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 Denver Broncos Draft Review


Team Needs: QB, OL, DL, LB


Selections:


Rd 1. 26 Paxton Lynch QB Memphis

Rd 2. 63 Adam Gotsis DT Georgia Tech

Rd 3. 98 Justin Simmons S Boston College

Rd 4. 136 Devante Booker RB Utah

Rd 5. 144 Connor McGovern OG Missouri

Rd 6. 176 Andy Janovich FB Nebraska

Rd 6. 219 Will Parks

Rd 7. 228 Riley Dixon P Syracuse



Recap:

The Broncos obviously entered this draft needing to get some answers at quarterback. Like many teams coming off a Superbowl victory they have a talented roster that also suffered some defections during the offseason and addressing those needs would also be paramount to the continued success of the team. In the first round Denver traded up for Paxton Lynch. While Lynch could develop into a good starter in the NFL it’s difficult to see him as anything other than a project at this point in time. One wonders if the Broncos wouldn’t have been better shipping the third round pick they gave up to the 49ers or Eagles for a more established starter and using their first round pick on a different position. Clearly the Broncos approached this draft with an eye for the future though. Adam Gotsis is a workman like defensive tackle that plays with high effort and energy. He can play early but may never be anything other than what he is now. Justin Simmons has the size and instincts for the position but may lack the overall speed and athleticism to be a starting safety. Devante Booker is a good running back that gives the team a future starter to groom behind CJ Anderson for a year. Connor McGovern was the only offensive lineman taken by the team, surprisingly, and looks to provide depth along the interior line while he transitions from college tackle to guard. Andy Janovich has a shot to make the team as a backup full back. Will Parks is a solid strong safety prospect that might be more pro ready for his position than Justin Simmons. Riley Dixon is a punter.


Analysis:

  1. The Broncos deserve the benefit of the doubt, being Superbowl champions and all, but this draft seems self indulgent. Many of the players they took do fit their system (McGovern, Booker, Gotsis) but it’s difficult to see where this team got better on draft day.

  2. WIll any of these players start a game this year? The best bets seems to be Booker and McGovern, due to injury, or Lynch, due to Mark Sanchez being terrible.

  3. Paxton Lynch, for good or for ill, is now the face of The Denver Broncos. Lynch has the look of a quarterback that needs 2 years on the bench, and because he was taken late in the first round, that is a possibility. The biggest question for this team is whether or not Mark Sanchez is a good enough quarterback to not lose games on a team as talented as the Broncos. I’d say that’s not a great bet and that Lynch has to start before he is ready.

Grade: C


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