Denver Broncos Mock Draft Roundup 2.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Denver Broncos Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Denver Broncos from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Broncos:
The Draft Network - Ryan Fowler (1/14)
12. Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
With Russell Wilson on his way out, Denver needs a quarterback. You don't need a herculean type of athlete to lead an offense and Bo Nix is one of the most cerebral, mature, and efficient signal-callers available. He remains underappreciated in this QB class.
San Diego Union-Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/12)
12. Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
The Broncos need a bonafide threat on the outside to pair with Zach Allen, who normally wreaks havoc on the interior. Latu features a pro-ready arsenal of pass-rush moves and became the first Bruin to win the Lombardi Award (outstanding lineman) and Hendricks Award (best defensive end) this season. Medical evaluations of a neck injury the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year suffered during his time with Washington will have a big impact on his draft stock.
The 33rd Team - Marcus Mosher (1/12)
12. J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
We know the Denver Broncos
are set to make a change at quarterback after benching Russell Wilson for the final two weeks. But will they sign a veteran or will Sean Payton want a quarterback to draft and develop?
J.J. McCarthy isn't the most polished player, but he has a strong arm, and he's mobile. Coming off a National Championship win won't hurt his stock, either.
NBC Sports - Connor Rogers (1/11)
12. Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
The Broncos have some pieces on defense coming off the edge in Jonathon Cooper, Baron Browning and Nik Bonitto, but they need a bona fide game wrecker. That's what Verse has been for Florida State these past two seasons, with heavyweight hands and knock back power.
ESPN - Jordan Reid (1/10)
12. J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
Russell Wilson could be released before the start of the new league year, which would leave coach Sean Payton in search of a young QB to mold in his offense. The Broncos might sign an experienced veteran, but McCarthy has some traits we've seen Payton gravitate toward in the past: The Wolverines star is an instinctive and accurate passer who makes plays to win games. He has really good ball placement, hitting 72.3% of his throws this season. Scouts have mixed opinions on McCarthy -- mainly surrounding his role in Michigan's run-heavy scheme -- and he's no lock to go on Day 1, but he has the chance to be a solid NFL starter.
The Athletic - Nick Baumgardner (1/10)
TRADE - 27. Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
The QB4 question is a tough one. Neither Penix nor McCarthy is an obvious first-round pick as I sit on things today. McCarthy could emerge as that fourth quarterback in the class, but he also could go back to school.
Meanwhile, Penix's improvement over the last two years at Washington is undeniable. However, there are still areas of his game — after six years and several season-ending injuries — that will give scouts pause. On the plus side, he's the most confident vertical college passer we've seen since Joe Burrow
, which counts for something.
USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/9)
12. Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
Aidan O'Connell tossing two touchdowns in the regular-season finale should serve as a reminder that this secondary still is a problem. At 6-2 and 185 pounds with the fluidity to stick with receivers at every level of the field, Wiggins would make for an imposing cornerback tandem with Patrick Surtain II.
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