2016 Broncos Season -- Draft Recap
The Broncos are moving closer to their title defense after the 2016 NFL Draft. Time to take a look at what the Broncos did:
2016 Draft Picks:
1(26) Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
2(32) Adam Gotsis DE Georgia Tech
3(35) Justin Simmons S Boston College
4(38) Devontae Booker RB Utah
5(5) Connor Mcgovern OG Missouri
6(1) Andy Janovich FB Nebraska
6(44) Will Parks S Arizona
7(7) Riley Dixon P Syracuse
Round 1, Paxton Lynch: There has been so much speculation about the Broncos' quarterback situation. I feel like the pick of Lynch quiets all that. We won't trade for Kaepernick or Bradford now, and we likely wouldn't sign someone like Ryan Fitzpatrick. I believe the Broncos are now set at quarterback with Lynch and Trevor Siemian competing alongside Mark Sanchez, the likely starter. Lynch is a solid prospect and could end up being the best quarterback in the draft. The Broncos just need to let him develop. Ideally I'd like to see him sit all of 2016.
Day Two, Rounds 2 and 3: The Broncos addressed a couple areas of need here in Adam Gotsis, a good prospect on the defensive line, and Justin Simmons, a good prospect at safety. The beauty here is the Broncos have starters in these spots, so these players can add depth and rotation. I am especially curious to see what Gotsis looks like. Some viewed it as a steal, others as a reach.
Day 3, Rounds 4, 5, and 6: The Broncos did work on the third day of the draft. Perhaps the best pick of the day was snagging Devontae Booker, running back from Utah, near the end of the fourth round. Booker got injured near the end of his college run, but he should be fine for the season. Booker could be an explosive offensive weapon that could be great alongside CJ Anderson and the recently re-signed Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos have to run better, and this could help. The Broncos also grabbed depth pieces in the offensive lineman Mcgovern and safety Will Parks. And the team has wanted a fullback, so they took at chance of Andy Janovich out of Nebraska. The critics had mixed reviews on him, so it remains to be seen how he can contribute.
Day 3, Round 7: First, there was the disappointment that the Broncos traded pick 253, which would have given them Mr. Irrelevant. Then came the curious case of drafting a punter in round 7, Riley Dixon of Syracuse. Now Britton Colquitt has been pedestrian the last two years and has a big contract, so this could be a move to push and/or replace him. But it still seemed curious to draft a punter.
The Bottom Line: The Broncos drafted for need, but they also may have snagged a couple future stars in Lynch, Booker, and Gotsis. Time will tell for all of them, but this felt like a great draft for the defending champs. And, as always, we'll see what undrafted free agent gems John Elway finds.