The best part about the NFL draft season is how fluid everything is. Every little move causes the draft needle to jiggle. It’s kind of fun. For the Denver Broncos, that means everyday brings about a new scenario, and new possibilities.
Ian St. Clair and I start off the MHR Radio Podcast with me finally landing on my draft crush. In the end, I surprised no one, and declared my affections for Ohio State QB Justin Fields. “Bring me Justin Fields!”
At the time, I was filled with joy. We went through the scenarios, and we were confident that Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers were going to pick Mac Jones. And then this ...
Ohio State QB Justin Fields will throw for NFL teams again on April 14… and this time, #49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch are expected to attend. Both were in Tuscaloosa watching #Bama QB Mac Jones (and others) while Fields had his first Pro Day.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 7, 2021
What do you mean Shanny Jr. and John Lynch are going to the second OSU Pro Day? Why? He wants Jones!
The genius of the trade up to the third pick for San Francisco is it will have its choice of the remaining top three QBs. Whether Shanahan falls in love with Jones, Fields, or Trey Lance, the 49ers control their own destiny. It also means Broncos are at the mercy of San Francisco if they covet one of those three players.
While the Carolina Panthers trading for Sam Darnold takes one team out of the QB market, there are several teams that could make a move to get ahead of Denver. The New England Patriots and Chicago Bears might try and trade up with the Atlanta Falcons or Carolina. Both teams desperately need a QB of the future.
On top of all that, Atlanta might see one of the three aforementioned players as its QB of the future. The water continues to get murkier.
If George Paton wants a QB, it forces his hand.
Were it my choice, I would get a deal in place for a trade with Atlanta, and one with Carolina, all contingent on who is still available. Should the need arise, the Broncos could pull the trigger to go get their guy. I know what I would do.
The problem is I don’t know what Paton would do.
At this point, all options are on the table for the Broncos. There are certainly players that don’t play QB that would make Denver happy at No. 9. Penei Sewell would help make the offensive line better. Patrick Surtain II could be the next man up in the CB rotation. Kyle Pitts is a freak, and pairing him with Noah Fant, in this offense, is really enticing.
All of that could (I repeat, could) be a possibility at 9. Or, Paton may like trading back. I’m sure several teams would love an opportunity to get a top ten player in this draft. It feels top heavy in some ways, and if there is a desire to build draft capital, it would make sense.
All the woulds, coulds, and shoulds out there make this the most unpredictable draft the Broncos have had in a long time. Paton has given nothing away. At this point, we are all along for the ride, and it’s the most fun I have had with a draft.