Since the calendar has flipped over to January, it means NFL draft season is upon us.
My tickets and credentials are already booked for the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.
For the last eight years, I have made what I call “The Ultimate Road Trip.”
Going to all these events has given me insight into risers and fallers in the NFL draft. It has also allowed me to build a network of contacts throughout the league. Scouts, general managers and head coaches now populate the contacts list on my iPhone because of the relationships I’ve built on the road.
Bottom line—I love the draft season. As much as I enjoy the regular season and the playoffs, it’s the draft season I look forward to the most.
In the regular season (and postseason), it’s players versus other players as they battle it out on the gridiron. During draft season, we get to see front office versus front office in a game of chess that unfolds over the period of a few months.
The Broncos are still alive in the playoffs, and they are looking to make a run at the Super Bowl. However, that doesn’t stop them from attending these events looking for the next great player and sleeper picks to add in the late rounds.
Any way you slice it, the Broncos are going to be picking at or near the end of the first round. The draft is constantly in motion, and the Broncos may see value players drop to them at that spot.
As of now, the primary draft needs appear to be:
- Inside linebacker
- Defensive End
- Free Safety
- Wide receiver
- Defensive Tackle
Keep in mind that free agency comes before the draft, so team needs can certainly change.
Also, the Broncos have a history of passing on a pressing need to draft the best player available on the board. They also are known to maneuver around the draft board by trading picks.
Here is one way the 2014 NFL draft could go down for the Denver Broncos.
All quotes and injury/practice observations obtained firsthand. Record/statistical information provided via email from the Denver Broncos.