ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Opinions are like, well, draft picks these days.
Everybody’s got some.
And when it comes to what the Denver Broncos should include in their draft class next week, especially with their first-round pick at No. 20, two of the team’s most high-profile players know what they’d like to see.
Cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who has been named to the last three Pro Bowls, and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who has had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, echoed Monday what coach Vance Joseph said in recent weeks.
“overall to our offense in general [we need to] add more juice there, whether it’s a receiver or a running back," Joseph said when the team’s offseason program opened last week. "Every good offense needs a guy who take the ball from the [line of scrimmage] and go the distance with it. It’s important to have that aspect of an offense. Running back, receiver, wherever it comes from, but definitely having more juice on offense is a must in my opinion.’’
Harris was on board with those sentiments as the Broncos began their second week of the offseason program.
“I like playmakers, man,’’ Harris said. “If it’s a playmaker on defense or offense, just a guy who is going to put up some points, a guy who’s going to be able to change the game. So, we definitely need a guy who can play running back, receiver and return. Any guy who can do that I would like, I would definitely love that.’’
Told that sounded like the resume of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, a suburban Denver native whose father, Ed, played for the Broncos, Harris would only laugh.
“I feel like we need help all around the board, in terms of the offensive line, so if we could draft a tackle,’’ Sanders said before he added: “ ... As far as position, I like a lot of the receivers.’’
Sanders then named Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook and Washington wide receiver John Ross. Those two players are among the fastest on the draft board with Ross having set a record in the 40-yard dash at the scouting combine with an official 4.22-second clocking (electronically timed).
“[The] tight end class is [also] so deep, lot of explosive guys,’’ Sanders added.
Since John Elway was hired as the team’s top football decision-maker, he has used the team’s first pick in the draft in five of six previous drafts. One of those initial picks came in the second round – defensive end Derek Wolfe in 2012.
When the Broncos traded up in the first round to get Paxton Lynch in last April’s draft, it was the first time Elway had used the team’s opening pick on an offensive player. This year, with what Joseph said about the need for more speed on offense and an opening at left tackle, the Broncos’ biggest needs are on offense.