The anticipation for the 2017 NFL Draft has built up and the event will take place Thursday in Philadelphia at 8 p.m. EST. Every team will be thoroughly reviewing draft day game plans, with the hopes that their shopping list is fulfilled with the best talent possible. The Denver Broncos hope to score some depth at many positions to help improve on the lackluster product of last season. Many experts believe the Broncos will select an offensive lineman, but here are some final thoughts going into Denver’s draft.
Denver will not select an offensive lineman in the first round with the 20th pick. This year’s draft has many players that would be intriguing to develop, but there is no clear front-runner. There are many talented linemen and they could potentially be reliable starters in the NFL. It is possible that the Broncos could select a lineman in the 1st Round Thursday, but there are many other talents available. Drafting a lineman Thursday may not pay off immediately for the Broncos, so look for John Elway to select a playmaker.
Denver could go in many different directions the first two days of the Draft. There are numerous talented players on the defensive side of the ball that could learn in one of the best defenses. Don’t be surprised if the Broncos select a cornerback or a safety for depth to solidify Denver’s “No-Fly Zone” defense. Aqib Talib has had many off field issues and is 31 years old. Denver ultimately could be looking for more depth and possibly select Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey or Tre’Davious White from LSU. That is if both players are still on the draft board. It is unlikely that they drop to Denver’s 2nd round pick (51st).
Another alternative pick for the Broncos is an offensive weapon of some sorts. The ultimate dream for the Denver fan base is to draft Christian McCaffrey, but that may not come to fruition. Look for Denver to add a receiver or a tight end. East Carolina receiver Zay Jones could be utilized in the slot or Cooper Kupp of Eastern Washington could compete for the 3 spot. Denver could also get a great tight end in Mississippi‘s Evan Engram or Clemson‘s Jordan Leggett. The Broncos will need some more offensive weapons this upcoming season, especially if the offensive line solves its issues.
The last thought is that Denver will select Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon late Friday or during Saturday’s draft session. Joe Mixon is an exceptional talent that many teams will pass on because of his history. The Broncos will give him a chance since they need a playmaker at running back and he was impressive during Denver’s visit. Mixon is a major gamble because of the off-field issues but can make an impact from day one.
Don’t be surprised if John Elway and company move from selecting offensive linemen. The intrigue of this year’s draft will be evident in the first three rounds. The Broncos have many issues to address and the rookies chosen will speak volumes after the draft.