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Broncos’ quarterback options limited in 2019 NFL draft


If you’re a college quarterback wanting a better-than-deserved shot at the NFL, now is your chance.

If you’re an NFL team needing a franchise QB, good luck with that.

The 2019 draft class isn’t exactly popping with elite quarterback talent, which is bad news for the Broncos, who, 15 games into Case Keenum’s tenure as the starter, aren’t far from making us ask if Trevor Siemian is interested in coming back. After opting to not draft a quarterback last year (which turned out to be a good decision given Baker Mayfield was off the board at No. 1 and Bradley Chubb fell into the Broncos’ lap at No. 5), Denver could well be in the market for one on Day 1 come April 25.

Problem is, the already thin QB class lost even more heft Wednesday when Oregon’s Justin Herbert announced he’ll return to school next year. This news comes a week after Michigan’s Shea Patterson announced he’d do the same thing.

In that case, what options are there for QB-needy teams such as the Broncos?

Here’s a quick glance. Only the first three listed are considered first-round talent. North Carolina State’s Ryan Finley is also an option in later rounds.

Drew Lock, Missouri

  • Senior
  • 6-foot-4, 225 pounds
  • 2018 passing stats: 252 for 399, 3,125 yards, 25 touchdowns, 8 INT
  • Expert’s take: “He’s a lot like Jay Cutler — both the good and bad. Lock can throw the ball a mile but he has never met a coverage he couldn’t squeeze a pass into, and sometimes his decisions leave you wondering if he even had his eyes open on the play. But when he’s on … whew boy, it’s fun to watch.” — Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

  • Sophomore
  • 6-foot-3, 220 pounds
  • 2018 passing stats: 348 for 496, 4,580 yards, 47 touchdowns, 8 INT
  • Expert’s take: “Should he bolt for the NFL in a relatively weak quarterback class? For as much as I prefer experience for signal-caller prospects, it might not be a bad idea.” — Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports

Will Grier, West Virginia

  • Senior
  • 6-foot-2, 223 pounds
  • 2018 passing stats: 266 for 397, 3,864 yards, 37 touchdowns, 8 INT
  • Expert’s take: “Grier has his issues, but he has NFL-level accuracy that can be molded over time. His 75.9 adjusted completion percentage is 11th best in the country.” — Mike Renner, Pro Football Focus

Daniel Jones, Duke

  • Junior
  • 6-foot-5, 220 pounds
  • 2018 passing stats: 207 for 351, 2,251 yards, 17 touchdowns, 7 INT
  • Expert’s take: ” We like Daniel Jones a lot for all the little things he does to make the players around him better. But there are also warning signs that teams will have to evaluate to determine if he’s a worthy first-rounder. For starters, Jones completed just 59 percent of his throws this season … But there’s no denying that Jones has the potential to be a very good NFL quarterback. He’s sneaky athletic (Jones rushed for 186 yards against UNC) and surprisingly fast when he decides to run.” — Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

Brett Rypien, Boise State

  • Senior
  • 6-foot-2, 202 pounds
  • 2018 passing stats: 301 for 447, 3,705 yards, 30 touchdowns, 7 INT
  • Expert’s take: “He has more of a backup’s skill set for the NFL.” —

Matt L. Stephens, The Denver Post

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