The Denver Broncos have had a huge 2020 offseason thus far. How will they supplement their big trades and free agent pickups in the 2020 NFL Draft?
It’s the Drew Lock era with the Denver Broncos.
Lock was good enough for John Elway to avoid the temptation of his favorite offseason hobby — pursuing veteran quarterbacks.
After signing Peyton Manning in 2012 and winning the Super Bowl in 2015, Elway has been on a quest to find the next franchise quarterback of the Denver Broncos. That task has proven to be a very tall order, but it’s not like quarterbacks are just growing on trees.
As fate would have it, Elway was able to land Drew Lock, widely regarded as a first-round prospect, in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft and with his third overall selection in the class.
Lock was injured in preseason play but started the final five games of the season for the Broncos, who suffered through 11 games of Joe Flacco and Brandon Allen.
Flacco is gone. Allen is gone. The Broncos are moving forward with Lock when they had the chance to talk with the likes of Tom Brady, Teddy Bridgewater, Philip Rivers, and a number of other quarterbacks who would have been ideal Elway targets in any other year.
The fact that Elway passed on this year’s impressive veteran crop tells you all you need to know — the Broncos believe in Drew Lock.
How are they surrounding him with the most talent possible?
So far, through free agency and trades, the Broncos have added:
- RB Melvin Gordon
- OG Graham Glasgow
- DL Jurrell Casey
- CB AJ Bouye
- QB Jeff Driskel
- TE Nick Vannett
The Broncos also franchise tagged safety Justin Simmons and brought back DL Mike Purcell, CB De’Vante Bausby, OL Elijah Wilkinson, and LB/ST Joe Jones.
Elway loves to fill most of his needs prior to the NFL Draft, but has he done enough at this point for the Broncos to go comfortably into the 2020 NFL Draft with only a few key needs?
The Broncos still have needs at wide receiver, defensive line, and center, and they could upgrade at cornerback, linebacker, and elsewhere on the offensive line.
This roster is not a finished product, but Elway has 10 picks in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft to keep adding talent and filling holes.
Let’s take a look at a seven-round mock draft scenario for Denver that could get this team contending sooner rather than later.