John Elway is desperate to lead the Broncos back to greatness. That means Denver has to get their first round pick right in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Broncos limped to a 6-10 finish in 2018 which led the franchise to cut bait on quarterback Case Keenum after just one season at the helm. The team brought in Joe Flacco to take his place, but they still have a glaring need to find their quarterback of the future.
The odds strongly favor the Broncos using their No. 10 overall selection in this year’s draft to help fill that vacancy. Denver isn’t exactly keeping their intentions shrouded in mystery either. The organization has already scheduled private workouts with four of the top signal callers in this year’s draft class.
That doesn’t mean quarterback is the only direction the Broncos might go in Round 1. If the right guy isn’t on the board he could shift and try to fix another one of his team’s weaknesses. That wouldn’t be quite as popular in Denver, but Elway needs to draft to build up his roster instead of winning in the court of public opinion.
The Broncos are at the mercy of who teams ahead of them will select, but here are the five guys they’re most likely to pick on Day 1.
5. Dwayne Haskins
If Haskins slides this far it’s safe to assume Elway will sprint to the podium to select him. He’s not a perfect quarterback prospect, but his ability to stand in the pocket and deliver accurate throws down the field would be attractive to Denver.
With that being said, the chances of him sliding this far are pretty slim. It’s very likely a team would try to move up and take Haskins if he gets outside of the top five. He makes this list at No. 5, but he’ll almost certainly be gone by the time the Broncos are put on the clock.