Saturday, May 18, 2024

Denver Broncos 2024 NFL power rankings post-draft roundup

Throughout the 2024 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-NFL draft roundup for the Denver Broncos in our consensus 2024 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Most improved: Defensive line

The Broncos trading for DE John Franklin-Myers during draft weekend was one of the best under-the-radar moves of the three-day affair. Denver acquired a player who will play and have an impact across its entire defensive front for a swap of sixth- and seventh-round draft picks. Franklin-Myers is a highly productive player who consistently pressures opposing passers. Couple that with the addition of Malcolm Roach, a powerful interior player who should help what was a wobbly run defense at times last season, and the Broncos have improved. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 28

It always felt like Bo Nix and Sean Payton were going to end up together. Part of that had to do with the fact that the Broncos were hamstrung, both financially and in terms of draft capital. But there's also a style crossover that makes sense, with Payton known for his screen packages and the timing and rhythm of his system and Nix thriving in a similar environment up at Oregon. Left to his own devices, Nix can get himself in trouble at times. But if he allows Payton to shepherd him -- and deals with all the tough love that comes with that -- Nix might be in the best place to thrive eventually. Jerry Jeudy is gone, and Courtland Sutton's place with the team isn't clear, but adding a deep threat (Troy Franklin) to a semi-promising WR room was a smart play, too. I'm kind of interested in seeing how fast and well Nix can grab hold of his opportunity.

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CBS Sports -- Rank: 28

They took Bo Nix 12th overall to be their quarterback. When does he play? When should he play? It's all about Nix now.

USA Today -- Rank: 29

Admittedly a low slotting for a team in a division where second place might be up for grabs yet has a made guy like Sean Payton calling the shots. But given how bad Denver was on both sides of the ball in 2023, QB Bo Nix —steady and mature as he is — has a Rocky Mountain climb to thrive as a rookie with this supporting cast and while attempting to ingest Payton's demanding system.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

The Falcons' quarterback selection kept Denver off the national hot seat. The Broncos took Oregon quarterback Bo Nix at No. 12, which was 32 spots higher than The Athletic's Dane Brugler had him ranked. If it works, Sean Payton can turn Denver around quickly. If it doesn't, it'll be another in a series of very curious Broncos moves.

Fox Sports -- Rank: 31

Will it be Bo Nix, Jarrett Stidham or Zach Wilson starting at quarterback? Doesn't that question tell you a lot about what to expect from the Broncos? This feels like a season to take some lumps, develop their new quarterback and get the disastrous Russell Wilson contract off their books.

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