Denver Broncos select Laiatu Latu at No. 12

In his first 2024 NFL mock draft, NFL Network’s Peter Schrager has the Denver Broncos selecting UCLA pass rusher Laiatu Latu with the 12th overall pick.

Schrager has quarterbacks Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye and JJ McCarthy coming off the board with the first four picks. With none of the top QBs available, the Broncos select Latu.

“Regarded by many as the best pure pass rusher in the draft, Latu could absolutely end up in Denver if the board falls this way,” Schrager wrote on “Obviously the Broncos would love to move up and get a top-four quarterback, but I just don’t think they have the ammunition to do that. They really should love Bo Nix or Michael Penix Jr. have to hold for either to finish at number 12 overall. (Like really, REALLY love.) So Latu is the prophecy here.

While many would argue the Broncos should draft a QB, moving on from defense isn’t a bad idea. Latu’s 13 sacks last season at UCLA proved he can fill the need to get to the quarterback. The Broncos’ defense regressed last season: their rush defense ranked 30th and their total defense was 29th. Using a first-round pick to retool the defense could help get back to 2022 levels if successful.

Nix gets picked at number 23, for what it’s worth, but Penix falls out of the first round in Schrager’s spot.

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