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2024 NFL Draft: Broncos mock draft roundup

Who do the experts and analysts have the Denver Broncos selecting in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft?

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It’s that time of year again. The offseason is officially here and now we start looking towards how the Broncos can improve their team and get themselves back into the postseason. For the first time in two years, the Broncos have a first-round pick which opens up some conversation and debates that we could not have the prior two offseasons.

It’s still very early, but the mock drafts are coming in fast and furious now that we have hit the offseason. I will look through all the notable ones available and updated and give you who they believe or think the Denver Broncos will select in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

CBS Sports - Washington Wide Receiver - Rome Odunze

With four QBs already off the board, Denver would have to trade up to land Russell Wilson’s successor; otherwise, it could target wide receiver — and Rome Odunze, who reminds me of A.J. Brown, has been special for the Huskies this season.

SB Nation - Illinois Defensive Tackle, Jer’Zhan Newton

Denver’s run defense was a mess this year. Newton might not have the length of a traditional DT, but he wins with quickness and explosion that’ll help on all three downs.

USA Today - Clemson Cornerback, Nate Wiggins

12. Denver Broncos – Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Aidan O’Connell tossing two touchdowns in the regular-season finale should serve as a reminder that this secondary still is a problem. At 6-2 and 185 pounds with the fluidity to stick with receivers at every level of the field, Wiggins would make for an imposing cornerback tandem with Patrick Surtain II.

Bleacher Report - Washington Quarterback, Michael Penix Jr.

The Denver Broncos appear ready to move on from Russell Wilson. If that’s the case, they should release the veteran quarterback with a post-June 1 designation to ensure they aren’t paying more than expected for him going into the 2024 season.

To offset Wilson’s $35.4 million dead salary-cap charge, investing in a rookie signal-caller would be the smartest path forward for Denver. However, head coach Sean Payton almost certainly doesn’t want to start over from scratch with a first-year QB who can’t handle his offense.

Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. would provide a solid middle ground as he continues to ascend draft boards.

“Payton wants to throw the ball around the yard,” Klassen said. “At this point in the draft, Penix is his best bet.

“Though Penix’s rookie age (24), medical history and throwing mechanics are concerns, his arm talent and willingness to chuck the ball down the field are undeniable. Penix will need to show more ability to attack between the numbers to grow into a star quarterback, but his arm talent and fearless mindset are great starting points.”

Pro Football Focus - Alabama Edge Rusher, Dallas Turner

Quarterback is the Broncos’ top need, but it’s hard to justify that here after five are off the board. (I believe Nix, Penix and Daniels will certainly be Broncos targets).

Turner has the best combination of size, speed and production in this year’s edge rusher class, sporting a 90.6 pass-rush grade on true pass sets over the past two seasons.

NY Post - Clemson Cornerback, Nate Wiggins

CB Nate Wiggins, Clemson

A lean 6-2, 185-pound man-to-man corner who has drawn comparisons to Darius Slay to bookend Patrick Surtain.

Sporting News - LSU Quarterback, Jayden Daniels

The Heisman Trophy winner exploded for a big season with terrific speed and athleticism along with big-play passing flair, making him a first-round worthy dual threat. The Broncos can start over for Sean Payton here as they work to get out of Russell Wilson’s contract.

The 33rd Team - Alabama Edge Rusher, Dallas Turner

With offensive players dominating the top 10, defensive players start to dominate the middle of the first round. The Denver Broncos must figure out their quarterback situation, but they have bigger issues on defense. Dallas Turner is one of the higher-ceiling pass rushers in the class with the high-end traits needed to develop into a double-digit sack guy.

The Draft Network - Florida State Wide Receiver, Keon Coleman

The Broncos made it known that they are moving on from Russell Wilson, so quarterback is a position of need. But they also need to address the receiver room and draft a player who they believe can be a No. 1 receiver, and that’s exactly what Keon Coleman is. Coleman is a physical receiver who is explosive and can make plays—exactly the type of dominant skill set the Broncos need.