The Denver Broncos released a winning NFL draft for 2021 in which GM George Paton set out in his first year exactly why he was such a coveted candidate for the league job. Paton was good at striking that delicate balance between designing the best available player (BPA) and meeting short and long term roster requirements.
As Paton said prior to the draft, the Broncos would remain disciplined “within reason” regarding the BPA philosophy. Denver has drafted 10 players.
Head coach Vic Fangio, who was very involved in this design class, smiled from ear to ear as Paton replenished the defense cabinets in various positions including cornerback (two), inside linebacker, safety (two), edge rusher, and defensive line.
On the offensive side of the ball, coordinator Pat Shurmur also had to be pleased that Javonte Williams was run back by the future number 1 in round 2, as well as an inside offensive lineman with a starting caliber and another cross-border receiver with the “my ball” in round 3 -Mentality.
For the fans holding points, Paton’s draft haul has reviewed many fields of need while filling the roster with some upgraded talent. Two positions that were conspicuously ignored: quarterback and offensive tackle.
It turns out that Paton actually “likes” Drew Lock and is happy with the team’s QB room following the preliminary draft of the Teddy Bridgewater acquisition. However, Paton has left room for a potential trade with Aaron Rodgers in the future when the Football Gods pave the way for the incumbent MVP to leave Green Bay.
On Sunday, 9NEWS ‘Mike Klis reported that Denver had signed 11 college free agents who hadn’t heard their names on draft day. Let’s take a look at what positions Paton and the company prioritized among college free agents.
- Shaun Beyer | TE | Iowa
- David Curry | LB | Georgia Tech
- Devontres Dukes | WR | South Florida
- Drew Himmelman | OT | Illinois State
- Warren Jackson | WR | Colorado State
- Nolan Laufberg | 1st floor | air force
- Branden Mack | WR | temple
- Mac McCain | CB | North Carolina A & T.
- Andre Mintze | OLB | Vanderbilt
- Adam Prentice | FB | South carolina
- Curtis Robinson | LB | Stanford
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Klis reported that Mintze received a $ 85,000 guarantee. Mintze could order it because several teams wanted to sign it.
However, you will find that only an offensive attack has been signed and not a quarterback. Paton speaks volumes here relative to the QB position.
In offensive duels, we just have to wait and see how spring and summer develop. If a veteran or rookie the Broncos like gets within range of orbit, I’d expect Paton to bring one in.
In the meantime, there is behind the starters Garett Bolles and Ja’Wuan James Calvin Anderson, Quinn Bailey – then a massive shortage up to the uncovered rookie from the state of Illinois, Himmelman.
We’ll be giving a detailed breakdown of what each of these CFAs will bring to the table shortly for Broncos release. Stay tuned.
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