NFL Draft 2022: Denver Broncos Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Denver Broncos Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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NFL Draft 2022: Denver Broncos Draft Analysis From The College Perspective

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2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Denver Broncos draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach


NFL Draft 2022: Denver Broncos Draft Analysis

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2022 NFL Draft Analysis
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Denver Broncos Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022

2 (64) EDGE Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma
3 (80) TE Greg Dulcich, UCLA
4 (115) CB Damarri Mathis, Pitt
4 (116) DE Eyioma Uwazurike, Iowa State
5 (152) S Delarrin Turner-Yell, Oklahoma
5 (162) WR Montrell Washington, Samford
5 (171) C Luke Wattenberg, Washington
6 (206) DE Matt Henningsen, Wisconsin
7 (232) CB Faion Hicks, Wisconsin

Denver Broncos Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– The Broncos didn’t have a pick until late in the second round, but they got a fantastic value pass rusher pick in Nik Bonitto. There wasn’t anything like a reach pick with so many late spots  – seven of the nine picks were after the third round – but they were able to do a decent job of coming up with …

– Strength in numbers. Defensive back was a big key, and they got three of them. Tight end was a need, and Greg Dulcich wasn’t a bad pick. However, they also needed linebackers and they passes on a slew of them in the third round for the UCLA pass catcher.

– They didn’t do much of anything to help protect Russell Wilson. An offensive tackle would’ve been nice, and taking Dulcich over versatile offensive lineman UCLA teammate Sean Rhyan was a call.

Denver Broncos Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft

Best Value Pick: 4 (115) CB Damarri Mathis, Pitt

Biggest Reach: 3 (80) TE Greg Dulcich, UCLA (but not really)

Late Flier That Might Work: 6 (206) DE Matt Henningsen, Wisconsin

Denver Broncos Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022

– Russell Wilson. That’s the draft. That’s everything to a Denver team that needed a big-time playmaker who can take the offense and raise it up a few levels. He cost the next few first round picks and a few second rounders, but he’s Russell Wilson, and no one else in this draft is. But …

– There’s still work to do. The Broncos still have a second rounder, two in the third, and five picks from 64 to 116. The lines each need new bodies to throw into the mix, especially on the offensive side. Wilson needs time to work.

A linebacker would be nice, more secondary help would be great, so …

Who’ll be there with Denver’s first pick? At the 64 – the last pick in the second round – a good linebacker should fall. That’s where the value should be with Wyoming’s Chad Muma and Montana State’s Troy Anderson for the inside, and pass rusher DeAngelo Malone from WKU and – in a perfect world – USC’s Drake Jackson would be outstanding.

Denver Broncos 2021 Draft Picks

1 (9) CB Patrick Surtain, Alabama
2 (35) RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina
3 (105) – LB Baron Browning, Ohio State
3 (98) – OG/C Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
5 (152) – S Caden Sterns, Texas
5 (164) – S Jamar Johnson, Indiana
6 (219) – WR Seth Williams, Auburn
7 (237) – CB Kary Vincent, LSU
7 (239) – DE Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State
7 (253) – DE Marquiss Spencer, Mississippi State

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