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John Elway needs another impact class from 2019 NFL Draft

The 2019 NFL Draft may be the most crucial in John Elway’s tenure as general manager of the Denver Broncos.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

The biggest news we are all anxiously anticipating is who the Denver Broncos will choose to be their next head coach. Once that is announced with a revamped coaching staff in place the franchise can earnestly begin preparing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to become championship contenders once more. Free agency will be a big part of that equation, but without question the Broncos’ long-term success will be highly dependent on how well they draft.

The Broncos officially have nine selections in this year’s draft which was confirmed by John Elway. How did they that many picks? Trades. They received extra fourth and seventh round selections from the Houston Texans for Demaryius Thomas, as well as an extra fifth round selection from the Minnesota Vikings for Trevor Siemian. The team is not expected to receive any compensatory selections but their first seven selections should all be in or near the Top 150 picks overall. That will provide the franchise with the draft capital needed to acquire many quality players or even make moves up the board to get the best prospects possible.

At an early glance the Broncos’ 2018 draft class appears to be the best Elway has ever had in his time leading the franchise. In fact, it could prove to be one of the best any team in the league has had in that span. However, Elway knows that in order for the team to reforge itself into contenders they have to continue to build through the draft.

“We’re not at five, but we’re at 10, so we’ve got to be good in the draft again. It’s got to be important for us to continue to build this way,” stated Elway at his press conference at the end of December. “We had a good year last year and we’ve got to have another good year this year. We’ve got nine picks, and so we’ve got to make those count.”

But what path should the Broncos take via the 2019 NFL Draft to bolster their talent on their roster? They could opt to sell the farm and obtain a highly-prized quarterback such as Dwayne Haskins. It is an interesting idea to ponder but a scenario that would likely leave them short of picks to address other needs. Perhaps they stand pat at the tenth selection and choose one of the best defenders at cornerback, defensive line or linebacker. On the other hand if a top-flight offensive tackle was available a move there makes sense given the issues the team has in that area. The team also is in dire need of a play-making tight end that can give a boost to their passing game. Thankfully, this is a great draft to be searching for a tight end.

What will happen four months from now is entirely unpredictable but there is no question that a successful 2019 NFL Draft is essential in order for the Broncos to rebound from back-to-back losing seasons. It will take a lot of diligence and a bit of luck. All we can do is hope that Elway and the Broncos’ front office can make lighting strike twice in consecutive drafts.

As always, thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.

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