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Broncos' mock draft roundup: April 26, 2018

Todd McShay, ESPN: CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State (trade down to No. 12)
In this trade scenario, the Broncos now have seven picks in the first three rounds (12, 40, 53, 56, 65, 71 and 99). If Denver trades back and still gets Ward, that would be a hell of a pull. [April 26]

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
I don't think Allen will fall far, and this is a logical trade-up spot. Don't rule out Denver trying to add a few more premium picks. Since I'm not doing trades in my mock, I'll give Allen to the Broncos. Buffalo and Arizona are both trying to move up to get a quarterback. [April 26]

Peter King, MMQB: CB Mike Hughes, Central Florida (trade down to No. 15)
[I]t's a need pick for the Broncos, who I believe will deal down with a few positions of great need and go for the corner. Watch for interior lineman James Daniels of Iowa here too. Broncos have need in both spots. And, of course, Elway will be torn about staying and picking Baker Mayfield in this scenario. [April 23]

Mike Mayock, G Quenton Nelson, Notre DameIt's an intriguing thought process. They're three years removed from a Super Bowl. If they draft a quarterback or trade down I think they're admitting they aren't that close. They're a lot better football team than people think. And Nelson is the best player remaining on the board at No. 5. [April 25]

Charley Casserly, QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
The Broncos coached Allen's North team at the Senior Bowl, and the cannon-armed Wyoming product impressed. [April 26]

Daniel Jeremiah, G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
Nelson is the win-now pick for the Broncos. [April 26]

Bucky Brooks, CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
The Broncos fortify their championship-caliber defense with the addition of an explosive cover corner who has exceptional speed, quickness and cover skills. [April 26]

Peter Schrager, LB Roquan Smith, Georgia; WR D.J. Moore, Maryland (trade down to No. 12 and 22)The Broncos trade back seven spots and still land one of the most dynamic defensive players in the draft. Very often the best player on the field in games loaded with NFL talent, Smith heads to Denver where he joins Von Miller and Shane Ray in a strong front seven.

If the Broncos do indeed make the trade I'm projecting here with Buffalo, they'll get two stud players with the 12th and 22nd picks. Mike Mayock is not alone in his love for Moore, whom he has rated as his No. 1 WR. [April 25]

Chris Simms, Bleacher Report: G Quenton Nelson, Notre DameNelson is one of the best players in this draft, and he'll help the Broncos in two big ways. He'll add some punch up front in the running game, and he'll ensure Keenum has the time in the pocket to do what he was brought in to do. [April 25]

Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports: DE Bradley Chubb, NC StateIt's possible the Broncos could go with Josh Rosen if they like him, but I believe it's been Allen that's always interested them. With him gone the Broncos add another pass-rusher alongside Von Miller. [April 22]


Charles Davis,]( QB Josh Rosen, UCLA **I know John Elway has announced he will listen to offers for this pick, but if he sticks, he gets the best pure passer in the draft. Rosen would immediately push Case Keenum for the starting job. [April 24]

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: CB Denzel Ward, Ohio StateIf they stay put, they will land the player who can help the organization best. Ward keeps sliding up the board to make him the best available player here, and Denver could use his services after splitting up with Aqib Talib. [April 25]

Danny Kelly, The Ringer: G Quenton Nelson, Notre DameSigning Case Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal over the offseason showed that Denver GM John Elway is in win-now mode—and priority no. 1 is getting better on offense. Nelson is a plug-and-play lineman who would not only provide a boost to the team's run game, but help give Keenum a clean pocket from which to throw. [April 25]

Chad Reuter, CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State; DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA (trade down to No. 12 and 22)The departure of Aqib Talib puts Denver in a position to pick a corner early in the draft. If they do indeed trade back, Ward should be a prime candidate for Denver.

Davenport has the potential to be a star playing opposite Von Miller. [April 20]


Pete Prisco, CBS Sports]( DE Bradley Chubb, NC State **They don't get one of the top four quarterbacks, so they take the best player in this draft to team with Von Miller. [April 19]

Walter Cherepinsky, G Quenton Nelson, Notre DameThis may seem a bit too early for a guard, but Quenton Nelson is the best player in this class behind Saquon Barkley. Besides, the Redskins used the fifth-overall selection on Brandon Scherff several years ago, and that panned out. Denver desperately needs to improve its blocking, and Nelson is the only prospect worth taking at No. 5. [April 25]

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama (trade down to No. 11)Good move by the Broncos here, because they slid down the board and still landed a really good player.

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