Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is set to address his team's biggest needs in the NFL draft after plugging his biggest holes during a busy offseason.
Elway acquired cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey in trades and also signed offensive lineman Graham Glasgow, running back Melvin Gordon, tight end Nick Vannett, backup quarterback Jeff Driskel and punter Sam Martin in free agency.
Those moves will allow Elway to focus on wide receivers and offensive linemen in the draft as he looks to give quarterback Drew Lock a better supporting cast.
Denver Broncos Draft Preview
Round 1: Pick #15 - DENVER (7-9 in 2019)
LAST SEASON: Musical chairs at coach and quarterback in Denver finally ended when Vic Fangio turned to rookie Drew Lock, who went 4-1 — with only loss to Super Bowl champion Chiefs on the road. It was too late for the Broncos to avoid a third straight losing season but provided hope that John Elway finally found worthy successor to Peyton Manning.
Lost: DB Chris Harris Jr., DE Derek Wolfe, DB Will Parks, C Connor McGovern, LS Casey Kreiter. Didn’t re-sign G Ronald Leary, RB Theo Riddick, RB Devontae Booker, DE Adam Gotsis, ILB Corey Nelson, QB Brandon Allen. Traded FB Andy Janovich.
Acquired: CB A.J. Bouye, DL Jurrell Casey, OL Graham Glasgow, RB Melvin Gordon, TE Nick Vannett, QB2 Jeff Driskel, P/KO Sam Martin.
THEY NEED: OL, WR, DB, ILB
THEY DON’T NEED: RB, TE, DE, K
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy, Georgia OT Andrew Thomas.
OUTLOOK: Elway filled his biggest holes in free agency, freeing him up to focus on his two biggest needs in draft: offensive line and wide receiver, two areas that are deep this year.