We are just days away from the start of the 2022 NFL Draft which means the pre-draft process is completed. Part of that process is having a max of 30 prospects visit your facility and have a pre-draft visit with the team, coaches, and management. These visits are called the “Top-30” visits and the prospects who the Broncos had in have been mostly reported one way or another.
I have been keeping tabs on the reported visits and have 28 of the 30 reported top-30 visits. All the rest of the prospects the Broncos have reportedly shown interest in are listed in my Broncos draft interest tracker.
Note: This doesn’t count Wyoming ILB Chad Muma who was technically a local visit, not a top-30 visit according to 9New’s Denver’s Mike Klis
Broncos' unofficial top-30 pre-draft visits
- Tyler Smith, OT, Tulsa
- Nick Grant, DB, Virginia
- Isaih Pacheco, RB, Rutgers
- Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
- Cordale Flott, CB, LSU
- Shermani Jones, RB, Coastal Carolina
- Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
- Ja’Quan McMillan, DB, East Carolina
- Cam Jurgens, OC, Nebraska
- Matt Waletzko, OL, North Dakota
- Braxton Jones, OL, Southern Utah
- Dylan Parham, IOL, Memphis
- Cole Strange, IOL, Tennessee-Chattanooga
- Jared Bernhardt, WR/KR/QB, Ferris State
- Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Maryland
- DeAngelo Malone, EDGE, Western Kentucky
- James Cook, RB, Georgia
- Tariq Carpenter, LB/S, Georgia Tech
- DaRon Bland, CB, Fresno State
- Thayer Munford, IOL, Ohio State
- Nik Bonitto, EDGE, Oklahoma
- Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State
- Travis Jones, IDL, UCONN
- Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC
- Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
- Damarion Williams, CB, Houston
- Zamir White, RB, Georgia
- Smoke Monday, CB, Auburn
Based on the position groups listed above, It is clear that offensive tackle/offensive line, edge rusher, and defensive back(CB/S) are the positions the Broncos are focused on heading into the draft. They spent a significant amount of time on these positional groups, so I expect them to select these positions with some of their top-100 selections.
Of the 28 prospect visits, I have rounded up, 9 of them were defensive backs, 8 of them were offensive linemen, and 3 of them were edge rushers. The amount of edge rushers is lower, but, USC’s Drake Jackson and Oklahoma’s Nik Bonitto are two of the highest-rated prospects to visit Dove Valley. We also saw four running backs in for a visit. So, look for the Broncos to add a potential “1B” to pair with running back Javonte Williams.
So, what can we gather from this? I expect them to add at least one cornerback early if possible and probably another later as well. The depth behind Patrick Surtain II isn’t great and you can never have enough corners, especially in the AFC West. Also, the Broncos brought in a bunch of the top zone interior offensive lineman, so Lloyd Cushenberry’s job may not be safe(and potentially Dalton Risner). I expect them to add a tackle, but it may not be as early as some hope. Adding Billy Turner doesn’t make tackle a big immediate need.
As for edge prospects, it can go either way. I expect them to draft one, but when is the big question. It’s a deep class according to George Paton, so he may wait to select one, but, two of the biggest names who visited were edge rushers, so he could even trade up for one. Either way, with the questions at edge rusher, look for at least one to be added before the final pick is announced.
In the end, I think these visits give us a good idea of the type of players and positions the Broncos are targeting during the 2022 NFL Draft. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to draft one of, if any, of the prospects listed above, but we can draw some conclusions from this list.