The Denver Broncos are heading into the NFL offseason with quite a bit of optimism. After starting the season slow, they started picking up steam late in the year after switching to rookie Drew Lock at quarterback. Now, the team is looking to add pieces to the puzzle rather than actually having to buy the puzzle.
In the five games that Lock started at quarterback, the Broncos went 4-1. They still have quite a few pieces to build on defensively and their offense has multiple weapons as well.
Needless to say, the 2020 NFL Draft will be a big opportunity for John Elway and the Broncos. Elway has done a good job in recent years in the draft and will need to do so again this year. Denver will have the No. 15 overall pick in the first round, which will give them an opportunity to get another impact player.
All of that being said, here are three targets the Broncos should already be looking at with the No. 15 pick.
Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Lineman, Iowa
One need the Broncos could look to address is finding more protection for Lock. If they choose to go that route, there is one player that makes a lot of sense. That player would be Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs.
There is a good chance that Wirfs will be gone by the No. 15 pick. However, if he is available, the Broncos should strongly consider taking him. Any team with a young quarterback has to make sure that they can protect him, which is exactly the situation that Denver is in.
Xavier McKinney, Cornerback, Alabama
Next up, the Broncos will likely be in the market for a cornerback this offseason. Chris Harris is expected to leave town in free agency. There is a chance that the franchise could get a new deal done with Harris, but that isn’t extremely likely.
Xavier McKinney is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL Draft and the Broncos should take a look at him. He wouldn’t be able to come in and make the kind of impact that Denver received from Harris, but he would be a great long-term option. If the Broncos decide to shore up their secondary, McKinney would make a lot of sense.
Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama
Finally, the Broncos could end up looking for another weapon for Lock to utilize. Henry Ruggs III is the type of player that would be a perfect fit. Denver needs a playmaker and there is no one better at this stage of the draft than Ruggs.
In the 2019 season with the Crimson Tide, Ruggs caught 40 passes for 746 yards and seven touchdowns. Granted, Ruggs has a lot of work to do, but he would be a lethal weapon in Denver. If they do decide to draft him, Ruggs and Courtland Sutton would be a formidable tandem for defenses to play against.