ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. takes a look at how Wednesday’s opening of free agency -- 4 p.m. ET -- could impact how teams look at the first round.
However, Kiper believes the Denver Broncos will look at the board the same way in the draft’s opening round. For the second time in his first three mock drafts, Kiper believes the Broncos will select an offensive lineman.
In his second mock draft Ohio State tackle Taylor Decker was Kiper’s pick for the Broncos, and this time it’s Indiana tackle Jason Spriggs. Spriggs, who measured in at 6-foot-5 5/8 and 301 pounds at the combine, fits the profile for the Broncos as one of the tackles who ran a sub-5.0 40-yard dash in Indianapolis.
In Kiper’s mock Spriggs, with the No. 31 pick of the opening round, would also be the fifth tackle off the board in the first round.
The Broncos plan to do plenty of work on the offensive line in the coming weeks and months. Tackles Ryan Clady and Ty Sambrailo are coming off injured reserve, while tackle Ryan Harris and guard Evan Mathis are unrestricted free agents.