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, but was able to add Dalton Risner on Denver’s offensive line."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕NFL DraftMHR RadioBroncos podcastsJohn Elway and the Broncos killing the NFL Draft New,54commentsJohn Elway not only got his (hopefully) QB of the future, but was able to add Dalton Risner on Denver’s offensive line. John Elway and the Broncos killing the NFL Draft Day One of the NFL Draft was a mixed bag. Fans of the Denver Broncos loved the pick of tight end Noah Fant, but some were anxious and holding their breath over what would happen in Rounds Two and Three. It was the, “Really like the pick, but ...” I love the pick because of the matchup nightmare Fant poses. I think he could develop into a player in the mold of Shannon Sharpe — too big for defensive backs, too fast for linebackers. After Day Two, Broncos Country is way more giddy. Though right before the first selection in the second round, it seemed as if the pick had been traded. Only to find out John Elway had actually traded up to get the very next pick. To acquire that second-round pick (42nd overall) from the Cincinnati Bengals, the Broncos gave up 2-52, 4-125 and 6-182.With the first second-round pick, Elway filled a huge need with a stud (on and off the field) in Dalton Risner. The Kansas State product brings attitude and nastiness to Denver’s line, plus a work ethic new offensive line coach Mike Munchak will love. Risner is exactly what this line needs and at a position they need even more. Elway told Mike Klis that Risner will play guard to start out, but one of the other great aspects of Risner is his versatility. Next came the unexpected back-to-back second-round pick. Would it be cornerback Greedy Williams? Then we heard it from the lips of former Broncos linebacker Al Wilson: “Drew Lock, quarterback, Missouri.” Holy shit, Denver got him. A player Elway and Denver has been linked to since the Senior Bowl, and whom some thought would be the pick at No. 10, was the target for the trade up. However you feel about Lock, that is incredible value for Elway and the Broncos. Some had Lock ranked higher than Dwayne Haskins, who was taken in the first round. Make no mistake, Elway and Denver are still all-in on Joe Flacco, as I said after the Fant selection. Heck, even the pick of Risner backs that up. What the selection of Lock does is end the talk of Band-Aids and bridge quarterbacks. As Sam Farmsworth noted on Twitter, for the first time since Peyton Manning came to Denver, the Broncos have a plan at QB: try to win now with Flacco while training Lock for the future under the tutelage of a veteran.For those who say this just brings back the quarterback controversy, Elway shot it down quickly.As he told Klis: “No, because it’s not a competition. Joe Flacco is our starter. We know that Drew has a long way to go. But he’s a very talented young guy that wants to be great. It’s a great situation for him.’’ What I love about the Lock pick isn’t just the fact he’ll learn from Flacco or that he was a team captain for Missouri Womens Phillip Lindsay Jersey
, but the drive he’ll have to prove people wrong and succeed. There really isn’t immediate pressure on him, either. Then there’s Lock’s confidence, and that’s always needed for a quarterback. For multiple reasons, I also love the Risner pick. If you have’t seen the feature on what he does off the field, here it is. On top of that, he’s a Broncos fan. So not only did Risner see his dream come true, he sees it happen with the team he loves. The combo of Risner and Munchack is almost too good to be true.After Day One of the Draft, there was a mixed-bag feeling. Denver fans liked the pick, but they were anxious over what Elway would do on Day Two. It was as if the fanbase was holding its collective breath.Now that we know, that anxiousness has been replaced with excitement, and we can all relax for a bit.Third-round selectionElway continued to have a strong draft with the selection of defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones. As our Christopher Hart said, Jones is an explosive penetrator with a great get-off. Very disruptive. He had 13 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks last year for Ohio State. Hart added that Jones is a great pick! John Elway and the Denver Broncos put on a show in the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft by being both patient and aggressive at the right times."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Denver Broncos 2019 DraftWhat NFL insiders said about the Broncos draftNew,73commentsJohn Elway and the Denver Broncos put on a show in the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft by being both patient and aggressive at the right times. What NFL insiders said about the Broncos draftRon Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsFor John Elway, finding consistent success in the NFL Draft has been difficult. However, after stringing together what looks like two solid draft classes last year and this year, it looks as if he and the Denver Broncos have finally found the right formula. In 2018, the right formula was to take the best player on their board in Bradley Chubb who surprisingly fell to them with the fifth overall pick. While this year, it was to trade down from the tenth overall pick to the 20th in order to stockpile Day 2 picks. None of this would have been possible had Elway not made the trade for quarterback Joe Flacco. That fourth round pick they gave up allowed them to be patient in the first round and with the top quarterback on their board, Drew Lock.In a recent ESPN piece, NFL insiders were asked to evaluate the Broncos decision making in the first two rounds. Shoring up the talent around Flacco was clearly priority number one for Elway. The focus might be on the move for Lock, but the fact that the Broncos selected what looks like two offensive starters in their first two picks shows a tremendous focus on surrounding Flacco with the talent he needs to succeed immediately. Immediately after the first round, Elway noted the importance of getting offensive weapons around Flacco, “We obviously want to get him as many weapons as we can. With weapons sitting like that on the board, we felt fortunate that he was there. Joe likes the tight ends and stretching the field and specially with what we’re going to do offensively, it’s a good fill all around.”In tight end Noah Fant, the Broncos landed the kind of weapon that could open things up in the passing game in many different ways. As for the defense, this evaluator must assume that Chris Harris Jr. won’t be with the Broncos this year, but the silence on those extension talks likely means progress is being made behind the scenes. The need for public positioning from either side has subsided and real work is being done. At least John Elway Jersey White
, that is my hope. The cupboard was also a bit bare on offense, but over the last several free agencies and drafts it does seem like the Broncos have completely remade their offensive talent. They have young talent at all three skill positions at running back, wide receiver, and tight end now and have an offensive line that Mike Munchak can work with. There will always be more needs, but it is clear offense was the focus in 2019 and Elway’s post-draft comments all but confirm it.“I think that, first of all, we improved in the offseason with the addition of Joe Flacco and bringing him in, and Ju’Wuan James at the right tackle,” Elway said after the draft. “I’m probably forgetting somebody, but there’s been a lot of names at this point in time. Those two obviously coming in have helped us offensively. Then going with Noah [Fant] and Dalton [Risner] with the first two picks, we feel like they can come in and help us also. I think we’re a lot better on the offensive line. I think we continue to get better there, but I think we got better on the offensive line. Obviously, Noah can stretch the field. Joe’s going to—to me, we still believe he has tremendous upside in his career—so we feel a lot better about that. Then Drew [Lock] coming in and competing for the backup spot, it gives us some depth there. We feel much better sitting here now today than we did coming out of last season with where we are and the additions that we’ve made—not only as the players, but also with Vic and his staff. I think that it’s a good spot to be in, as we were talking about earlier. If we were to say before the draft that we’d come out with these six players, we’d be overjoyed with that, and we were able to get that. We feel like it was a good draft for us.”The trade up in the second round for Drew Lock was probably the most interesting pick the Broncos made. It showed they are also eyeing towards the future as Flacco is nearing the end of his career in the NFL. The value they got by waiting for Lock’s fall out of the first round was tremendous. New Broncos offensive coordinator, Rich Scangarello, clearly has his marching orders now. He was brought in to resurrect the Broncos offense and work on developing Drew Lock into an NFL starter. By him sitting on the bench, he’ll be able to work on all of the things NFL evaluators said were of concern with Lock. It’s also important to point out that the success rate in the NFL for second round quarterbacks is 50/50 at best. And, really, only a handful of those ever become long-term starters in the NFL. Lock will need to beat both of those odds, which is probably why Elway and the Broncos are sold on Joe Flacco being “the guy” for the foreseeable future. Overall, the Broncos first three picks showed the franchise is both concerns about the immediate future and where they hope to be in 3-4 years. It was a good balance between the two.