To understand the mindset of Broncos Twitter following the announcement of Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II as Denver’s first-round pick at 9, you have to understand what went down about an hour before the Draft began...
There were reports that Aaron Rodgers - you know the Jeopardy host who happens to have an amazing Hail Mary - wanted to be traded out of Green Bay, and Denver was one of his preferred landing spots.
To which Broncos Twitter went ballistic with something it hasn’t had in a long time...
Please make this fucking happen!!!!!— ColoradoCountry09 (@ColoradoCountr5) April 29, 2021
I might go back to being a Broncos fan again if they land Aaron Rodgers— Jeffrey Essary (@JeffreyEssary) April 29, 2021
Me hearing these Aaron Rogers to Denver trade rumors pic.twitter.com/mOdfrDbJ1h— Brad Williams (@funnybrad) April 30, 2021
But then word from Mike Klis and others was that nothing formal was in the works between the Broncos and Rogers and that no deals were getting done today.
And just like that, hope was crushed.
Broncos Country flew right back into panic/anxious mode about what George Paton might do with that ninth overall pick, many hoping he’d trade up to take a QB if the one he liked was there.
And when the Panthers took cornerback Jaycee Horn at No. 8, Broncos fans were sure George Paton was angling to get Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
Fields has to go to Denver, right?— Jeanna Kelley (@jeannathomas) April 30, 2021
Denver’s QBOTF was right there at 9.
No trading up, no giving up assets. Just making the call.
It was the perfect scenario for a team needing a quarterback and picking inside the top 10, especially when at one point many thought all four quarterbacks on the board may be gone by the fifth pick.
Paton just had to make the call...
And that’s when Broncos Twitter erupted with either relief or despair, depending on their level of concern at the signal-caller position.
I’m still not well. Seething would be a word to describe me.— Brandon Quinn (@TheBrandonQuinn) April 30, 2021
If you go into a draft and say "We don't need to take a shot on Trey Lance or Justin Fields, we have Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater," well, I will just say I don't think that's a path to success.— Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) April 28, 2021
I'm kind of baffled. The franchise, which has always been rock solid, seems like they are lost...— Joseph Barracato (@JoeBarracato) April 28, 2021
I’m a Bama guy and love Surtain, but yeah a QB would have been nice— Dennie (@GratefulDen) April 30, 2021
Whoever designed the 2021 NFL Draft hats is almost as bad at their job as the Packers front office is at theirs— Ben Cummins (@BenCumminsFF) April 30, 2021
My @broncos emotions:— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) April 30, 2021
12:30pm - definitely taking Fields AT 9
1:40pm - what?? Aaron Freaking Rodgers has Denver on his list?
5:15pm - THE BRONCOS ARE MAKING A DEAL FOR AARON FREAKING RODGERS!????
6:15 - NO? At least Fields is still there
7:25 - How many damn corners we need?
Just woke up, yep im still dead inside— Jay Avril (@chubbalug) April 30, 2021
In the end, Surtain was Paton’s guy, and the Broncos just got a future All Pro corner to strengthen Vic Fangio’s defense.
Our first chance to talk with Patrick Surtain II. He told me he believes can contribute immediately. If nothing else he can play nickel and dime immediately #Denver7 #Broncos pic.twitter.com/szzt7Va9wg— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) April 30, 2021
Patrick Surtain II: Highest-graded CB over the last two seasons (91.9) pic.twitter.com/pHvekdMsty— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2021
Fangio: "We were just looking for the best player. And at that point in the draft, [Surtain] was definitely our best player on the board." https://t.co/Dpy2wmWZDH— Phil Milani (@philmilani) April 30, 2021
Bryce Callahan and Ronald Darby have made it through a full season once since 2015.— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) April 30, 2021
Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, and Kareem Jackson have contracts that expire after 2021.
Vic Fangio played nickel / dime 75% of the time in 2020.
Patrick Surtain II is a great pick.
For Surtain, the landing spot couldn’t better - to one of the NFL’s top-rated defenses with a coach known for his creativity and reliance on an athletic secondary.
"When I got that Denver area code (phone call), I knew what time it was. I was very excited." Here's what @PatSurtainll had to say about joining the Broncos #9sports #BroncosCountry— 9NEWS Sports Denver (@9NEWSSports) April 30, 2021
Get to know more about Patrick Surtain II HERE: https://t.co/0u3sAinXaM pic.twitter.com/N6iwneJXR7