NFL Draft Preview : Top 15 Offensive Players Available
By Patrick Knight on April 15, 2020
The NFL Draft is slated for April 23-25, providing seven rounds for the Broncos and other teams to find their stars of the future. At this point, Denver is slated to have 10 total picks, five of which will fall within the first 95 selections. In other words, John Elway will have plenty of assets to work with throughout the weekend.
What will he do with those picks? That’s anyone’s guess.
Today, we continue by looking at the side of the ball where the Broncos need the most help – offense. While Denver has invested heavily on defense, they haven’t spent lavishly on offense, other than ill-fated attempts to find a veteran quarterback. As a result, the team is lacking playmakers on that side of the ball and the team’s offense has been anemic since winning Super Bowl 50. In recent years, they’ve started to address this issue. Young players like Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, Dalton Risner and Drew Lock appear to be mainstays in orange and blue for years to come. But the job isn’t finished yet. If the Broncos are looking to continue to bolster their offense, here are the players to consider for the job:
1. Tua Tagovailoa | QB | Alabama – If not for the serious hip injury he suffered late in the 2019 college football season, Tagovailoa would be the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Even though everything has checked out medically post-surgery, some teams will still be scared off, letting him tumble a bit in the first round. But whoever takes the gamble will get the best pure passer in the draft. His 2018 campaign at Alabama says it all. That season, Tagovailoa threw 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Incredible.
2. Joe Burrow | QB | LSU – Unless something drastic happens between now and the draft, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner will be the first player selected. And for good reason. He had a season for the ages in 2019, throwing for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns while leading LSU to the national championship. Burrow doesn’t have the strongest arm in this year’s class, but he can make all the necessary throws, has an ability to make plays off schedule and carries himself like a franchise quarterback.
3. Jedrick Wills Jr. | OT | Alabama – Almost every scouting report on the Alabama tackle refers to his mentality. He’s repeatedly referred to as “a dog,” which is meant as a high compliment. Wills is tenacious on the field, as he doesn’t back down from any opponent. The only thing hurting his stock is that he played right tackle in college; whether or not he can make the transition to the left side in the pros remains a question mark.
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