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Hyped for the first pick of the Broncos’ 2021 NFL Draft

Thoughts on why this NFL Draft seems so much more exciting than most of our more recent draft years.

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This time of year, discussions around what the Broncos could, should and probably will do with the first pick of the draft run deep and wide as they dominate the landscape of Broncos Country water cooler talk.

Are we finally going to try to get a real answer at quarterback?

Will we finally see a high talent inside linebacker to complete our defense?

If they do go QB, what does that mean for Drew Lock?

What kind of GM is George Paton and how much better will we understand him after that first pick?

Every angle is fascinating...especially when we have a new guy at the helm that we honestly don’t know much about.

Probably the most exciting part of this year’s draft is just how full of possibility it honestly seems.

At the top of the draft this year there are some really exciting tackles available, some extremely talented cornerbacks, an inside linebacker who looks to be a likely first-year Pro Bowler, a superb tight end, many talented wide receivers, and of course, a handful of serious QB prospects.

Do you stay put?

Do you trade up for a QB because your team loves him?

Do you go defense?

Can you pass up either of those tackles if one of them falls to you?

I’m honestly going to be on the edge of my seat for this Draft. We’re picking high enough to make things extremely interesting, and what happens is going to start shaping my take on just who George Paton is and what he brings to the Broncos organization.

Broncos News:

Making the Case: The argument for the Broncos to trade up from No. 9 in the 2021 NFL Draft
The Broncos could potentially secure a franchise quarterback by trading up in this year's draft.

Mile High Morning: How teams build their NFL Draft boards
“Each board is unique to its team and decision-makers, but one thing remains the same: The path to the draft is not a sprint after the calendar flips to February,” Legwold wrote.

Other NFL News:

NFL players, community react to Derek Chauvin's murder conviction in death of George Floyd
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

Saints coach Sean Payton of post-Drew Brees era: 'Approach is still the same'
Though it's clear the franchise will be altered immensely with future Hall of Famer Drew Brees hanging up his cleats, Saints head coach Sean Payton -- speaking to reporters Tuesday at the TPC Louisiana -- painted a picture of things remaining the same.

NFL, NFLPA release results of annual helmet testing: Three previously approved models now prohibited
The NFL and the NFL Players Association released results of their annual helmet testing, Judy Battista reports. Three helmets that were previously approved for use are now listed as prohibited, which brings the total of prohibited helmets to 16.

BackCAST 2021 | Football Outsiders
Our running back projections agree with the conventional wisdom that Clemon's Travis Etienne and Alabama's Najee Harris are the top prospects in this year's draft. After that, however, things diverge quickly.

Pittsburgh Steelers give coach Mike Tomlin 3-year contract extension through 2024
The Steelers have signed Mike Tomlin to a three-year extension, the team announced Tuesday. Tomlin is entering his 15th season in Pittsburgh and has the highest winning percentage in Steelers history.

Buffalo Bills GM - 'No rush' on extension for QB Josh Allen despite mutual interest
Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane says despite mutual interest from both sides, there's "no rush" to get a contract extension done with quarterback Josh Allen at this time.

Deshaun Watson's lawyer denies allegations in response to civil lawsuits - Sports Illustrated
Deshaun Watson's lawyer said that the lawsuits are "replete with mischaracterizations of Mr. Watson's conduct."

Alex Smith retirement: QB's toughness goes back to 49ers days - Sports Illustrated
Former 49ers GM Scot McCloughan recounts how he saw exactly how tough quarterback Alex Smith was even early on in his career.