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Denver Broncos Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Denver Broncos Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Denver Broncos from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Denver Broncos, check out our 2021 Denver Broncos Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Broncos:

EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)

10. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Ever since John Elway won a Super Bowl with another all-time great (Peyton Manning), the team's offense has struggled. In fact, the Super Bowl-winning season was due to the defense more than it was due to Manning. Since Manning retired after the 2015 season, the team's offense has ranked no better than 22nd in scoring offense and bottom half of the league in total offense every year. This season, the Broncos rank 27th in total offense and 29th in scoring offense. It's not often that an FCS quarterback declares after playing only one game beyond his redshirt freshman season, but Lance has an intriguing dual-threat skill set.

San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)

10. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Vic Fangio's best defenses have historically featured a roaming linebacker. Parsons is another elite prospect who opted out of the 2020 season, citing “the potential risk to the health and well-being” of his young son.

Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)

10. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

With the jury still out on Drew Lock, John Elway can secure quite the Plan B if he turns in a card with Trey Lance's name on it. As a freshman two seasons ago, Lance turned in a near-flawless season for the Bison, throwing for 28 touchdowns without an interception. He had a single showcase game this fall against Central Arkansas that produced mixed results, but the traits will cause teams to fall for him. He checks the arm and athleticism boxes that NFL teams are looking for in today's NFL.

He also checks some of the boxes that more old-school evaluators will look for, as the NDSU offense puts its quarterback under center and asks him to work through some progression reads on those play-action drops with the back turned to the secondary for a moment or two. Scouts love to see that, and something tells me Elway will too.

PFF - Gayle (12/29)

10. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

The Broncos are in a tough spot. John Elway & Co. threw the kitchen sink at adding offensive weapons (Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler) for second-year quarterback Drew Lock in a prove-it year, and now Lock will enter Week 17 as PFF's 28th-ranked quarterback in terms of passing grade (60.8). While it's obvious the Broncos should pursue an upgrade over Lock, adding a clear-cut upgrade without a top-five pick will be difficult.

Elway may chase veteran quarterbacks on the trade market (Carr, Wentz, Garoppolo, Ryan, Stafford), but if he can't find a price point he likes, Lance could be his best option at No. 10 overall. The former NDSU standout is a toolsy prospect with a lot of the measurables (size, athleticism, arm strength) talent evaluators look to target and develop at the quarterback position.

CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)

10. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Fields falls to 10, in part because Zach Wilson had a stellar 2020 campaign but also because Fields' performance against Indiana and Northwestern raised eyebrows. He's undeniably talented but there are concerns about aspects of his game that could see him be something other than one of the first two QBs drafted.

Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)

10. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

I won't blame anyone for wanting to give Drew Lock more time to develop in a division that seems unattainable for the short and long term future because of one Patrick Lavon Mahomes. I'm not waiting. Lock has a howitzer of an arm, and he's decently athletic, but he cannot make up for his flaws as a passer with his legs like Josh Allen was able to in his first few seasons as a starter.

Fields' legs can make up for his flaws as a passer, but he is a much more advanced passer than Lock was as a prospect. Fields can work well in the quick game and does well to deliver accurate passes downfield. He needs to improve his internal clock, but that can only come by taking more reps.

PFF - Renner (12/23)

13. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Is he a safety, or is he a linebacker? I'm not sure it matters, as he's the type of versatile coverage player you want in today's NFL. He's allowed only 197 yards on 31 targets this season while often playing a role that would be classified as slot corner in the NFL.

Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)

13. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

When you have to deal with Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert in your division, it's a good idea to draft a rangy linebacker who can cover tight ends, chase down running backs and even pull the chain as a blitzer when needed. Owusu-Koramoah is the best three-down linebacker in the draft and will be an instant impact player.

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