Denver Broncos Mock Draft: Building around Wilson

Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos (Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos (Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Denver Broncos desperately need to fix their offense, and in this mock draft, they load up on talent on that side of the ball.  No one expected the Broncos to be as bad as they were in 2022, and their performance uncovered a ton of issues on offense, starting with the offensive line.

Questionable depth at wide receiver and tight end were also present for the team.  Luckily, their top ranked defense will mostly remain the same in 2023, so no major changes are needed there, but on offense, expect the Broncos to draft quite a bit of players on that side of the ball.

Denver Broncos Mock Draft: Building around Wilson

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Georgia. Broderick Jones. OT. 28. player. 45

The first pick for the Denver Broncos is Broderick Jones out of Georgia.  Perhaps the best offensive linemen in the draft, Jones has a future at left tackle, but I do think the Broncos keep Garett Bolles and consider moving Jones over to right tackle.

He has all the talent in the world, so I would not anticipate this would be an easy transition for him.

67. TCU. Steve Avila. C. player. 45. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis

The Broncos double up along the offensive line and grab Steve Avila from TCU.  Avila does not have the best athleticism, but he’s insanely strong and has a 6’4″, 330lb frame at his disposal.  He can also play guard, so the versatility makes him a good get for Denver.

45. Pick Analysis. 68. Texas A&M. Devon Achane. player. Scouting Report. RB

Javonte Williams likely won’t be ready for the start of the 2023 season, so it would be wise for the Broncos to look to the draft to find a cheap but efficient option at running back.  General Manager George Paton has a history of prioritizing the running back position, so I don’t think that will all of a sudden stop here.

Scouting Report. LB. Jack Campbell. player. Pick Analysis. Iowa. 106. 45

The Denver Broncos finally add some defensive talent in the 2023 NFL Draft by selecting Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell, who was arguably the best linebacker in the nation this year.

With Josey Jewell and Alex Singleton both closer to 30 than 25, it’d be wise for the Broncos to target an inside linebacker to keep that unit stocked with quality talent.

137. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Garrett Williams. 45. CB. Syracuse. player

Denver should think about adding a cornerback as well at some point in the 2023 NFL Draft, as Ronald Darby is coming off a torn ACL and is approaching 30.  The team should work to keep their defense as top notch as possible, especially if the offense cannot find their footing.

Will Mallory. 172. 45. Pick Analysis. TE. Miami (FL). Scouting Report. player

The team may need more production out of the tight end room.  Rookie Greg Dulcich played well, but Albert Okwuegbunam did not take that step forward that many thought he would, so getting some fresh and young bodies in here would be a good idea.

Overall, the Broncos clearly put an emphasis on the offense, specifically the offensive line in this mock draft.