On Thursday, April 28th, the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft will be taking place. Due to the acquisition of superstar QB Russell Wilson, Broncos faithful can spend the first day of the Draft relaxing, knowing the biggest need of the last half decade has been filled. They can even take the George Paton approach, and spend the evening watching Wilson highlights.
Every year in the draft comes assurances from Draft Experts that a hundred or so players are all sure-fire first round picks with no chance of making it into round two. However, with only 32 first round selections, differing front office philosophies, and wide ranges of rankings for every player between teams, some players are simply going to fall.
For teams like Denver, who are in a win-now mindset with a roster possessing few immediate needs, this works out perfectly, as they can wait and watch as first round graded players are passed over by teams searching for higher perceived “ceilings”, youth, and players at premier positions.
Denver doesn’t make a selection until pick 64, the final selection of round two, but with nine picks at their disposal, and a few young players who may be better served elsewhere due to the shift in scheme, don’t be surprised if George Paton makes a move to jump into the early half of round two. Last year, we saw him package pick forty and a 4th rounder to move up five selections to select the RB1 on Denver’s board, Javonte Williams. A similar move could be in the works for this year depending upon who slips.
But what players should Broncos Country keep an eye on to see if they slide into the mid-forties? Below I have my five favorite prospects that have either lost some steam throughout the draft process on their first round buzz, or players who haven’t rightfully gotten the buzz they deserve.