The Denver Broncos top task this offseason is figuring out their long-term answer at the quarterback position. Currently, the Broncos have Russell Wilson and Jarrett Stidham on their roster and both enter the offseason with questions surrounding how they fit with the team next year. Wilson was benched at the end of the season, and it sounds like he will be released in the next couple of months. While Stidham will most likely be back with the team next year, but the question is does the team feel comfortable with him being their starter going into the 2024 season.
In free agency, the team will be limited in what they can do, since they are expected to be more than 23 million dollars over the salary cap. A couple of free agents the team could get for a relatively cheap price include Gardner Minshew, Jacoby Bissett, and Tyrod Taylor. However, neither of these players is much of an upgrade over Jarrett Stidham.
Denver Broncos make a bold move to land their quarterback of the future
This means Denver will likely turn to the NFL Draft to find their quarterback of the future. There have been rumors about the Broncos trading up for one of the top three quarterbacks, but that will be extremely hard to do. However, the team could trade down and pick up a second-round pick. Then after trading down, they could still get the fourth or fifth-best single caller in the 2024 NFL Draft.
In this mock draft, I have the Denver Broncos trading the 12th overall pick for the 22nd and 53rd selection. The Eagles might be willing to make this trade as they will want to move up and take one of the best cornerbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft. Philadelphia also has an extra second-round pick which they received from the New Orleans Saints.
Round 1 Pick 22: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
Sean Payton prioritizes two things when looking for his quarterbacks. The first trait he values is accuercey, especially when it comes to hitting the wide receiver in a spot where they can pick up yards after the catch. The second trait he values is someone who shows a good understanding of the game and can pick up his complicated offense.
Oregon’s Bo Nix has both of these traits and could be the ideal fit in Denver. In terms of accuercey, he led the FBS in both completions and completion percentage and did a terrific job of leading Oregon's high-powered offense which averaged 41 points a game. He also was named the Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, so he should be able to pick up Payton’s offense especially if he was able to start the year off on the bench behind Jarrett Stidham.