One week out from the SB, and we all see the writing on the wall, change will be inevitable for this team. With that I am suspecting that the Broncos will look to trade back just to stockpile more picks.
Broncos trade back with the Bengals for pick 18 and pick up extra 5th this year and an extra 4th and 5th for 2025. I know not a huge bang, but value wise it’s a good deal for the Broncos.
Pick 18 – Bo Nix, QB Oregon: I have mixed feelings regarding Nix, I think he’s a decent prospect, but he does strike me as someone that might not have the ultimate upside you are looking for. Of the guys coming out, I think he and Penix will have the easiest transition to being able to start sooner, but it does concern me that he only excelled at Oregon when they ran a simplified offense. That being said, he has a ton of experience, he had a stellar season, and has the tools you like to see in a modern QB, being able to make plays with his arm and with his legs.
Pick 76 – Braden Fiske, DT FSU: Has really gotten better every year, and showed up big this year, climbing up the draft boards. He’s a high effort type of player who is relentless, uses his hands well and is surprisingly quick with his rush, knows how to work off players, has been shining at the Senior Bowl. Lacks elite speed or strength and can play too upright at times, but this year’s draft is not deep with interior lineman that can generate pressure, he should be able to be a rotational guy early with a chance of developing into a quality starter.
Pick 113- Ainias Smith WR, Texas A&M: Somewhat struggled this last season coming off an injury in 2024, but I would chalk that up to the coaching at Texas A&M. He’s a guy who is a playmaker and is a matchup nightmare with his speed and quickness, ability to score in a variety of ways and shows great run after the catch ability due to his time as a RB. One of those hybrid type players where you can get him the ball in his hands and let him work in space. Somewhat undersized so will have difficulty in contested balls and durability may be a concern due to size, but he is solidly built and someone you can scheme for and make defenses pay attention to where he is at all times.
Pick 121 – DJ James CB Auburn: He’s got a great feel for coverage and route recognition, very good ball skills, and understands technique and leverage. He has good size and length but not outstanding speed, but finds a way to be in the right place at the right time. Very good in zone and does an excellent job reading the QB. Can have some issues with tackling as he lacks the bulk to really deliver a pop, more of a grab and drag guy.
Pick 149 – Drake Nugent C Michigan: Hometown kid who is an experienced starter playing 4 years at Stanford before transferring to Michigan last year. Right now he’s a much better run blocker than pass blocker, but he is smart and experienced player who can make protection calls at the line and understands angles. Will need to work on keeping his feet moving in pass protection as he has a tendency to rely on his initial punch and fails to keep his feet going.
Pick 151 – Braelon Allen RB Wisconsin: Huge bruising back with surprising speed. He looks to punish defenders and in some ways is a bigger and faster version of Javonte Williams, biggest issue is due to how he initiates a lot of contact he has had some issue with fumbles in college. He does possess long speed to take runs to the house if he gets past the second level and surprisingly good hands as a WR out of the backfield and can be a nightmare on screens. Will need to work on his pass protection as he tries to cut too much right now, especially based on his size.
Pick 233 – Jalen Green S Mississippi State: He’s a tad undersized but plays with an attitude when hitting, shows good ball skills, and shows good ability to play CB or safety as far as man to man skills. Can be a little too cautious in zone and fails to break as timely on passes, also can get handsy when in man coverage. A ton of experience and shows decent speed and quickness for the position.
Pick 240 – Jeremy Flax OT Kentucky: Massive guy with huge wing span, a developmental type project that will need to work on his footwork and hand placement, right now much better in the pass than run game as he struggles to sustain blocks in the run game and due to sloppy handwork falls off blocks. Pass game he uses his length and mass to stymie rushers, but can be susceptible to counter moves.