It seems the Denver Broncos are preparing to move on from Russell Wilson, meaning they should take a quarterback in the draft. However, some indicated they don’t have to do that.
The Broncos have the 12th overall pick, meaning top prospects like Southern Cal’s Caleb Williams and North Carolina’s Drake Maye will be off the board. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated suggested they could roll with Jarrett Stidham in 2024 if they don’t like another QB.
“[The Broncos] don’t necessarily have to do anything right now. Jarrett Stidham is under contract for next year,” wrote Breer. “Either way, they have a way to tread water for a year, and keep building the roster if they aren’t absolutely in love with a quarterback at 12.”
Stidham will enter the final year of a two-year, $10M deal next season and looked serviceable after he replaced Wilson, who was benched in Week 17. He went 1-1 as a starter, completing 60.6 percent of his passes for 496 yards, two TDs and one pick.
Denver’s inability to find an answer at the most important position is why it hasn’t made the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons. Since Hall of Famer Peyton Manning retired after winning Super Bowl 50, the Broncos have cycled through 13 starting QBs.
In his latest mock draft, CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso predicted Denver would select Oregon’s Bo Nix — a 2023 Heisman finalist — which seems like a decent choice. In 15 games, the 23-year-old threw 45 TDs and posted a 91.2 QBR, third in the FBS.
If the Broncos don’t love a prospect like Nix, they should attempt to trade up in the draft, selecting someone who can end the ineptitude.