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Kiper/McShay three-round mock has Broncos taking quarterback early

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay of ESPN built for the future with the Denver Broncos in their three-round mock draft.

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We’re nearing the end of mock draft season for the 2021 NFL Draft. One of the bigger mocks came out last week with Todd McShay and Mel Kiper of ESPN dropped a full three-round mock draft.

Their picks for the Denver Broncos basically amounts to what I hope they do almost exactly. It, predictably for me, all starts with that first pick and the quarterback position.

9. Denver Broncos

Kiper’s pick: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Remember: This mock draft is what I would do, and I don’t think Drew Lock is the long-term answer in Denver. Lance is only 20, and he’ll need some time, but he has a high ceiling.

Lance’s chances of being available here: 5.1%

If they were to get Lance early, then I would very much like to see Denver trade Lock somewhere and make an attempt to get a guy like Teddy Bridgewater to take the reigns of the football team while they bring Lance along.

With the quarterback position secured for the future, Denver’s focus would need to turn to the future as well and that is exactly what McShay does for them with their second round pick.

40. Denver Broncos

McShay’s pick: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

Linebacker was the first thing I looked for on my “best available” sheet, but there’s just no value there. While Denver brought in Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller (who is on a one-year deal), I still think this cornerback unit needs depth. Samuel can also play the nickel role in the short term.

Kyle Fuller signed a one-year deal and that secondary looks scary as hell, but after 2021 they will once more be looking to fill holes back there. Fuller could be gone and Kareem Jackson too. That makes picking up a guy like Asante Samuel Jr. in the second around a huge step towards addressing an issue long before it becomes an issue and I like that.

There is another big hole that could open up on defense after next season and that is the future of one future Hall of Fame edge rusher in Von Miller. This time Kiper steps in to help address that future roster hole.

71. Denver Broncos

Kiper’s pick: Joseph Ossai, OLB, Texas

This is a great fit, as Ossai is undersized and probably needs to land on a team that runs a 3-4. He could be a menace as a rookie pass-rusher in Vic Fangio’s defense.

I’m not going to lie, if this ended up being the Broncos haul in the first three rounds then I’d be over the moon excited about this draft class. McShay and Kiper did a great job of seeing how drafting a quarterback in the first round would change the Broncos overall draft strategy significantly from a win-now tact to a build for beyond 2021 tact.

I like it. What did you think of this three-round mock?

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