Can Broncos get the No. 5 (or better) pick in the 2019 NFL draft? Kiz: How low can the Broncos go? After a 19-17 loss to the Texans, Denver enters the bye week, when we offer farewell kisses to any hope of a .500 season. I know general manager John Elway makes a bitter-beer face at the prospect of drafting early in the first round, but the Broncos need to take that medicine. So what’s the best draft position Denver can dream about, and will it be good enough to get a franchise quarterback? O’Halloran: Let’s put a target on the Broncos’ final record being 5-11 with wins over Cleveland and Oakland. That puts the Broncos behind the Raiders, Buffalo, the Giants and Arizona. The Bills and Cardinals will be open for trade business since they drafted Joshes Allen and Rosen, respectively, last year. The Giants must take a quarterback if they haven’t traded for one by late April. The “best” case position for the Broncos is Nos. 5-10. Kiz: With an 8-17 … [Read more...] about Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: Can the Broncos lose their way into a top-five NFL draft pick?
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Here's how the 2018 NFL Draft played out for the Buffalo Bills by Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora 30s ago • 20 min read ORCHARD PARK, NY – The genesis of the Buffalo Bills' potentially epic 2018 draft can be traced back 51 weeks prior to them actually selecting quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds both within the first 16 picks on that hectic Thursday night.The concept of being in position to grab a quarterback at the top of that draft was something coach Sean McDermott began discussing with general manager Brandon Beane shortly after the GM was hired last May 9, with their veteran starter, Tyrod Taylor, perhaps destined to be a mere bridge guy in Buffalo and not the solution at quarterback. The exercise of weeding out which players were going to be here for the long haul and which were possibly extraneous began almost immediately, and led directly to what occurred this past May. The process was considered paramount for … [Read more...] about How the Bills shocked themselves and landed Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds in 2018 NFL Draft
These impressive but underrated college players should skyrocket up draft boards after big 2018 seasons by Chris Trapasso @ChrisTrapasso CBSSports.com 6m ago • 4 min read Every year a handful of players totally off the first-round radar before the season ultimately become Round 1 selections. And they're not always from obscure small schools. In 2018, UTSA's Marcus Davenport, UCLA's Kolton Miller, Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch, Maryland's D.J. Moore, and UCF's Mike Hughes parlayed huge final seasons at the collegiate level to hearing their names called among the first 32 picks. Here are some dark horse prospects who very well may ascend into the first round of the 2019 draft. Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, NebraskaMorgan Jr. was the Huskers' prime downfield target last season because of his deceptive long speed, impossible-to-miss strong hands and plus tracking ability. He had 61 grabs for 986 yards (16.2 yards per catch) with 10 … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL Draft: Five under-the-radar prospects who could rise into the first round
During the 2016 offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles were in clear need of a franchise quarterback, and the incoming crop of college passers was thought to be a very deep and talented group. As you all know, the Eagles identified Carson Wentz as the cream of the crop, and made two costly trades to go up and get him. At the time, many Eagles fans did not approve of the expensive price to draft a Division I-AA quarterback from North Dakota State, preferring instead to draft a different quarterback later in draft without parting with other valuable picks. Obviously, the Eagles' strategy was the correct one, as Wentz led the Eagles to an 11-2 record in 2017 before tearing his ACL. Without Wentz's MVP-caliber season, the Eagles almost certainly would not have gained home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and then who knows how their season would have ended. Of the other 14 quarterbacks taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, only five remain with the teams that originally picked them. Let's take … [Read more...] about A look back at the 2016 NFL Draft, and how the non-Carson Wentz quarterbacks have fared
College football's best QBs have some work to do to bolster the reputation of the 2019 class by Chris Trapasso @ChrisTrapasso CBSSports.com 2m ago • 7 min read Next year's quarterback draft class has an extraordinarily tough act to follow, and there's some thought scouts are "terrified" of the 2019 crop of signal-callers, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. From his June 27 article, "One scout specifically said: 'There's maybe three—[Justin] Herbert (Oregon), Drew Lock (Missouri) and the Auburn kid (Jarrett Stidham)—who look like dudes. But there are a lot—a lot—of issues here. I'm terrified of this class. I hope everyone got their guy last year."I already took a deep dive on next year's quarterback class, which features strengths, weaknesses, and an early pro comparison for each. Also, 10 signal-callers are in my preseason Top 100 list, which will obviously fluctuate a great deal over the next 10 … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL Draft: Here are the flaws next year’s top quarterback prospects must fix