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Broncos' mock draft roundup: Jan. 22, 2018

Posted Jan 22, 2018

Here is who eight national NFL analysts think the Broncos will pick with the fifth-overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: QB Sam Darnold, USC
If he can get rid of the bad habits, he could be a special player. Darnold is an accurate, natural passer with high upside who still needs to tweak his mechanics. I believe in his talent long term, and I think John Elway would love to have him in Denver. [Jan. 18, 2018]

Todd McShay, ESPN: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
Allen has an elite arm and is a physical freak in terms of his skill set. His stock should rise in the postseason process. [Dec. 13, 2017]

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
I think the Broncos will address their quarterback need in free agency, which would free them up to take the best available player in this spot. Nelson is the best interior O-line prospect to enter the draft in a long time. [Jan. 19, 2018]

R.J. White, CBSSports.com: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
It's on Mayfield to alleviate any character concerns suitors may have, but if the Broncos come out of the Senior Bowl feeling like they have a handle on the Heisman winner and they like what they see, he shouldn't fall out of the top five. [Jan. 18, 2018]

Dan Kadar, SB Nation: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
A setting like the Senior Bowl should make Allen look like a star. Because of that, he gets the nod for now. [Jan. 22, 2018]

Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
With the quarterback position still an issue for the Broncos, Denver turns to Rosen, who is excellent throwing to the intermediate level and has the zip and touch to attack defenses down the field. [Jan. 18, 2018]

Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
Denver has major question marks at quarterback and there are obvious connections to make between the Broncos and the Wyoming quarterback. In a controlled setting like the Senior Bowl, Allen has a chance to shine under the direction of the Broncos' coaching staff, and it is fair to assume that John Elway will be intrigued with his elite physical traits. [Jan. 16, 2018]

Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
Allen is quite raw and has struggled in high-profile matchups throughout his career, suggesting that he needs time. No quarterback in this class offers a more intoxicating blend of size, arm and athleticism, however, and Elway has already shown his interest, scouting Allen in person at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. [Jan. 16, 2018