It’s time to talk draft Denver Broncos fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 16, 2019 • Updated: April 6, 2019
After two losing seasons, the Broncos parted ways with HC Vance Joseph. In a somewhat curious move, Joseph was replaced with journeyman defensive coach/coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio, who first made a name for himself as a linebackers coach with the NO Saints back in the late-80’s and early 90’s, will turn 60-years old during his first stint as a HC in the NFL. In a nice, complimentary, move, Elway brought in long-time Fangio assistant Ed Donatell to be the DC. On the other side of the ball, Elway hired SF 49ers QB coach Rich Scangarello to be the new OC.
2019 draft picks
The Broncos have no Compensatory Picks.
- Offensive Tackle
- Tight End
- Defensive Tackle
Denver is seriously looking for a quarterback in this year’s draft. While they still have QB Case Keenum*, Denver has been linked to Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, Kyler Murray, Brett Rypien, Jarrett Stidham, and Clayton Thorson. It seems pretty certain they will take a quarterback. Which one and which round, yet remains to be seen. An upgrade along the offensive line would help, Look for them to upgrade the TE position.
On defense, a cornerback or two will be brought in to compete; a veteran safety could also be on the agenda. Getting Chubb some help along the defensive line, particularly up the middle, should be something Elway would address with his eleven picks.
*Breaking News: Denver traded Keenum to Washington. Denver will get a sixth-round pick (#206) and Washington will get a seventh-rounder (#237) plus Keenum. (April 7, 2019)
Prospects to watch
Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
Denver is also in the linebacker market. They might be willing to trade up for a player of Allen’s caliber. Allen was in the running for almost every major defensive award in 2018. He took home the Jack Lambert trophy, the Lott IMPACT trophy, the Nagurski Award, and the Bednarik trophy. He was also a finalist for the Walter Camp Award, the Ted Hendrick Award, and the Butkus Award. He was the SEC-Defensive Player of the Year; and a Consensus All-American. He finished his college career with 28.5 sacks.
Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
Cajuste is an athletic lineman that has plenty of upside. Physically, he looks the part, having a long wingspan and big hands. He has shown good mobility for a player of his size. Cajuste was a key part of a West Virginia offense that averaged 40.3 points per game He was name the Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Renell Wren, DT, Arizona State
Wren is a physical specimen and is expected to put up freak numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine. Pre-Combine reports are saying Wren can broad jump in the 10 foot range, and his vertical jump is close to 35 inches. In the weight room, it’s said, he can squat 600 pounds and deadlifts 545 pounds. Line him up next to Bradley Chubb and offensive linemen will have their hands full.
Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
Originally signed at Ohio State, but knee issues led him to being declared medically disqualified by the Buckeyes. He had another knee injury in 2016 while at Auburn. However, in 2017, Dean emerged as a quality cover corner having eight pbu’s to go with 43 tackles. In 2018, Dean finished with 30 total tackles and nine pbu’s. The NFL Scouting Combine will determine exactly where Dean will go in the draft. With so many picks, the Broncos could easily gamble on a risk-reward prospect like Dean.
Players to Watch: OLB Justin Hollins, Oregon; WR Diontae Johnson, Toledo; DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State; TE Josh Oliver, San Jose State; CB Iman Marshall, USC; and RB Bryce Love, Stanford.
General Manager: John Elway | Head Coach: Vic Fangio | Offensive Coordinator: Rich Scangarello | Defensive Coordinator: Ed Donatell
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Bradley Chubb DE | R2 Courtland Sutton WR
2017: R1 Garett Bolles OT | R2 DeMarcus Walker DE
R1 Paxton Lynch QB | R2 Adam Gotsis DL
2015: R1 Shane Ray DE/LB | R3 Jeff Heuerman TE