In a mock draft, an ESPN draft expert assigns a high-profile quarterback prospect to the Broncos.
The national perception of the Denver Broncos has shifted dramatically, largely due to one play — or lack thereof — among reputable publications.
As the Broncos headed into their Week 11 bye, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made a “business decision” by allowing Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay to walk by him en route to a momentum-swinging, back-breaking 82-yard fumble-return touchdown.
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— November 14, 2021, from Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake)
A Missed Chance
The Broncos (5-5) had a good chance of finishing the season 6-4 and tied for first place in the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) as they entered that pivotal November 14 matchup.
Instead, they blew it against the Eagles (4-6), dropping the Broncos to.500, a mark that resembles a losing record and has enraged Broncos Nation.
Although Bridgewater has since apologized for his transgression, following the backlash he received for his flimsy reasoning following the Eagles’ game, the overall optics will never fade from the minds of a enraged fan base.
During the 2022 offseason, quarterback will — and should — be high on general manager George Paton’s priority list of positions to improve.
A high-profile quarterback prospect should fall into the Broncos’ lap, according to one NFL draft expert.
Allow them to be free
According to ESPN’s Jordan Reid, the Broncos will pick Liberty quarterback Malik Willis with the 14th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
After Ole Miss’ Matt Corral (No.
Kenny Pickett (No. 8 to the Pitt Panthers) and No. 8 to the Washington Football Team
14 to the Panthers of Carolina).
Bridgewater will be an unrestricted free agent in 2022, and regardless of whether Denver makes the playoffs in 2021, it’s difficult to see the Broncos making him their long-term answer at quarterback.
“The term ‘boom or bust’ will be attached to Willis’s name frequently throughout the draft process,” Reid wrote, “but the Broncos must address the one position on their roster that is keeping it from being a consistent AFC contender.”
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