There are going to be teams in the market for Aaron Rodgers and, presumably, Deshaun Watson. Denver is expected to be one of those teams. Kenny Pickett is a big, strong-armed quarterback with enough mobility to survive in the NFL.
Denver will have some interesting choices to make this upcoming off-season, and the decision on whether to retain some of its unrestricted free agent defensive backs may top the list. The Broncos' roster is ready to win now, so drafting an inexperienced quarterback may be something the front office shies away from altogether. Drafting a talented corner like Booth, lets Denver maneuver funds toward attracting top tier quarterbacks, like disgruntled signal callers Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers for example.
Denver has five picks in the first three rounds thanks to the Von Miller trade, so they can address a number of needs. No need is bigger than quarterback. The four-year starter has thrown 36 TD passes compared with just six picks through 11 games this season.
The Denver Broncos traded away their future Hall of Fame outside linebacker Von Miller. With this pick, they take USC edge rusher Drake Jackson. Jackson can be an instant impact edge rusher in the NFL.
From a tools perspective, Willis is in a class of his own. He is the most dangerous quarterback in college football from an athleticism perspective and possesses outstanding arm strength. He has recorded a 10.1% big-time throw rate and 93.9 rushing grade this season -- both of which lead all FBS quarterbacks by a substantial margin.
At the same time, though, Willis is still fairly raw and going to be a bit of a project at the NFL level, which is why he's QB3. The Liberty QB has been shredding lackluster competition for most of the season in 2021.
The Broncos are in dire need of a signal-caller, as neither Teddy Bridgewater nor Drew Lock has shown enough to be the quarterback of the future. The term "boom or bust" will be attached to Willis' name frequently throughout the draft process, but the Broncos must address the one position that is holding its roster back from being a consistent AFC contender. Built like a tank in a 6-foot-1 frame, Willis has plenty of arm strength. He oozes athletic traits that evaluators love to see at the position. While the Auburn transfer has the ability to become an NFL starter, his consistency this season has been a roller-coaster experience, as he has thrown three picks in three different games. If placed within the right infrastructure -- and given patience -- he could become worthy of this draft slot.