Paxton Lynch is on his way to snowy Denver where he will begin preparations to become the Broncos’ opening day quarterback of 2017.
In the second or third rounds today, the Broncos will try to pick up an offensive lineman who can block for Lynch in that 2017 opener.
Unlike Thursday, when the Broncos traded up five spots – from No. 31 overall to No. 26 – to take Lynch, it will be difficult for Denver to move around the draft board Friday. Their lone two picks are the final two picks in the second and third rounds -- No. 63 and No. 98, which is a compensatory pick that cannot be traded.
The strategy changes a tad in the second and third rounds as teams don’t go necessarily for the best available player, but best player at positions of need.
An exception might be Myles Jack. If the UCLA linebacker falls to 63 because of knee concerns, it will be difficult for the Broncos to pass him up, even though the team is well stocked with linebackers who can rush the passer.
Otherwise, the Broncos figure to get two players tonight at one of these positions: offensive line, safety, defensive line and running back.
Here are the top available players at each of those positions:
Offensive line: Cody Whitehair, guard, Kansas State; Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana; Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame; Christian Westerman, guard, Arizona State; Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech; Joe Dahl, guard, Washington State; Vadal Alexander, guard, LSU.
Safety: Darian Thompson, Boise State; Von Bell, Ohio State; T.J. Green, Clemson; Justin Simmons, Boston College; Jeremy Cash, Duke; Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah.
Defensive line: Jarran Reed, Alabama; A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama; Andrew Billings, Baylor; Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky; Dean Lowry, Northwestern, Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State.
Running back: Devontae Booker, Utah; Derrick Henry; Alabama; Paul Perkins, UCLA; Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech; Kenyan Drake, Alabama; Jonathan Williams, Arkansas.