Drew Lock Jersey

The Denver Broncos 2019 NFL Draft class has been overwhelmingly seen as successful with most NFL Draft grades coming in with the higher of marks. The way John Elway was able to navigate the franchise to pick up starters with the first two picks was impressive, but it was his trade up in the second round to select quarterback Drew Lock that made the most headlines.

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According to Todd McShay of ESPN, the Broncos trade up in the second round to get Lock was the best value pick of the draft for Denver.

I really like the Broncos’ strategy over the first two days of the draft. First, they moved back Thursday and selected a talented tight end in Noah Fant (Iowa) while also adding two extra picks. That trade set them up to take Lock on Friday night as a serious value. He has the best arm in the class and comes with great mobility. Frankly, I’m really shocked he fell out of the first round.

His tape was up and down at Mizzou, but let’s be honest, Lock didn’t have much to work with there. And in the three-plus seasons that he started for the Tigers, he went through three coordinators and was frequently at a disadvantage in terms of offensive assets and opposing defensive prowess. There’s no need to throw him to the fire in Denver just yet with Joe Flacco in town, so he can learn how to be an NFL quarterback before bringing his athleticism to Mile High. And because Lock was actually the team’s third pick of the draft, rather than a first-rounder anointed the QB of the future, the pressure is off Flacco a bit. Denver did a nice job maneuvering this entire situation. Lock could be really special if developed properly.

I agree every step of the way with McShay here. If Denver had selected Lock with the 10th overall pick then the rug would have been pulled out from under Joe Flacco and the team wouldn’t have had much to work with in terms of additional talent out of this draft.

Instead, they picked up an extra second round pick and ended up getting two likely starters in Noah Fant and Dalton Risner before they made the move to get Drew Lock.

If Lock pans out and becomes the Broncos starter quarterback for a decade, then we’ll see this value pick come to its full fruition. Even so, if Lock ends up going the Paxton Lynch route then the Broncos really didn’t sacrifice much taking the chance where they did in this draft.

All in all it was a good weekend for Broncos fans.

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Wiggins grad Dalton Risner selected by the Broncos in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Dalton Risner, a 2014 graduate of Wiggins, was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the hometown Denver Broncos on Friday night.

Risner, an offensive lineman who became an All-American at Kansas State, was selected with the ninth pick in the second round, with the No. 41 overall pick.

He is the first former Colorado high school football player to be selected in this year’s NFL Draft, and also the first-ever product of Wiggins to ever be drafted.

This marks the second consecutive year that the Broncos have drafted a local player, having selected ThunderRidge grad Sam Jones last season.

Find a complete list of former Colorado players to be drafted throughout history in our database. This is the third year in a row a Colorado product has been selected. The longest streak is 18 straight years from 1982-2000.

At Kansas State, Risner redshirted his freshman season, then started 50 games over the next four years and was a three-year team captain.

Risner’s profile exploded during his senior season at Kansas State, where he was named a first-team All-American by CBS Sports, Sporting News, Pro Football Focus and ESPN.

He was also named the Big 12 offensive lineman of the year as a senior, and was a first-team All-Big 12 pick as a sophomore, junior and a senior — becoming the third offensive lineman in conference history to become a three-time selection.

At Wiggins, Risner was on varsity for three seasons, and played under his father, Mitcheal, who continues to be the school’s coach. As a sophomore, he helped lead the Tigers to the Class 1A championship game.

By the time he was a senior, Risner was named the 1A player of the year as part of the all-state teams.

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The Broncos arrived at the NFL draft needing a linebacker. They hired a defensive coach in Vic Fangio. A prospect, in Devin Bush, checked all the boxes. Plays fast, big hitter, and worked under Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Fangio’s boss at Stanford and San Francisco.

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Then something weird happened.

The Broncos traded out of 10 with Bush on the board. They had other plans. In the process, the Broncos acquired the 20th and 52nd overall picks and landed a player some are calling the sleeper of the first round. Iowa’s Noah Fant is, well, a fantastic fit for an offense that wants to feature a tight end.

“I thought about teams that I wanted, like Minnesota, but Denver was tops,” said Fant, aware of the history with tight ends like Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe and former Pro Bowler Julius Thomas. “It was emotional. For me, it was like the stars aligned because before the draft, Denver was one of my favorites. That doesn’t happen very often because you can’t control where you go in the draft. For that to happen for me, to be at an organization like this, to be with coaches like this and in a situation like this, it’s something that is very special.”

Fant represents an intriguing prospect. He caught 39 passes for seven touchdowns last season, modest numbers until you understand he was sharing the ball with T.J. Hockenson. It leaves the possibility Fant will be better in pro ball.

“You haven’t seen my best yet,” Fant said. “I am looking forward to getting in here and competing.”

Fant arrived at his press conference decked out in a dark suit, blue bow tie and orange pocket square. He packed orange during the draft trying to help create good vibes for the Broncos. While he looks sharp off the field, he is a walking mismatch on it. Part of that comes from his background. Encouraged by his father Willie, Fant played multiple sports, competing in football, basketball and track. Growing up, Fant figured he would play college basketball as a power forward for the likes of Boise State or South Dakota State.

“Then big-time football offers starting coming in,” Fant said, who, as an Omaha star, received push back for choosing Iowa, or “Tight End U” as he called it, over Nebraska.

He distinguished on the gridiron with his size — 6-foot-5, 241– and speed. John Elway and Fangio became impressed with his ability to get open on vertical routes. And Joe Flacco excels when has good tight ends. He will target Fant. And if this works, Fant would like to provide Broncos’ fans with a glimpse of what George Kittle, his mentor, has done in San Francisco.

“My goal is contribute and help us win games,” Fant said. “Having a Super Bowl quarterback like Joe Flacco is going to be fun.”