This is the only trade that I’m projecting in this mock draft, and it’s one that I think could make sense. The Broncos really need to add a young quarterback at some point and while this draft is weaker, John Elway may feel the need to grab someone to compete with Case Keenum.
While the Broncos could wait until the 10th pick to select a player, Elway may be worried about all of the top talent coming off the board or other teams leapfrogging the Broncos at that spot. So, he can take control of his own destiny by moving up to the No. 5 pick. This would be sensible, as the Bucs can move down and still have a shot at the players they want while the Broncos can get their quarterback of choice.
If the Broncos move up, I have to imagine that they will target Drew Lock. Multiple reports have linked Lock to the Broncos, and Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post is reporting that Elway is “smitten with” Lock. That would seemingly make the Missouri quarterback the team’s top target.
Lock has one of the better arms in the 2019 NFL Draft, and he will certainly have a chance to be a gunslinger at the NFL level. He will have to work on his accuracy as he can be a bit too hot with his throws, but he has the leadership skills and drive needed to be a solid contributor at the NFL level. He was probably the best quarterback at the Senior Bowl, so that should help him continue to rise — especially if he has great interviews once again at the NFL Combine.
With Lock and Keenum on the squad, the Broncos would at least have depth and some upside for the future. They’re not too far away from challenging for a Wild Card spot, so landing a starting quarterback candidate makes sense. And given Elway’s interest in Lock, it seems that he might be reluctant to stay put and wait for him to fall into his lap.