Denver Broncos Options With The 5th Pick

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The Denver Broncos are currently set to select fifth in tomorrow’s NFL Draft.

We had some fun yesterday with the Denver Broncos schedule but things begin in earnest for the Broncos starting with the draft.

We will be having real-time reactions and stats for the Broncos picks tomorrow, here’s the options, as generally agreed upon with the #5 pick:

Trade Down: Interest from Buffalo at 12 and Baltimore at 16 may interest the Broncos. If a player John Elway truly believes can be a franchise difference-maker available, look for them to use #5.  Otherwise, the Broncos have been actively shopping the pick.

Baker Mayfield: The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma is hard to pass up.  At 6’1″ and 215 pounds he is undersized for an NFL quarterback.  He’s had some maturity questions pop-up but that depends on how you view competitive shows like planting the Oklahoma flag in the Ohio State ‘O’.  Football is, after all, entertainment.  Mayfield is getting some run as Cleveland’s potential pick at #1.

Saquon Barkley: The Penn State back put up gaudy numbers at the combine and vaulted himself into top-5 pick conversation.  Punishing but surprisingly agile at 6′ and 233 pounds, Barkley is like Jerome Bettis with significantly more speed.  He should be a difference-maker wherever he lands.

Quenton Nelson: If you don’t know anything else about the Notre Dame guard, consider that he’s likely a top-5 pick as an interior offensive lineman. 6’5″ and 330 lbs, Nelson is one of those guys that you plug into a position and forget about for a decade. Whatever the Broncos decide at QB and RB, they have to address the O-line or it won’t matter.  Nelson could be a cornerstone.

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Sam Darnold: I’m including Darnold only because there are rumors that Cleveland has shifted interest to Mayfield.  More of the prototype-NFL quarterback, Darnold had a solid Sophomore season at USC after a slow start.  Darnold has a slow release but makes up for it with a strong, accurate arm.  He is probably the most NFL-ready prospect of the quarterbacks.

However the Broncos choose, we’ll be monitoring and analyzing.  Here’s to a great draft!