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 in terms of strength and weakness at each position. Where could the Denver Broncos find value?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕NFL DraftDenver Broncos NewsBroncos Draft 2019Where is the 2019 Draft Class Weak? Where is it Strong?New Justin Hollins Jersey 2019 ,17commentsBreaking down the 2019 NFL Draft class in terms of strength and weakness at each position. Where could the Denver Broncos find value? Where is the 2019 Draft Class Weak? Where is it Strong?After the Devins there is a significant gap in LB talent. Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsWe’re kind of reaching the home stretch gang. Hard to believe that it’s only been 84 years 4 months since Denver lost their last game of the season to the Chargers, right?As I studied tape since, I found it hard not to notice where this draft seems to offer little in the way of Denver’s needs. Routinely it would show up in the many mock drafts I played with. One of the hardest parts that comes with mock drafting is riding the board to make sure you don’t miss out on addressing a position of need. No class is created equal. Sometimes there aren’t enough linebackers, sometimes there’s an overabundance of wide receivers. In situations such as that it makes more sense to grab a linebacker high and take advantage of the depth at receiver. Sounds easy ‘til you’re deciding to pass on N’Keal Harry because of Devin Bush is staring you in the face.10 Things I think I think about this class. It’s said so often it seems like a cliche, but this draft has a real sweet spot between 20 and 80. I discovered this first hand during a live mock I participated in a few weeks ago (you can check it out here). One reason for this is that there’s only 5 or 6 true top 10 blue chip prospects coming out. From there it falls into a clump of 10-15 similarly talented players. Then another group. The QB class is bad. I mentioned this in my QB big board post (check it out here). I still think Elway’s Locked in (it just seems convenient that all the rumors have turned to Denver being out on a QB a week out after months of smoke that they were in.) but sure hope not. 3. The linebacker class isn’t going to wow you, which is one reason the Devin’s look like they’ll both go in the top 20. Mack Wilson and Blake Cashman could be decent starters this year in the right scheme. After that it gets dicey. Bobby Okereke and Germaine Pratt both show really good things, but also have noticeable issues that they’ll probably need time to iron out. I like Ben Burr-Kirven as a sleeper, and think he could contribute in the nickel day 1. But most of the rest of these guys are developmental scheme fits, low ceiling stop gaps, or special teamers.4. I’m not sure if this edge class is as deep for Denver’s needs as you’d think. There’s a few guys who really intrigue like Maxx Crosby and D’Andre Walker. After that there’s some pass rush guys who can’t play in space, or jack of all trades that won’t really offer as much pass rush oomph as you’d hope for in the Fangio 3-4.5. This receiver class is an “eye of the beholder” group. No one can agree on a ,1# or ,1# or ,3# etc. There’s a decent chance Elway can get his top guy at 41 if he so chooses. Don’t be surprised if the Broncos take a receiver higher than the perceived need. Emmanuel Sanders is playing out his last year in Denver and it seems the coaching staff sees DaeSean Hamilton as a slot guy. There is a need for a long term Z.6. The Defensive tackle class is completely insane at the top. Quinnen Williams, Ed Oliver, Jeffrey Simmons and Jerry Tillery are all true “planet theory” guys. All of them would be DT1 in most classes. Even farther down the board you got Zach Allen, Dre’Mont Jones, and Renell Wren who could provide huge impact in time. Then there’s the Nose Tackles. If the Broncos want to grab a true nose they’ll have ample opportunities.7. There’s a couple developmental tackles that should really intrigue Munch. Tytus Howard is getting all of the pub on Draft Twitter, but Yosuah Nijman and Trey Pipkins both look like they could turn into stalwart edge protectors with some time and love.8. This corner class isn’t bad for what Denver needs, but if Fangio wants a Day 1 contributor or decent Year 2 starter Elway will need to strike early. Beyond the big names is mostly high upside gambles or low upside stopgaps.9. This safety class is sneaky good, especially for the Broncos new D. After Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, any one of the Savage, Thornhill Dennis Smith Jersey , Hooker trio could turn into stars in the new system. 10. Tight end is deep Dennis Smith Jersey , but wait too long and it’ll get stuck behind Butt.I don’t agree with everything The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs says, but his Horizontal Board does a beautiful job of giving you an idea of the opportunity cost Elway will face Thursday night. Your Broncos LinksWill John Elway select his quarterback of the future in the 2019 NFL Draft? - Mile High ReportIs this the draft he swings again?QB salaries are ridiculous: an historical look at QB ROI - Mile High ReportOne reason why the bar is insanely low for what constitutes a franchise QB? Even average ones are wins for the cap ledger.2019 NFL Draft: Scouting Ohio State quarterback, Dwayne Haskins - Mile High ReportNFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah says not to sleep on tight end T.J. Hockenson being the Broncos pick at 10th overall - Mile High ReportDoes Von Miller have a draft preference for the Broncos - Mile High ReportReport: Growing sense is that the Broncos would like to trade back from 10th overall - Mile High ReportEvaluations: NFL Draft CB Rankings - Fantasy ColumnsNFL Mock Draft: Kyler Murray No. 1, no other QBs go Top 10 | SI.comFMIA Mock Draft: Four Trades, Four QBs and the 2019 No. 1 Pick Will Be… – ProFootballTalkThe most impactful draft-day trade for all 32 NFL teamsIf the Broncos do hold at No. 10 in the NFL Draft, their pick should come from this list | 9news.comNFL Links15 prospects with best tools in NFL draft class include Kyler Murray for most accurate armTakeaways from Raiders GM Mike Mayock’s recent draft rankings - NFL.comNFL Draft Injury Impact | Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State | Cover 1Jets most likely won’t be able to trade down until on the clock – ProFootballTalkWill Giants pass on a QB at 6 and take one at 17? – ProFootballTalkFrank Clark trade talk continues – ProFootballTalkChiefs may be a team to watch for Frank Clark trade – ProFootballTalkZac Taylor never surprised by quarterbacks going early in draft – ProFootballTalkDrafting Patrick Mahomes - How the Chiefs outmaneuvered the NFLNFL draft: Ranking every quarterback class of this millennium - NFL.comDonovan McNabb: Eagles should draft another QB - NFL.comCardinals to hold final meeting discussing No. 1 pick - NFL.comDevin White, Drew Lock are Giants’ most likely picks in first round - New York Giants Blog- ESPNWhy the Giants should draft Dwayne Haskins as Eli Manning’s successorLeonard Williams faces uncertain future as Jets mull defensive-line pick - New York Jets Blog- ESPNGil Brandt: Duke Daniel Jones and Peyton Manning are ‘the same guy’ICYMI- Brandt enjoyed his holiday weekend. The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs released their first injury report of the week ahead of their big divisional matchup this Sunday. For the Broncos, despite having a mini-bye week, they enter this contest rather banged up as multiple key players sat out today’s practice.The players who sat out today’s practice for the Broncos are guard Nico Falah(Concussion), running back Royce Freeman(ankle) Karl Mecklenburg Jersey , wide receiver DaeSean Hamtilon(knee), linebacker Shane Ray(ankle/wrist), safety Darian Stewart(neck), and tackle Jared Veldheer(knee). The key name here is rookie running back Royce Freeman. He looks doubtful for Sunday’s game vs. the Chiefs. This would be a big loss to the Broncos offense and a big gain for the Chiefs defense. If you remember, they couldn’t tackle Freeman before the Broncos decided to stop giving him the ball. If Freeman is unable to go, look for Devontae Booker to get reps in his place. There is some good news on the injury front. Veteran cornerback Adam Jones put in a full practice and looks good to go for Sunday’s game. With the electric Patrick Mahomes led offense awaiting the Broncos, having a healthy Jones is a plus.As for the Chiefs, safety Eric Berry, linebacker Justin Houston, and center Mitch Morse sat out practice today. The status of Houston and Morse will be something to watch throughout the week.Here is your entire Wednesday injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs Denver Broncos injury reportPlayerPos.InjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame StatusPlayerPos.InjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame StatusBOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR颅- Indicates not injury relatedSTATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to playKansas City Chiefs injury reportPlayerPos.InjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame StatusPlayerPos.InjuryWednesdayThursdayFridayGame StatusBOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR颅- Indicates not injury relatedSTATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play