I came across a piece this weekend that surprised me enough that I felt it warranted further discussion here. Pro Football Focus released their pre-draft roster rankings and the Denver Broncos, fresh off a 5-11 season, are among the teams PFF sees as true contenders when looking at their overall roster.
6. DENVER BRONCOS
Draft capital rank: 9th
Denver would be even higher if we removed quarterbacks from the equation. The Broncos secondary might be the best in the NFL, with Kyle Fuller and Ronald Darby on the outside, Bryce Callahan in the slot and Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson at the two safety spots.
Unfortunately, Drew Lock has yet to show much in the way of promise. He is one of the three-lowest-graded passers over the last couple of seasons, while no quarterback in the NFL has thrown uncatchable balls at a higher rate.
Will things change on draft day? Only time will tell, but it is worth noting that the three most likely Broncos picks at this moment, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, are North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance (+200), Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons (+400) and Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (+600).
Behind only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, and Buffalo Bills, the Broncos have a roster built to contend in 2021. The caveat, of course, is quarterback. PFF has graded Drew Lock terribly through his first two seasons and no other quarterback in their grading system throws more uncatchable balls than Lock does.
The good news is that the Broncos also have the ninth best draft capital, so they are quite poised to make some massive moves in the first round if they feel the same was about Lock that PFF does.
While many vocal fans remain wholly committed to Lock as the starter in 2021, I am right back where I was the offseason between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. I had seen enough of Trevor Siemian then and I have seen enough of Drew Lock now. Fortunately for me, there is no Paxton Lynch waiting in the wings. Instead, the Broncos have a lot of draft capital and a couple of Top 10 caliber quarterbacks that might be available for them early.
I’m ready for them to pull that trigger and begin a new era in Broncos football. If not, there’s always Teddy Bridgewater.
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