Thursday, May 13, 2021

Denver Broncos Post-Draft 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Denver Broncos Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Denver Broncos from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Denver Broncos, check out our Denver Broncos Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Broncos:

EDSFootball - Hanson (5/10)

24. Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati

If the Broncos are picking this late, it's possible that Drew Lock took a major step forward in his development. There were draft-night rumors -- e.g., Mark Schlereth called it "close to a done deal" -- that the Broncos would acquire Aaron Rodgers, but those didn't materialize during the draft.

While I was still tempted to slot another Bearcat (quarterback Desmond Ridder) here, Denver's top pass-rushers -- Von Miller (2022) and Bradley Chubb (2023) -- will become free agents in the next two offseasons. Before Sanders decided to return to school, he was getting some late-first buzz. Sanders had 10.5 TFLs and seven sacks over 10 games last season.

Touchdown Wire - Schofield (5/7)

24. Jayden Daniels, QB, Arizona State

The Denver Broncos passed on a quarterback early in the 2021 NFL draft, and while rumors continue to swirl around veteran passer Aaron Rodgers, the QB position could be in play for the organization in the next draft cycle.

Another passer to watch as a potential QB riser is Arizona State's Jayden Daniels. Daniels was an immediate starter for the Sun Devils as a true freshman, and was an Honorable Mention for the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year in 2019. In just four games last year, Daniels completed 49 of 84 passes for 701 yards, five touchdowns and a single interception. He added another 223 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. With a big junior season -- which is certainly possible -- Daniels could be the next QB to rocket up boards during draft season.

PFF - Renner (5/7)

24. Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State

Lucas is a powerful right tackle who rarely gets moved on tape. He likely would have declared this past year had the Pac-12 season not gotten significantly shortened. He played only 272 snaps in 2020.

ESPN - McShay (5/6)

11. Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma

The Broncos didn't take a quarterback at No. 9 this year, despite Justin Fields and Mac Jones still being on the board. I was really surprised by that. Trading for Teddy Bridgewater just tells me Denver isn't confident in Drew Lock, who has two more seasons under contract at a soft cap number, as its starter. But at the same time, Bridgewater isn't the answer either, and he's only under contract one more season. You need an elite QB in the passer-happy AFC West, and I think the Broncos could be looking for one next April. Rattler gives them a potential franchise guy at the position.

The redshirt sophomore starred last season with a 67.5% completion percentage, 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also added another six TDs on the ground. Rattler excels when throwing downfield and outside the pocket.

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (5/4)

6. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Howell has piled up 7,227 yards, 68 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions in two seasons. He'd be the sixth quarterback from the ACC to be selected in the first round since 2017 -- Watson (2017), Mitchell Trubisky (2017), Lamar Jackson (2018), Daniel Jones (2019) and Trevor Lawrence (2021).

The Athletic - Brugler (5/4)

24. D.J. Dale, IDL, Alabama

The only true defensive tackle in this mock draft, Dale is a stout nose. He won't fill up the stat sheet, but his impact is clear. He earned the starting job as a true freshman and has been an understated performer for the Tide the last two seasons.

CBS Sports - Wilson (5/3)

26. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

Ridder is another QB who is incredibly fun to watch. He can sling it, but he's also rushed for more than 1,800 yards in three seasons. He'll need to but it all together to work his way into the Round 1 chatter by next offseason, but he has all the physical tools.

NBC Edge - Klassen (5/2)

24. DeMarvin Leal, IDL, Texas A&M

Realistically the Broncos would probably trade up for a QB from this position. It's possible Drew Lock or Teddy Bridgewater take command of the job, but my assumption with Denver finishing this well would be that it's in spite of their QB play. Well, there aren't any more QBs left here, so the pick is Leal. Leal is the quintessential pass-rushing DT: lean, explosive, could use some more weight on him vs the run. Denver could use the juice, though.

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