Denver Broncos Draft Preview; 2016 Schedule Released
With the NFL Draft set to begin on April 28th, let’s take a look at this year’s Denver Broncos Draft Preview and schedule.
Denver Broncos Draft Preview
Top Needs: Quarterback, Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Linebacker
Draft Picks: Round 1 (31), Round 2 (63), Round 3 (94), (98), Round 4 (136), Round 5 (144), (157), Round 6 (219), Round 7 (228), (253)
The reigning Super Bowl Champions had their roster dwindled by other teams in free agency, as is the case with most Super Bowl winning rosters. The Broncos lost Brock Osweiler, Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan all in free agency.
While Osweiler would have been the starter, he was not satisfied with what John Elway was offering and decided on signing with the Houston Texans. Malik Jackson is now in Jacksonville after signing a huge deal and Trevathan is with the Bears.
More and more buzz is circling about the Jets taking Paxton Lynch at 20. However, if they don’t, then who will? And with what pick? If Lynch falls to the Broncos at 31, I’m sure that card will be ran up to be announced. Don’t even be surprised if the Broncos attempt to trade up to snag Lynch.
The current top quarterback on the Broncos’ roster is Mark Sanchez. The same quarterback that is often mentioned in sentences including the words butt fumble. Sanchez simply is not the long term answer at quarterback. Paxton Lynch is the third ranked signal caller in this class and the Broncos would love to have him. Defensive line is also an option if Lynch is gone. Robert Nkemdiche, once viewed as top five pick, can be a late first round guy.
If a quarterback is taken in the first round, look for defensive line in the second and vice versa. Christian Hackenburg from Penn State and Conor Cook from Michigan State both look to be second round quarterbacks. With the loss of Malik Jackson, the Broncos can look for his replacement early in the draft. A couple guys that look to come off the board in the second round are Andrew Billings from Baylor and Kenny Clark from UCLA. A pass rushing force is not needed as much as a space eater to help take attention away from DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.
The next couple rounds can be where the Broncos look to replace Danny Trevathan. A few possible names to keep an eye on are Joshua Perry from Ohio State, Scooby Wright from Arizona and Blake Martinez from Standford. The best of the bunch is Perry, as he looks to be a third round option while Wright and Martinez look more like fourth or fifth round players. It all depends on how high the Broncos want to seek out an inside linebacker.
The Broncos can close out their draft with some offensive line help, a tight end and possibly a running back. This is a team that saw major injuries to a lot of backs last year and will look to rely on the running game even more this year with either Sanchez at quarterback or a rookie from this class. The Broncos hoped to get the dominant Vernon Davis we were used to seeing in his early 49er days, but were disappointed as he only produced 20 catches for a little over 200 yards in 9 games with no touchdowns.
The Broncos still do not know what they have in last years’ third round pick, Jeff Heuerman, as he suffered a torn ACL. Nonethless, a tight end can be brought in for depth.
Denver Broncos’ Schedule
Week 1: Sept. 8, Carolina Panthers (Thu), 6:30
Week 2: Sept. 18, Indianapolis Colts, 2:25
Week 3: Sept. 25, at Cincinnati Bengals, 11:00 AM
Week 4: Oct. 2, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2:05
Week 5: Oct. 9, Atlanta Falcons, 2:05
Week 6: Oct. 13, at San Diego Chargers (Thu), 6:25
Week 7: Oct. 24, Houston Texans (Mon), 6:30
Week 8: Oct. 30, San Diego Chargers, 2:05
Week 9: Nov. 6, at Oakland Raiders*, 6:30
Week 10: Nov. 13, at New Orleans Saints, 11:00 AM
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Nov. 27, Kansas City Chiefs, 2:25
Week 13: Dec. 4, at Jacksonville Jaguars, 11:00 AM
Week 14: Dec. 11, at Tennessee Titans, 11:00 AM
Week 15: Dec. 18, New England Patriots, 2:25
Week 16: Dec. 25, at Kansas City Chiefs, 6:30
Week 17: Jan. 1, Oakland Raiders, 2:25
(Denver Broncos Draft Preview)