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CFP National Championship story to follow: will Broncos Country be watching their future QB?

The Denver Broncos, now almost certainly looking for a new starting QB, have two intriguing options to watch in Michael Penix, Jr. and JJ McCarthy as Washington takes on Michigan on Monday night

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The Russell Wilson era of the Denver Broncos is all but over and ended with a whimper.

The former nine-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl winner (at the expense of the Broncos) was thought to be the guy to solidify the QB position for the Broncos, a position since the retirement of Peyton Manning had been passed around like a note in 8th grade study hall. Instead, what he brought was more disappointment and at significant financial cost.

Now, as Wilson sits the bench for the second straight week for the regular season final in Las Vegas, all attention turns to the debate as to who will replace Wilson. Could it be Jarrett Stidham, the man currently taking the first-team reps? Possibly, but it’s unlikely he’s anything more than a Band-Aid.

Nay, it is more likely that Sean Payton will find his future signal caller in the 2024 draft, and as it turns out, two of those players will be duking it out for the CFP National Championship this coming Monday night.

As mock draft season approaches, which are nothing but guesses, expect the Broncos pick to begin to become more synonymous with QB. While guys like Drake Maye and Jayden Daniels are the most desirable, the Broncos played themselves out of position to draft them, but two recent mock drafts already have the Broncos taking either Bo Nix or Michael Penix, Jr., of Oregon and Washington, respectively.

Penix, along with J.J. McCarthy of Michigan are two realistic draft options (as it stands today) who will be dueling for the biggest crown in college football. Neither is projected as a top-10 pick, so it reasons to say that Denver could be in ideal position to draft either of them should they choose to do so.

McCarthy is an ultra-efficient, but not so much flashy, leader for the Michigan Wolverines, and given Jim Harbaugh’s success with developing QBs, it bears mentioning that he could be someone Payton would like to keep tabs on. He completes over 70% of his passes and rarely throws interceptions. His limitations, however, are his youth at only 20 years old as of this day, and the fact he plays like more of a game manager at this point in his career. He could be a development project and a star in a couple of years. but throwing him in like baptism by fire could be risky.

Penix is a FAR more seasoned QB, in his sixth year of college and will be 24 years old when he starts his NFL career. The hang-ups with him will likely be his age, the fact he wasn’t great at Indiana (so was it they system at Wash?), his first school, and he is more mistake prone than McCarthy. Yet, this dude can PRODUCE. He can make every throw, is an impeccable leader, and is fearless.

The dude dominated Texas in the semifinal singlehandedly doing whatever he wanted and whenever he wanted to do it. He displayed ELITE play and exciting play at that.

Yet, with someone like McCarthy (or Nix), you may get more balance and efficiency. Either way, it’s very possible that the future Denver Broncos QB gets crowned national champion on Monday night.


Would you be okay with JJ McCarthy or Michael Penix, Jr. as next Broncos QB?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    Only Penix
    (293 votes)
  • 12%
    Only McCarthy
    (91 votes)
  • 32%
    (237 votes)
  • 15%
    (116 votes)
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