It’s mock draft season. With the first round due to begin in just 15 days, drafts are coming out in droves, providing their latest projections of what’s to come in Las Vegas.
While a lot of the mockups so far are pretty laughable, the current ones are starting to have some credibility. Now that teams have traded and gone through free agency, projecting their moves into the draft is starting to make sense. After all, everyone knows the real needs of their team.
So when Mel Kiper Jr. posted his latest simulation project on ESPN.com, it was worth checking out. His projections have some value.
For Broncos fans, there’s less intrigue than most years. After the Russell Wilson trade, Denver has no choice until No. 64, the final second-round selection. The draft will therefore continue on Friday before the Broncos are there.
What will they do with this selection? Well, if they go the way of Kiper’s projects, Broncos Country will love the pick.
ESPN’s draft guru calls on the Broncos to take Colorado State tight end Trey McBride. Here is his explanation of the choice:
McBride is more advanced as a wide receiver than Dulcich, which the Broncos need with new quarterback Russell Wilson. With Noah Fant in Seattle, there are targets available. McBride had 90 catches for 1,121 yards last season; he could stretch the seams in Denver.
Many believe McBride is the best tight end in the draft. Most have it as a first-round talent. So if he falls to the Broncos at No. 64, that would be a steal.
Add the local ties — McBride not only went to CSU, he grew up in Fort Morgan — and the need for the job, and it becomes a home pick. Denver would be ecstatic with the tight end falling to them at the end of the second round.
And Broncos Country would be happy too.