Needs: The Broncos have plenty of talent across the roster, but a lack of consistency at quarterback last season held them back. Another year of experience from Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian should help bring better balance to the offense. That’s where most of Denver's needs lie, too, considering how strong the defense is.
The Broncos will look to address the left tackle position in the draft, as well as wide receiver, tight end, running back and nose tackle.
Picks: First round (20), second round (51), third round (82, 101), fourth round (127), fifth round (177), sixth round (203), seventh round (238, 252, 253).
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Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
Bolles isn’t as NFL-ready as, say, Ryan Ramzcyk or Cam Robinson, but his upside is far greater. He can be Denver’s left tackle of the future, anchoring the left side for years to come. His projected landing spot fits well with the Broncos’ pick, too, as it won’t be too high for him to be taken.
Bolles needs to add some bulk, but he has the feet of a left tackle and plays with an edge, always finishing his blocks. With tackle being the Broncos’ biggest need, he’d be one of the ideal selections in the first round. They’ve done their homework on him, too, bringing him in for an official visit.
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Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss
The Broncos have Virgil Green, but he’s more of a blocker than a pass catcher. Engram is the exact opposite, having a body that resembles a wide receiver. He can be a dynamic weapon on Denver’s offense, helping either Paxton Lynch or Trevor Siemian as a target in the middle of the field. Obviously, he still needs to hone his craft in route running and field awareness, but the potential is there.
Engram will most likely be a second-round pick, allowing the Broncos to take the best available tackle in the first round, should there be one worthy of the 20th overall selection. He would allow the Broncos to run more two-tight end sets, putting defenses in a bind.
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Elijah Qualls, NT, Washington
The Broncos let Sylvester Williams go in free agency, replacing him with Domata Peko. He’s not a long-term solution, and depth is a concern at defensive tackle. Qualls carries questions about his work ethic and motor, but a young, fiery coach like Vance Joseph should be able to get him headed in the right direction.
Qualls can be a stout run defender in the middle of the defense as long as he maintains his weight and explosiveness. Look for him to be an early Day 3 pick.
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Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford
McCaffrey’s dad, Ed, was a longtime receiver with the Broncos, but that’s not why this connection makes sense. Yes, the Broncos have C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker, but neither has showed he can be a true workhorse back in the NFL. McCaffrey doesn’t project as one either, but his versatility makes him a good fit.
He can work on third down as a running back or split out in the slot as a receiver on early downs when Anderson or Booker are in the backfield. His hands and route running are that good, to the point where he could be a full-time slot receiver in the NFL. He can also help on punt and kick returns, which increases his value.
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Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
The Broncos have two Pro Bowl receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, but they don’t have a reliable No. 3 in the slot. Godwin can be that guy. Projected to be a second- or third-round pick, Godwin can be a Day 1 starter in the NFL -- particularly for a team like the Broncos, who need a slot receiver.
He has good quickness and decent hands, never shying away from contact over the middle. Although he primarily worked as an outside receiver at Penn State, he doesn’t have the speed or size to hold up there consistently. His quickness and willingness to block make him a good option in the slot, though, at least early in his career.