If the Broncos want to draft the best player available, Teddy Bridgewater could end up in Denver.
Bridgewater, who was viewed as a can’t-miss prospect at the conclusion of his college season, has recently seen his stock plummet. Now, he might not even be picked in the first round.
According to NFL.com, draft expert Mike Mayock doesn't view Bridgewater as a first-round talent. If teams feel the same way, he could be available when Denver picks.
His college production indicates that he could be stellar in the NFL, and many think the criticism is unwarranted. However, the Broncos should resist the urge to sacrifice the present for the future.
One reason is because Brock Osweiler is on the roster. He has done well in preseason showings, and his development could lead to a successful career down the road.
It’s not worth trading or knocking him down the depth chart just to add another option, especially in this talented draft. A player like Ryan Shazier, C.J. Mosley or Kyle Fuller could help Denver win now, which is what Denver needs to do.
After all, Peyton Manning isn’t getting any younger.
Conversely, Bridgewater wouldn’t contribute in 2014 barring an injury. And he might not even help the Broncos in the future.
Denver wants to win a championship with Manning, and its first-round draft pick needs to reflect that. In other words, making a pick for the future in one of the most talented draft classes ever would not be a smart decision.