Good morning, Broncos Country!
To the surprise of no one, there is a split amongst Denver Broncos fans.
What would an offseason be without such division?
One side is OK with George Paton selecting a quarterback in the NFL Draft. The other is OK running it back with Drew Lock. That also means they want no part of a QB in the Draft.
Neither side is right nor wrong, but the point remains the same — the Broncos are a quarterback away. Whether it’s a rookie or Lock, the play from that position must improve. Is that the only issue for this team? Of course not. But it’s also the biggest. Improved play from the quarterback position certainly won’t hurt. After all, the NFL is a quarterback driven league.
As for the camp that does want Paton to select a quarterback, it seems it’s down to two players – Justin Fields and Trey Lance. As I’ve joked on the MHR Radio Podcast, since so much of my focus goes to the NFL, I want to stay married. That means I can’t put a lot of attention on college football, so I have to trust what others tell me.
What’s interesting is some of the sportsbooks have pegged the Broncos as the favorites to take Lance in the Draft (at least for now).
Sportsbooks peg the #Broncos as the favorites to take Trey Lance in the #NFLDraft (at least for now). For those in #BroncosCountry who don’t want a QB, Denver is also a favorite to take Patrick Surtain. https://t.co/3wiqxnam9i— Play Colorado (@Colorado_Play) April 16, 2021
Adam Malnati has let it be known that his Draft crush is Fields. I’ve been told a lot of great things about Lance by those who have followed him and North Dakota State. They tell me he has an incredibly high ceiling, which is both exciting and terrifying. Despite that high ceiling, I want Fields in Denver.
Andrew Mason pointed out a connection that shouldn’t be overlooked. Mike Shula was the coach most responsible for Newton becoming the eventual NFL MVP and leading the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 50. Pro Football Focus made the comparison between Fields and Newton.
As Mase said on Twitter: Thus, who better to maximize the talents of such a player than the current Broncos quarterback coach?
What Denver ultimately does is predicated on what the San Francisco 49ers do with their No. 3 pick. And what they may do is all over the map. Does John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan go Fields, Lance or Mac Jones? When it comes to the Broncos, the ideal scenario is the 49ers take Jones.
In less than two weeks, we’ll have Denver’s answer – and I think it’s a new quarterback.
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