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Denver Broncos select Deandre Baker

ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his first 2019 NFL draft this week and he has the Denver Broncos selecting Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker with the tenth overall pick in the first round (subscription required for link).

Here is Kiper’s explanation for the Baker selection:

Former first-round pick Bradley Roby is a free agent, and Chris Harris Jr., who broke his leg in December, turns 30 over the summer. Cornerback is the No. 1 need for the Broncos. Baker isn’t far behind Greedy Williams as the top corner in this class. General manager John Elway hit on his 2018 draft class, and he needs another good one to get the team back on track under new coach Vic Fangio.

Baker (5-11, 185 pounds) recorded 116 tackles and totaled seven interceptions during his four years with the Bulldogs. He also recorded one sack, recovered one fumble and forced two fumbles.

While it is true that Denver needs more help at cornerback, it’s interesting that Kiper has the team passing on a quarterback. Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins is the first QB off the board in Kiper’s mock, going sixth overall to the New York Giants.

Kiper has just two other QBs selected in the first round: Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray to the Miami Dolphins (No. 13) and Duke’s Daniel Jones to the New England Patriots (No. 29). If Kiper’s prediction is accurate, Missouri’s Drew Lock and West Virginia’s Will Grier will fall out of the first round in April.

Quarterback talk aside, though, Baker would likely be a good selection for the Broncos. Denver could use another talented defensive back to play across from Harris and Baker is one of the top prospects in this year’s class.

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