The Denver Broncos need a new quarterback. If they opt to not sign a free agent such as Kirk Cousins, Tyrod Taylor or Case Keenum, the team will likely select a quarterback early in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Here are six quarterback prospects that Denver should consider:
1. Josh Rosen, UCLA
Rosen (6-4, 218 pounds) is arguably the best quarterback in this year's draft, but he will likely go off the board at No. 1 or No. 2 overall. The Broncos may consider trading up for him, but it seems unlikely that Rosen will end up in Denver.
2. Sam Darnold, USC
Darnold (6-4, 220 pounds) is in a similar situation to Rosen. He's one of the top prospects in the draft and will likely be off the board within the top two selections. He probably doesn't have as much upside as Rosen, but Darnold is a name to know entering NFL draft season.
3. Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Mayfield (6-1, 220 pounds) is considered a favorite among many Broncos fans, but he's much shorter than quarterbacks general manager John Elway has targeted in the past. If they're counting performance above measurables, though, Mayfield should be considered a top prospect.
4. Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Jackson (6-3, 212 pounds) is one of the best athletes in this year's draft, but some draft pundits project him as a wide receiver in the NFL. If Denver views Jackson as a quarterback, it should consider building its offense around his mobility.
5. Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Rudolph (6-5, 230 pounds) is seemingly considered a borderline first-round talent, so the Broncos shouldn't consider him at fifth overall. But if Denver adds a veteran through free agency and wants to draft a quarterback to develop, Rudolph will be among their options.
6. Josh Allen, Wyoming
Allen (6-5, 240 pounds) threw three touchdown passes in his final bowl game with Elway watching from the sidelines. Allen had a big year in 2016, but his numbers took a big drop in 2017, and he probably shouldn't be considered at fifth overall, but ESPN believes he will be.
The 2018 NFL draft will be held in Arlington, Texas from April 27–29.