Broncos, Briefly: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Will there be a trade up to get Haskins? For now, I think Denver makes the most sense. With Joe Flacco in Denver for at least a year, there's no pressure on Haskins to start immediately. He's raw, but you can't teach his accuracy and touch.

Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

Just consider the havoc this linebacking group can create with Von Miller and Bradley Chubbcoming off the edge and Bush roaming sideline-to-sideline from the middle. Hockenson also could be in play if he's still on the board at No. 10.

What’s the Broncos’ best-case scenario for the first nine picks?

“Sliding” quarterbacks is always a good thing. We expect Missouri’s Drew Lock and Duke’s Daniel Jones to be available at 10, but if Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins tumbles, it may allow general manager John Elway to slide down a few spots, pick up at least one extra pick and still get the non-quarterback he covets in the first round. Could the Broncos move down and still get Michigan linebacker Devin Bush? That would be a coup.

The NFL Draft is the time of the year for pro football insiders to shine. After studying film, watching the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, Denver7’s Broncos Insider Troy Renck weighed in with his thoughts on the Broncos’ top pick.

“I think this is the year they punt on quarterback and probably go defense in the first round,” he said. Renck pointed to the success of the 2018 Broncos draft class, which included Chubb, wide receiver Courtland Sutton, running back Royce Freeman, and undrafted running back Phillip Lindsay. He believes 2019 needs to be another successful class for the team to even come close to making the playoffs.

“The first three picks need to be starters, for me,” Renck said.

The ninth-year veteran remains a key cog on the Broncos’ defense, with four Pro Bowl selections, two All-Pro honors and respect within the locker room as he has risen from the pool of undrafted players to the top slot corner in the NFL.

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Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

Could he be this year's version of [Terrell] Edmunds? Thornhill wouldn't be crashing the first round from as far off the radar his former Virginia Tech rival did, but he's nowhere near as celebrated as Minkah Fitzpatrick and Derwin James were.

While rankings for this year's group of safeties might vary wildly depending on what skills and traits one prizes at the position, Thornhill thrives in two roles that will make him particularly prized: as a singlehigh defender patrolling deep or in the slot against quicker receivers. That versatility should make him appealing, particularly for the Seahawks (who own the No. 21 and 29 picks after trading Frank Clark to the Chiefs), Eagles and Packers.

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