Good morning, Broncos Country!
Less than a week.
That’s how long until the rumors and speculation end and we know what George Paton and the Denver Broncos do in the first round of the NFL Draft. But until then, we’ll continue to have each possible scenario.
On the MHR Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and I were joined by Trevor Sikkema from The Draft Network. The fact we get to talk Broncos ball and the Draft with Trevor is a major treat. And obviously we talked quarterbacks. And not how you might think.
What Paton and Denver ultimately do will be decided on what the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons do at picks No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Trevor is of the opinion that the 49ers are taking Justin Fields. He’s not buying the Mac Jones hype, and he said you don’t move three first-round picks to take Jones. If John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan do take Jones, Trevor told us he’s got a lot of words ready to rip them.
Looks like the only team with better odds at Justin Fields than the Broncos is the 49ers. https://t.co/cXKt7gGkgy— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) April 24, 2021
If you assume the 49ers take Fields, like Trevor thinks will happen, that leaves the Falcons. And everything the Broncos may do is on that selection. If Atlanta takes Trey Lance, Trevor sees Denver staying at No. 9 or trading back depending on what they want to target.
But if the Falcons don’t take Lance ...
“Let’s say they take Kyle Pitts. Let’s say that they don’t even trade the pick,” Trevor said. “Well, Cincinnati’s not going to take a quarterback. Miami’s not going to take a quarterback. Detroit’s probably not, but maybe? But at that point, you’re all of a sudden three picks away ...and Denver might only have to move up three spots if they want to go get Trey Lance? So these are all of the thoughts that go around in my head when I think about what the Broncos could potentially do at No. 9.
“There’s a lot of different things on the table. But I really believe, since I think that Fields is going three, it depends how they view Trey Lance. Because I think that if they have a chance to go get him, even if you kind of like Drew Lock, go up and get a guy like Trey Lance. If it doesn’t cost you much, have an open quarterback competition and go get yourself the best of the bunch.”
What makes that Draft prediction even more interesting is that Trevor thinks Paton and the Broncos had a fantastic offseason.
“I really do believe that the Broncos had one of the best free agency periods,” he said. “Bringing in the secondary players they did. Locking up the guys to make sure the roster is sound. When you look at this Broncos’ depth chart and their projected starters, you can see a few areas where they could use some more talent. But weaknesses? There’s not a lot of them.”
Trevor then went position group by position group and thinks the roster is solid. He ended it by saying that leaves what? Quarterback.
“I think everything has always been about Drew Lock,” Trevor said. “Drew Lock has held the keys to where this current Broncos’ core is going to go. But I feel like Paton did a really good job in free agency ... if they want to move up to get a quarterback or if they just want to take one at No. 9, they have the freedom to do so.”
Each Saturday, I do a segment on Denver radio station ESPN 1600 AM. This week, alongside Denver Post sports columnist Sean Keeler, we advise Paton on his Draft attack.
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