Denver Broncos: 2020 NFL Draft Needs
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2020 NFL Draft Needs for the Denver Broncos
April 23rd - April 25th
The Denver Broncos of 2019 have a lot to be happy about, even though they finished the year under .500. This was not a team that anyone took seriously before the season, and although the Broncos missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season, they have a lot to build on.
The Broncos have five picks inside the first three rounds, with three third-round selections. With this slew of picks, the Broncos will have the ability to add a good amount of young talent to a team that developed nicely towards the end of the season.
The Broncos had the 10th ranked defense in the league in points given up per contest. The defense has been a huge part of Denver football’s identity, so another convincing season for the D in Denver is quite comforting. Denver had the 6th best pass defense in terms of passing yards allowed, and their rushing defense was around the league’s average. Being so strong against the pass in a division with Patrick Mahomes is a nice accomplishment to have.
The Broncos on offense were young and inexperienced, and it showed. The Broncos at first were led by Joe Flacco at quarterback, but when that did not work out, the team explored their options. Brandon Allen started a few games, he had some luck but was obviously not the guy of the future. Drew Lock was eventually given the call, and he had some success to end the season. The Broncos went 4-1 with Lock under center and ended the season on a positive note. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman played well, and the Denver run game looked great at its best. The key for Denver is to develop Lock completely, and something to make that process easier would be to draft a wide receiver in the first round. WR Cee-Dee Lamb (Oklahoma) may not be able to slide to the Broncos, therefore if Denver could either grab him, WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama) or Henry Ruggs (Alabama), they will consider the first round a win.
In the later rounds, more skilled position players at WR may still be on the docket for Denver. WR Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State) is a name that is being brought up as a possible landing spot for the Broncos in the second round.
After these first rounds, the draft becomes simple for Denver. Try to draft the best available O-Line or skill players, beef up the Defensive line if possible, and go for talented NFL ready players. The Broncos should not be in the business of taking flyers on guys that may need time to develop, as losing will not be in the question for 2020 for Denver and their management.