NFL Draft Fantasy Preview of the Denver Broncos
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The 2017 Denver Broncos season is a testament to just how important it is to have a solid option at quarterback in the fold. Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler were simply horrendous last year, and it showed in the Fantasy output of players like DeMaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. With the signing of Case Keenum, the Broncos feel they have taken care of the immediate need at quarterback and will use the NFL draft to attack needs elsewhere on the team.
If they got the Keenum of 2017, he will be an immediate upgrade to this offense. Both Thomas and Sanders should see their production and Fantasy values go up in drafts. This will even be an upgrade to the porous running attack behind C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. The biggest areas to watch for the Broncos in the draft will be along the offensive line and secondary. Both will need fresh bodies as we head into 2018.
Team Needs: CB, DE, OL
Projected Top Three Picks
First Round: Quenton Nelson, OL Notre Dame
Second Round: Mike Hughes, CB UCF
Third Round: Rasheem Green, DE USC
If the board holds true, getting Quenton Nelson with the fifth pick would be a big bonus for a Broncos team that needs a boost on the offensive line. Nelson possesses size and power, and he is great at finishing blocks. Few prospects coming out are as technically sound as Nelson. He projects to be an All-Pro for many years and will immediately help this offense.
This gives the running game a boost in value while also allowing Keenum ample time to get his receivers to where they need to be. Both Thomas and Sanders should see their value rise back to the WR2 range, while the backfield split of Anderson and Booker is a little harder to predict. Anderson’s skill as a runner and receiver should keep his value around that of a RB3 in both formats and Booker will more than likely find himself as a weekly Flex option, especially in PPR formats.
For the next two selections, the Broncos look to bolster the defensive side of the ball to help fill holes left from the offseason. Mike Hughes will come in and likely start right away, whether it is opposite Chris Harris or in the slot. He would have benefited from another year in college as he possesses the skills to make him a first round pick, but his sample size of gameplay and tape is very small. His smaller size could hurt him against taller NFL receivers, but he makes up for it with athleticism.
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The selection of Rasheem Green could potentially give the Broncos another pass rusher to take pressure off Von Miller. He has an explosive burst, but his strength and technique still need a little work at this level. More skilled offensive lineman will be able to stop him in his tracks. But once he gets more muscle onto his frame, Green projects out to be a plus starter in the NFL. Both of these selections could make an immediate impact that should help maintain this Broncos unit as one of the more consistent Fantasy defenses out there.
DeMaryius Thomas Photo Credit: AP Photo/Darron Cummings