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Broncos mock draft roundup: April 24, 2019

**John Clayton, The Washington Post**: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

Devin White might be the perfect pick for Denver, but he's gone in this scenario. Front office czar John Elway will consider quarterbacks Drew Lock or Daniel Jones here, but Hockenson gives them a complete tight end. [April 24]

**Eric Edholm, The Denver Post**: ILB Devin Bush, Michigan

Assuming they stay here, Bush would be a good pick. A potentially really good one. I know it's not the type of selection, taking a sub-6-foot off-the-ball linebacker, that's going to get a lot of people calling for season tickets Friday morning. But I have Bush as my No. 8 overall prospect, and he's a near clone – just a hair below – of the player Vic Fangio landed in Chicago last year in Roquan Smith, who was excellent as a rookie. [April 24]

**Nate Davis, USA TODAY**: ILB Devin Bush, Michigan

New coach Vic Fangio has become accustomed to stellar linebacker play over the years — Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis and, last year, Chicago first rounder Roquan Smith all played for him. Bush doesn't deserve those comparisons, but he is the type of rangy player Fangio's scheme demands. [April 24]

**Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News**: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

The Broncos will think long and hard about quarterback if they stay here, but it's hard to ignore the best tight end in the draft with his stock rising to this range. Hockenson looks like the next great all-around player at the position with his hands, physicality, smarts and agility. At 6-5, 251 pounds, he lived up to his billing at the Combine. [April 24]

**Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report**: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

From one NFC West front office executive: "There's a chance he ends up as the best quarterback in the draft." [April 24]

The Broncos acquired Joe Flacco this offseason, but he's not going to be successful if Denver doesn't give him more weapons to work with. His top options at receiver are Emmanuel Sanders, who may not be 100 percent coming off an injury, and Courtland Sutton, who was inconsistent as a rookie last year. Meanwhile, tight end is a huge question mark with Jake Butt being hurt all the time. Acquiring T.J. Hockenson would provide a big boost for Flacco's arsenal.  [April 24]

**Charles Davis,**: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

John Elway can't resist this big-armed thrower who improved greatly in his last year at Mizzou. Lock will get a chance to learn behind Joe Flacco for a season or more before inheriting the QB1 job. [April 23]

**NFL Nation, ESPN**: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

Broncos president of football operations/GM John Elway probably showed what he thought of this quarterback class when he traded for Joe Flacco. And there are plenty in the league who believe Haskins wouldn't even make it to this spot once the pre-draft sandbagging stops and the actual picks are made. This is a stacked board on defense, and the Broncos probably will have a chance at one of the best defenders if they stay at 10. But in this scenario they would have to think long and hard about Haskins, who was in their complex in recent weeks as part of their pre-draft visits. He's a high-value pick at a need position and fits their offense. [April 23]

**Ryan Wilson,**: ILB Devin Bush, Michigan

Drew Lock seems so obvious that it has to happen here, right? Maybe not. The Broncos parted ways with Brandon Marshall and Josey Jewell and Todd Davis are currently penciled in at inside linebacker. Bush, who is a fantastic athlete as evidenced by his 4.43 40 at the combine, can line up in slot to cover tight ends and shows the ability to change direction when going from rush to coverage. He's a solid tackler who has second gear when in pursuit but he's at his best when he has big bodies in front of him eating up blockers. [April 23]

**Rhett Lewis,**: TE Noah Fant, Iowa

The Broncos get the prolific pass-catching tight end they haven't had since Julius Thomas departed Denver in 2015. [April 23]

**Chris Trapasso,**: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

Joe Flacco often relied on his tight ends in Baltimore and the Broncos have to get better at that position. Hockenson would fit awesomely in Denver and provide a boost to the run game thanks to his blocking prowess. [April 23]

**Peter King, Pro Football Talk**: ILB Devin Bush, Michigan

There's not a perfect player on the board for Vic Fangio's defense, but so many teams need a rangy sideline-to-sideline linebacker (Pittsburgh would love for him to drop to 20, but I don't see it), and many think Bush would be a great compliment to edge-rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Four or five teams between 10 and 20 would have serious interest in Bush if he falls past 10. [April 22]

The Denver Broncos could go after a linebacker to replace Brandon Marshall, who departed for Oakland this offseason. But I'd rather see them add Oliver to their already fearsome front of Von Miller, Bradley Chubb and Derek Wolfe. If Oliver's inside pass rush translates to the NFL, then the Broncos will be unblockable on passing downs, forcing offenses to keep tight ends and running backs in to block, throw quick passes, or open their quarterback up to a beating. [April 22]

**Dan Kadar, SB Nation**: ILB Devin White, LSU

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock is the popular choice for the Broncos. But if the Broncos are smart, they'll go another direction at No. 10. White is one of the more dominant players in this draft and could slot in to the middle of Denver's defense. [April 22]

**Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, ESPN**: ILB Devin Bush, Michigan

I thought about quarterback with Drew Lock still on the board. But Bush helps Denver right now, and I love the fit in Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense. [April 18]

**Jenny Vrentas, The MMQB**: ILB Devin Bush, Michigan

The Broncos don't have to force anything at QB after trading for Joe Flacco. They have a glaring need at interior offensive line, so they could look to trade back in the first round for someone like NC State's Garrett Bradbury. If they stay here, it would be hard to ignore Bush, whom some evaluators see as being neck and neck with White as the top linebackers in the class. Linebacker is a need for Denver, and behind White and Bush there's a drop-off at the position, so it makes sense for the Broncos to address the spot early. [April 17]

**Daniel Jeremiah,**: ILB Devin White, LSU

I know the Broncos have done a lot of homework on the quarterbacks in this draft, but I just can't envision them taking a QB here before they get a chance to see what Joe Flacco looks like in this offense. Instead, they go with the top LB available. [April 16]

**Danny Kelly, The Ringer**: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

Big-armed pocket passer with a knack for the big play but inconsistencies in his accuracy, footwork, and decision-making. [April 15]

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