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Broncos mock draft roundup: April 5, 2019

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

We know Joe Flacco loves throwing to tight ends, and Hockenson would give him a true No. 1 tight end to target. [April 3]

Todd McShay, ESPN: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

I don't love this pairing, but I also don't think Flacco is the long-term quarterback answer. If Lock is already off the board, pass-catcher or defensive line makes the most sense for John Elway at No. 10. [April 3]

Robert Klemko, Sports Illustrated: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

John Elway takes another shot at drafting Denver's quarterback of the future in Lock, who will benefit from a year on the bench behind the newly acquired Joe Flacco. After Murray and Haskins, there's a drop-off in QB talent in this draft, but that won't stop a QB-desperate team from spending an early pick on a developmental player with great physical tools like Lock. [April 3]

Will Brinson, CBSSports.com: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

I get that John Elway's professed his love for Joe Flacco and says the aging veteran is just entering his prime. I think Flacco could be pretty good this year. But if Elway has a chance to get an insurance option as well as a future building block and he loves Lock as much as we think he does, he won't pass on him here. [April 3]

Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

This is John Elway utilizing the "kitchen sink" strategy to find a franchise quarterback. He solved his short-term issues at the position by trading for a veteran (Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco). It was clear he was smitten with Lock in Mobile. The Mizzou signal caller shares some traits with the college version of Patrick Mahomes. Both have elite arm talent, can extend plays with their athleticism and are overaggressive with their decision-making. [April 3]

Nick Klopsis, Newsday: LB Devin Bush, Michigan

The Broncos traded for Joe Flacco, got him some line help in Ja'Wuan James and rebuilt their secondary with Bryce Callahan and Kareem Martin. That leaves linebacker as the biggest remaining hole. Devin Bush — the son of the former Falcons first-rounder of the same name — is only 5-11, but he's a tough linebacker with great speed and instincts. [April 3]

Charles Davis, NFL.com: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

I know John Elway recently said that trade acquisition Joe Flacco is not a stopgap at QB -- in fact, he said he thinks Flacco is entering his prime -- but when I watch Lock play, I see elements of what made Elway so incredible during his playing career. Perhaps Elway sees it, too. [April 2]

Danny Kelly, The Ringer: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

Pocket passer who combines size and arm talent with quality decision-making, but who has to prove he can excel when pressured. [April 1]

Dan Kadar, SB Nation: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

Oliver would be the ideal choice for the Broncos, but they'll have some good options here. If Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is available, he would be in play despite the Broncos trading for formerly elite veteran Joe Flacco. But if Denver is committed to Flacco as the starter for a year or two, getting him a top tight end target like Hockenson is the smart, safe play. [April 1]

Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com: DT Ed Oliver, Houston

Oliver is a top-five talent, and he reminded teams of that at his pro day last week. [April 1]

Chad Reuter, NFL.com: LB Devin White

Denver gets the defensive leader at ILB that it needs now that Brandon Marshall was allowed to move on. White's an all-around talent who should eventually be a Pro Bowl candidate. [March 28]

Peter Schrager, NFL.com: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

Joe Flacco will be the Broncos' quarterback for 2019, but don't sleep on the team snagging Haskins or Drew Lock if one of those two falls to 10. Haskins ripped it at his pro day and, from what I'm told, was a "pied piper" leader on an offense littered with future professional players. John Elway swings for a quarterback again. [March 26]

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