ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As the NFL draft closes in and the Denver Broncos continue to do their homework on the quarterbacks on the board, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay dove in with a two-round mock draft.
And in his fourth mock draft, Kiper still sees the Broncos using the No. 5 overall pick on a potential quarterback of the future, as the Broncos were poised to work out USC’s Sam Darnold in Los Angeles on Friday. Kiper, as he did in his last mock draft, sees the Broncos selecting Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield at No. 5 while McShay has the Broncos taking a swing at the best pass rusher on the board in North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb.
Both had Darnold, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen as well as Penn State running back Saquon Barkley off the board by the time the Broncos’ No. 5 pick came up. Chubb, who won both the Ted Hendricks and Bronco Nagurski awards this past season as the nation's best defensive end and best defender, respectively, had 22 tackles for loss to go with 10 sacks this past season.
In recent weeks, Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway has called it "wide open" when asked what the team might do at No. 5.
"It’s going to be important for us to find guys that can help our football team," Elway said. "We’ll continue to work that."
As they moved to the second round, Kiper and McShay each believed the Broncos will try to address some uncertainty in the offensive line with Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn. Wynn played at left tackle this past season for the Bulldogs after he had started the two previous seasons at left guard.
He projects to a guard in the NFL and is a technically sound, athletic player who many talent evaluators believe will be ready to play quickly. The Broncos hope to move Ron Leary back to left guard and have an opening at right guard that a player like Wynn could fill.