With the 2020 NFL Draft fast approaching it is time for teams to begin getting serious about who they will be looking to take with their picks. This draft seems to be deep in many areas. Wide receiver and offensive line are two major areas this year. With free agency and its frenzy all but done, teams will now turn their attention to the draft. This will make their teams younger and hopefully better. In saying that, we here at IroniqMedia will examine the top three needs of all 32 teams. Starting with the Denver Broncos.
The Denver Broncos top need will depend on whom you talk to. Many bounce between the offensive line and wide receiver. You could actually call them 1A and 1B. With the addition of Graham Glasgow from the Detroit Lions in free agency, I say that OL becomes 1B. Thus, I could see GM John Elway hitting on a wide receiver in the first round.
Depending on what mock draft you believe there are a couple of options for the Broncos to select from at 15. Let us look at a couple of those players.
Henry Ruggs III – Alabama
Ruggs is one of those receivers that can blow the proverbial top off the defense. This is exactly what the Denver Broncos need. They have Courtland Sutton who is a great complimentary WR to a speed guy. They also have Noah Fant at TE. Therefore, the addition of Ruggs could be just what Drew Lock ordered for his continued growth.
CeeDee Lamb – Oklahoma
Many consider Lamb the second-best WR in the draft. His 4.5 40-yard dash speed could also help the Broncos offense. The addition of Lamb to an already potent offense, at least the last 5 weeks of 2019, may just push the Denver Broncos into the playoffs of 2020. If Ruggs is not available at 15 I could see the Orange and Blue grabbing a bite of Lamb.
The offensive line of the Denver Broncos has been an area of questions over the past couple of seasons. They thought that they might have solidified it with a couple of free agent moves in the past. Nonetheless, those moves have not panned out. In addition, the selection of Garett Bolles may have backfired. At least with him playing tackle.
This is one of the deepest drafts for an offensive lineman. Thus, the Broncos could find themselves sitting pretty at an important position on the field.
Jedrick Wills Jr. – Alabama
Wills is a 6’4” 315lb mountain of a man. However, his athleticism makes him an ideal player at one of the most important, LT. If the Denver Broncos want to protect Drew Lock and are serious about possibly moving on from Bolles, Wills is an ideal player in the first round.
Matt Hennessy – Temple
Hennessy is a 6’4” 310lb center from Temple University. He most certainly is not a first-round pick. Nevertheless, he could be available for the Broncos is the second or third rounds of this draft. As we have stated many times, this draft is very deep in offensive lineman. Center could very well become a position of need for the Broncos with the loss of Connor McGovern to the New York Jets.
The Denver Broncos lost a couple of key players at this position over free agency. One big one was former franchise CB Chris Harris Jr. He left for the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. The Broncos did trade for Jacksonville Jaguars corner A.J. Boye. However, this could be a position that they are looking to add some depth.
C.J. Henderson – Florida
The Broncos are uncertain about the availability of Bryce Callahan. Thus, they could certainly entertain the selection of Henderson in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Henderson is a big, agile corner. He has the ability to stick with receivers throughout their route. He is exactly what Vic Fangio likes in his corners. Especially in man coverage.
Noah Igbinoghene – Auburn
Igbinoghene is a 5’10” junior. He is a WR turned defensive back. The junior started all 13 games of the 2019 season at CB. Igbinoghene tallied 42 tackles along with seven defended passes.
The young CB is also a cog on special teams as a returner. During his senior season, he had nine returns for 317 yards. That is an average of 35 yards per return. He also had one of those returned for a touchdown.
The Denver Broncos could any amount of directions in the 2020 NFL Draft. Nonetheless, I see these as the top positions of need. If they were lucky enough to nab one of the above men, they would definitely add depth and talent to an already talented squad.
What do you feel is the top need of the Denver Broncos? Leave a comment below.
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