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Broncos' mock draft roundup: April 2, 2018


These colleges have the most players selected by the Broncos in AFL and NFL drafts.

Sam Farmer, LA Times]( RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State**
Barkley's the best athlete in this draft, and would immediately upgrade the Denver offense. The Broncos need a QB, but if the top four are gone …

Bucky Brooks, CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
After trading away Aqib Talib, the Broncos fill the void by snagging the ultra-explosive Ward to join Bradley Roby and Chris Harris Jr. in the CB rotation.

Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
Let the Case Keenum and Mayfield quarterback battle begin. With this selection, John Elway buys himself some time and gets two similar signal-callers in his quarterback room.

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn StateThe Broncos will think about quarterback, for sure, but Barkley would fill their more pressing offensive skill need and would be the best player available.


Charles Davis,]( DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama**
The Broncos' signing of QB Case Keenum opened up several options to consider at No. 5. Getting this multi-talented safety adds a playmaker to a very talented, and proud, defense.

**Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
They pass on a quarterback and take the player who might be the cleanest in this draft. He will be one of the best guards in the league for a long time.

Lance Zierlein, OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame, and CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville (via mock trade with Buffalo)
On McGlinchey:
This feels like a little bit of a reach to me, but 2017 first-round OT Garett Bolles struggled at times last season. McGlinchey can play left or right tackle and is a quality run blocker.

On Alexander: Denver lands a quick-twitch, competitive cornerback with the talent and ball skills to take over for the departed Aqib Talib.

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: QB Baker Mayfield, OklahomaCount me among the people who believe the Broncos are still in for a quarterback at No. 5, even after signing Case Keenum to a two-year deal. That's a short-term commitment with only $25 million guaranteed, and Denver can't pass up a guy it thinks could be the face of its franchise for at least a decade. General manager John Elway was among the people in attendance at Mayfield's pro day on the first day of free agency. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner put up huge numbers at Oklahoma, and he has moxie that NFL teams love. If Denver decides against a quarterback, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson fills a major need.

R.J. White, CBS Sports: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
I like adding Quenton Nelson as the final piece of the offensive line puzzle, but with the Jared Veldheer trade strengthening the unit at right tackle, I'm going to pivot to the Broncos taking the player many people have as their No. 1 overall prospect this year in Barkley. Sure, the team likes Devontae Booker, but Barkley looks like a generational talent, and adding him and a legitimate quarterback in one offseason could put the Broncos back in the playoff hunt.

Dan Kadar, SB Nation: QB Josh Allen, WyomingIf Denver really wants a quarterback, they may have to move up a pick to make sure they get him. The last of the supposed top four left is Allen, the big-armed quarterback John Elway has watched closely.

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