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Breaking Dane Brugler’s 7-round NFL mock draft

Earlier this week, The Athletics‘s Dane Brugler released a seven-round mock draft predicting all 257 picks in the 2024 NFL draft, including eight picks for the Denver Broncos.

Brugler has the Broncos adding two offensive linemen, a tight end, a cornerback, a wide receiver, a defensive lineman, a linebacker and a quarterback. Yes, the QB dilemma has been solved.

After taking a top tackle prospect at No. 12, Brugler has Denver selecting South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler when they go back on the clock in the third round with pick No. 76.

Caleb Williams (No. 1), Jayden Daniels (No. 2), Drake Maye (No. 3), JJ McCarthy (No. 4) immediately leave the board and the Broncos decide to pass on Michael Penix (No. 29) . ) and Bo Nix (no. 52). Rattler is the seventh QB off the board, following Michael Pratt (No. 107).

You can see all of Brugler’s picks for Denver below with our reactions, and you can watch the full seven-round mock draft at The Athletics.

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Brugler correctly notes that Garett Bolles will become a free agent next year, but he suggested Fuaga could compete for a guard spot in 2024 before taking over the left tackle job in 2025. That seems unlikely because Ben Powers has a top player. 18 salary among guards and Quinn Meinerz is among the best interior offensive linemen in the NFL. Fuaga could make sense for Denver as a replacement for Bolles, but the Broncos don’t need help at guard.

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Maybe not the flashy quarterback move some Broncos fans are hoping for, but it would be a viable option. Instead of trading future picks for a QB or reaching for Bo Nix or Michael Penix at No. 12, Denver is patient and waits for Rattler to fall in the third round. Rattler feels like a realistic pick for the Broncos at No. 76.

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Greg Dulcich is currently healthy, but the Broncos can’t count on him being available all season. Stover racked up 77 receptions for 982 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Buckeyes and would be a meaningful target for Denver in the mid-round.

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Even if Riley Moss has a breakout season, the Broncos will need more depth at cornerback. Richardson broke up seven passes and recorded a sack with the Bulldogs last fall.

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Wilson had 102 receptions for 1,757 yards and eight touchdowns, splitting time between Arizona State (2020-2021) and Florida State (2022-2023) in college. He would be a solid addition to Denver’s wide receiver room.

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The Broncos have a solid starting three on the defensive line, but they definitely need more depth. Lovett had 12 total tackles behind the line and five sacks in 36 games with the Seminoles.

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Monk, a two-time captain, played tackle, guard and center at Duke. He is a versatile lineman who could provide depth at several spots on Denver’s offensive line.

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Jacobs, a three-year starter at PSU, would give the Broncos more depth at inside linebacker while making an immediate impact on special teams. He is an ideal sixth-round target.