Who Is The Top Five On Your 2018 Draft Board For The Broncos?

There’s been plenty of talk on who the Broncos should target with the 5th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Thus, I thought it would be prudent to set up a simple poll to gain insight on what direction the Broncos fanbase wants the team to go toward. Barring something unusual like an early trade, I plan to leave this open through Wednesday, and then will parse the results in articles for Thursday.

To make the data parsing easier, please try to use the full name of the player, spelled correctly. (For one obvious example, it’s “Quenton”, not “Quentin” or “Quinton”.) You are also encouraged, but not required, to post your top five in the comments of this article.

  • Carsonic

    Nelson
    Barkley
    Mayfield
    Chubb
    Rosen

  • Drewredux

    Mayfield
    Rosen
    Nelson
    Vea
    Fitzpatrick

    Up for Mayfield, down for Vea/Fitzpatrick.

    • WhoShotBobbyHumphrey

      Didn’t you say you live in Oklahoma?

      • Drewredux

        Yes.

        • WhoShotBobbyHumphrey

          What is the buzz like with Baker Mayfield, where you live? Is he like a local God? One of my friends went to OU, and he is completely on his Jock.

          • Drewredux

            He has some OSU diehard haters, but he is mostly a rockstar.

            Dude just made plays from the get-go, and kept making better ones. M

            I was never aware he had “character” issues until the ‘18 draft speculation started kicking up. I’m not the biggest college football fan these days, but I do pay some attention, and you can’t help keeping up with OU athletics in these parts. You couldn’t ask more from a player on and off the field. He is ultracompetitive, but he is also all about the team. (Unless you want to vilify him for being dumb ass drunk at the wrong place on the wrong college summer night. 😀).

            P.s. I don’t think I’m biased, either. My allegiance to the Buffs remains strong. I used to hate the Sooners more than any team on earth. I still can’t say “ Switzer” without spitting and possibly becoming combative…but Stoops ran a pretty respectable ship.

  • QDoc

    Nelson
    Barkley
    Chubb
    Mayfield
    Rosen

    • QDoc

      Although after cutting CJ, I wouldn’t be sad at all to get Barkley then try to get back into Round 1 for Hernandez or a RT.

    • Carsonic

      As soon as I hit Submit, I changed my mind to this order. Of course, I’ll probably change it again several times between now and the 23rd.

      • QDoc

        I had it in the order you did, and changed it at the last minute. And then I thought maybe I should have put Barkley at 1 after releasing CJ. So yeah, I think we all reserve the right to change our minds a dozen times between now and then.

  • pubkeeper

    Mayfield
    Chubb
    Nelson
    Rosen
    Barkley

  • bradley

    Nelson
    Chubb
    Minkah
    Barkley
    Allen

    I put Allen in for fun partly, but also as a fifth choice why not take a flyer?

  • RSH

    1. Saquon Barkley
    2. Quenton Nelson
    3. Bradley Chubb
    4. Josh Rosen
    5. Sam Darnold

  • T. Jensen

    Mayfield 1a
    Rosen 1b
    Nelson
    Chubb
    Darnold

  • Sparks

    1. Quenton Nelson
    2a. Josh Rosen
    2b. Baker Mayfield
    4. Bradley Chubb
    5. Trade Down

  • Russ

    1. Chubb
    2. Mayfield
    3. Nelson
    4. Barkley
    5. Rosen/Trade down to early teens and receive a 2019 first (Hello, Bills!)

    • Yahmule

      12 + 22 + 2019 first rounder

      For

      5 + conditional 2019 second rounder if Bills 2019 first rounder is top 5.

      • DragonPie

        That sounds good. Then I’d just root for the Bills to get the sixth pick.

  • Yahmule

    1) Nelson
    2) Chubb/Barkley
    3) Rosen/Mayfield/Darnold
    4) Trade down to 7 or 9 and target Ward/Vea/Edmunds
    5) Trade down to 12 and target Vea/Edmunds/RSmith
    1,000,006) Trade up

    • Nick

      I believe the step you’re missing is “6-1,000,005): Getting hit by a bus”.

    • JohnE

      This. Exactly.

      I’ve been back and forth over whether a guard can really make enough of a difference to justify the opportunity cost of picking at #5, even if Nelson turns out to be the best guard in the NFL. But he and McGlinchey anchored an OL that helped blocked for 318 rushing yard/game (6th in the country) and helped Josh Adams, who imo has marginal NFL talent, become a Heisman candidate. Josh Adams said it was like “running behind a tow truck.”

      There are no sure things in the NFL draft, but Nelson to me is as close as you can come. As great as Chubb, Barkley and the QBs might be, they all have some level of question marks about how their skills will transfer to the pro’s. Not so with Nelson imo. Plus, I’m higher on CK at QB than most, think he’s capable of continuing solid play from last year.

      I won’t be upset with any of options 1-5, but hope the pick is Nelson.

    • FarAwayBroncoFan

      If we do get Nelson, I’ll be hoping we also get one of the other top RBs in the 2nd or 3rd. Could really transform the offense.

      • Yahmule

        If Derrius Guice somehow made it to 40, I would do backflips.

  • 1. Baker Mayfield
    2. Josh Rosen
    3. Sam Darnold
    4. Quenton Nelson
    5. Bradley Chubb

    I’m not willing to trade up for anybody. If I’m trading down, it’s only if I get a good offer that allows me to target quality players at other positions. If not, I’m taking the top player left on my board and it’s guaranteed that one of the top five will be there.

  • Laces Out

    Chubb
    Barkley
    Allenoapolgies
    Edmunds
    Fitzpatrick/Ward

  • cjfarls

    Rosen
    Darnold
    Chubb
    Nelson
    Barkley

    Not willing to trade up, as I think any of these 5 would be great. More than willing to stay put and grab one of these 5.

    Willing to trade back, particularly if there are 2+ of these folks (and Mayfield/Vea for a total of 4) still available… the ability to move back a few spots and still get one of the 7 folks I have listed would be amazing.

  • FarAwayBroncoFan

    Rosen
    Darnold
    Nelson
    Barkley
    Mayfield
    Chubb

  • WhoShotBobbyHumphrey

    1. Saquon Barkley
    2. Josh Rosen
    3. Baker Mayfield
    4. Quenton Nelson
    5. Bradley Chubb
    6. Trade Down with Buffalo for their 2 #1’s and try to snag Vea / Ward and Hernandez.

  • Saquon Barkley
    Quenton Nelson
    Baker Mayfield
    Bradley Chubb
    Josh Rosen

    (I like some of the trade and alt scenarios posted in this thread but for purposes of this exercise am just listing the 5 best names for the Broncos)

    • (Just trying to remain consistent here as Barkley and Nelson have always been atop my own draft board, even before CJ’s cut. BUT given how deep the RB class is, would definitely understand broncos waiting on taking RBs til later, if they fill another hole–OL, or whatever–with top rated player at less deep position.) I do think SB is best prospect in draft tho.

  • G Mik

    Chubb
    Barkley
    Nelson
    Mayfield
    Rosen

  • Clockwork Orange

    1. Quenton Nelson
    2. Saquon Barkley
    3. Bradley Chubb
    4. Baker Mayfield
    5. Minkah Fitzpatrick

  • DragonPie

    In my mind, their are two primary advantages of draft picks:
    1. Improved marginal value of rookie contracts.
    2. Picking up talent that is difficult to come by, either because the elite talent is usually at the top of the draft or never hits free agency.

    As far as trades go, I believe that the top of the first round has the best chances at getting generational talent that will be perennial all-pros. I believe that generally speaking, if a player is rated at the top of the first round by experts, his odds of being this generational talent are highest if he plays a less valued position because otherwise, he wouldn’t be placed ahead of other generational talent. I also believe that some positions, you can find good players late and some positions, your only chance to find good talent is early.

    I also believe that even though it’s must less of an issue than previous to the newer collective bargaining agreement, the salary of the drafted player is also a consideration more at the top of the draft.

    Those are my main mindsets when setting up my draft board. What I’m not is a scout or somebody who feels like I know football enough to successfully scout players, so I don’t have a strong opinion, but here goes my draft board with reasoning:

    1. Mayfield – His QBase really does intrigue me. I do have hopes for Keenum, but he’s anything but a sure bet to me. Hell, if he does work out great, maybe we can trade him. If not, I don’t mind a hedged bet. He’d be a great fit at five if he makes it that far. I’m not so concerned about his height, but I do think that QB’s bust at a relatively high rate, even if all signs are good. But, also, a top QB can make you an annual contender and the contract would be friendly for five years.

    2. Chubb – His position is, outside of QB, one of the most important on the field. Other than that, he grades well and makes me salivate at the idea of him opposite of Von, though I haven’t given up on Shane Ray or Shaq Barrett, I do think that another terrific pass rusher would immensely improve our pass defense next year.

    3. Ward – I am leery that he’s a bit short, but I also respect that he is very athletic, has good hands and importantly is said to be feisty and loves to tackle. To me, that’s a terrific combination and seems like a reasonable pickup. That video people posted about Oliver makes me excited about the possibility of getting him, but I’m going to trust that scouts are generally correct and that Ward is a better bet than Oliver. Since the consensus is that he’s more likely to fall a bit, I might trade down with him as the target.

    4/5. Rosen/Darnold – Both of these QB’s, I think are reasonable enough to draft here based on their position, but I don’t like them as much as Mayfield, though I understand that I may be rating metrics like QBase too much and they don’t dislike these players, either, but they don’t love these players, either. If one of these players were left on my board, I’d strongly consider trading down and picking up more capital in what I’ve been told is a very deep draft.

    6. Nelson – I’d love to trade back just two or three spots and see if Nelson is available there. If he isn’t, fine, somebody else fell to us. If he is, a good bet for a very good guard is available, but for perhaps 2million/year less than our slot, plus we could get more capital. One advantage of Nelson is that very good guards are pretty rare. Most guards are somewhere in the middle of the pack with a few just being bad. What you usually want to avoid is a very bad guard. But I remind myself of how much I salivated for Hutchinson and I wouldn’t be upset to pick him up and hope he’s the all-pro people think he is.

    Anyhow, I think if Mayfield or Chubb wasn’t available, I’d want to trade back. Partly because I don’t have as strong an opinion of most prospects than others, who perhaps are better at scouting do. I just don’t mind getting more cracks at some good players on cheap contracts in what is supposed to be a deep draft. Also, I recognize that trading into the future often nets you a pick a round higher which is a glitch that should be exploited, often, especially if it doesn’t make sense to sell out for a reasonably high shot at a championship.

  • VonSwenson

    DragonPie explains the same logic that I use very well. So:

    Mayfield
    Rosen
    Chubb
    Nelson
    Barkley

  • WhoShotBobbyHumphrey

    So, can we change our picks every day hour?

    • VonSwenson

      Sounds reasonable to me. I think what I posted below was different to how I answered the survey.

  • JohnE

    With my thoughts in constant flux about this draft, there are two constants, two players I absolutely DON’T want at 5:
    – At 20 years old, Darnold is simply too young for this veteran Broncos team. Despite raw ability, he would need a time to mature and develop instincts and leadership ability. Too early to place a franchise on his shoulders. He may end up being the ultimate best of this year’s crop, but not next year. No more projects @ QB.

    – Absolutely NO on Barkley at #5. Possibly later if we trade down, but not that high. Not confident this coaching staff could utilize him properly to justify picking him that high, they haven’t even figured out how to use Booker yet after Booker’s eye-popping college highlights. Barkley’s not a run between the tackles player. Plus, Barkley has too much history of feast/famine in college, not the generational talent some are making him out to be. No doubt he would help the O next year, but with a host of other strong RB options later in the draft not worth the marginal value @ 5.

    • cjfarls

      Both these are very reasonable positions.
      I can easily make the counter-argument if Darnold/Barkley are available at #5 (particularly Darnold – taking him at 5 and letting him learn behind CK for a year or 2 seems kinda ideal), but I can totally get your arguments.

  • Laces Out

    Avs playin some beautiful hockey at the moment

  • gobroncos

    I chose:

    1. Rosen
    2. Mayfield
    3. Chubb
    4. Ward
    5. Nelson with a trade back to get Nelson ok with me.

    Not sure about picking a QB. I waver back and forth. Part of me says we’ll not draft this high for a while and getting a QB of the future now is our best bet long term. But then I think what if Keenum excels and we decide to extend him and build around him? At this point, I’m just not confident in that scenario. I could say I’m not confident that any of the QB’s in this draft will turn into a Franchise QB and top 5 for the next 10 years either.

    I’d be happy with just about any of these guys at 5, as long as it’s not Allen. I’d be happy trading back and getting one of these guys or trading back and getting one of the top LB’s and one of the top RT’s. Or trading back and getting Vea and an OT or Hernandez. There’re so many options that I’d be happy with, that I feel like it would be hard to fuck this up, but I am very fearful that the Broncos will find a way to fuck this up. I just hope another team minimizes that by taking Allen before we have a chance to.