgh Steelers - OL - Alijah Vera-Tucker - USC
The Big Ben retirement tour demands big bodies to keep him upright.
USC LT Alijah Vera-Tucker with a 3 for 1 special on this play. He’s playing at a very high level. pic.twitter.com/rwfhDnsXcG— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 26, 2020
T20. Seattle Seahawks - ED - Ronnie Perkins - Oklahoma
Tell me this would surprise you after the last five years.
#Oklahoma DE Ronnie Perkins' film against Oklahoma State is shared a ton, but I think his #Florida performance is just as impressive.— Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson) February 22, 2021
-Violent squeeze, blows up puller on QB power
-Delayed stunt, gets QB hit and forces quick throw
-Quick get off for TFL
Top 5 EDGE for me. pic.twitter.com/jZ6mcNOQIB
21. Indianapolis Colts - WR - Rashod Bateman - Minnesota
Chris Ballard digs Big Ten prospects and Bateman gives Carson Wentz another big target to throw to.
Per Source: Bateman ran a 4.37 hand time and a 4.39 laser at the Exos combine.— Rashod Bateman (@R_bateman2) February 27, 2021
*Rashod Bateman is not slow
22. Tennessee Titans - OT - Teven Jenkins - OSU
With limited funds to upgrade the roster in free agency Robinson chases some fliers on receivers and corners with an eye on the lines of scrimmage in the draft.
Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins is a bonafide first round pick. An incredible player that's easy to love on tape.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 3, 2021
He'll meet/has met virtually w/ #Cardinals, #Chiefs, #Broncos, #Ravens, #Colts, #Patriots, #Buccaneers, #Jets, #Bills, #Jaguars, #Titans, #Packers, #Saints & #49ers.
23. New York Jets - CB - Jaycee Horn - South Carolina
Horn lands in a perfect spot to maximize his strengths and quickly becomes the face of Saleh’s defense.
I love Surtain & Farley but I’m a huge believe in Jaycee Horn. He more than likely is the 3rd CB off the board when the draft arrives but he’s my CB1!— Damian Parson (@DP_NFL) February 16, 2021
T24. Green Bay Packers - Jaelen Phillips - Miami
Given another chance at picks Martin Mayhew falls further down the board. The Pack move up to add punch to their pass rush and shrug off concerns about Phillips’ injury history.
Jaelen Phillips— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) November 16, 2020
That's a tight corner for a man who's 6-6, 265 pic.twitter.com/2E3CGk44mb
25. New England Patriots - LB - Zaven Collins - Tulsa
Given the opportunity at a loaded secondary, Belichick instead trades Stephon Gilmore to his old friend. With the 25th pick in the NFL Draft he takes a swing on the freaky fish from a small pond.
26. Cleveland Browns - ED - Azeez Ojulari - Georgia
The Browns want to make Myles Garett’s life easier and the Bulldog should do just that.
Azeez Ojulari vs. K'Lavon Chaisson in their final collegiate season: pic.twitter.com/x7N239eYio— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) March 5, 2021
T27. Kansas City Chiefs - OT - Samuel Cosmi - Texas
After watching Patrick Mahomes’ best piñata impression, Reid grabs a bookend to insure against Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz’ injuries and age.
Update, I also like Samuel Cosmi (UT, OT). This tackle class really has everything. pic.twitter.com/jnmcIzAX3v— Dante Collinelli (@DanteCollinelli) February 27, 2021
28) Denver Broncos - YOU Decide
Who would you pick Broncos’ Country?
Who should the Broncos draft?
This poll is closed
ED - Jayson Oweh - Penn State
ED - Gregory Rousseau - Miami
ED - Jayson Oweh - Penn State
CB - Asante Samuel Jr. - FSU
CB - Greg Newsom - Northwestern
LB - Nick Bolton - Missouri
S - Trevon Moehrig - TCU
S/LB? - Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah - Notre Date
RB - Javonte Williams - North Carolina
RB - Travis Etienne - Clemson
OT - Dillon Radunz - NDSU
OT - Alex Leatherwood - Alabama
OT - Jalen Mayfield - Michigan
Other (Please Comment)
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Via Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, someone has purchased Facebook ads that promote an article touting Snyder’s charitable activities. The article appears on NYCTalk.org, a sporadically-updated website that (among other things) currently asks the question, “What’s for Dinner this Valentine’s Day in NYC?” Then there are the bots.
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