The NFL draft’s first round is in the books and the Broncos were spectators as expected after dealing the ninth overall pick to Seattle in the trade for quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Broncos currently have the 64th pick (last in the second round) on Friday night.
Here are the best available players remaining from a Broncos’ perspective:
Arnold Ebiketie, Edge, Penn State: Had 15 1/2 sacks in 36 games for Temple and Penn State. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds at his pro day.
Chad Muma, ILB, Wyoming: The native of Lone Tree (Legend High) was a third-team All-America selection last year after making 142 tackles. He averaged 11.3 tackles per game over his final two seasons.
Nakobe Dean, ILB, Georgia: Most of the Bulldogs’ defensive standouts were drafted Thursday night, but Dean was a first-team All-America last year and had 72 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions.
Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State: A native of Fort Morgan, McBride saw no tight ends selected in the first round and he should be the first off the board Friday. He caught 90 passes for 1,121 yards as a senior.
Troy Andersen, ILB, Montana State: A running back and quarterback early in his college career, he moved to linebacker in 2019. He had 147 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions as a senior.
Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor: The Broncos re-signed Kareem Jackson last week and like the potential of Caden Sterns. But Pitre had 70 tackles (14 for lost yardage) while playing a hybrid linebacker-safety spot for the Bears.
Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson: Booth started 15 of his 35 college games, but had five interceptions in 981 snaps. Cornerback may not be a second-round priority for the Broncos, but they do need to add depth.
David Ojabo, LB, Michigan: Ojabo tore his Achilles during his Pro Day workout, but if he is somehow available at 64, the Broncos should take him. He played only 20 games, but had 11 sacks and five forced fumbles.
Drake Jackson, Edge, USC: Projected throughout the offseason as a Day 2 prospect, Jackson had five sacks and 37 tackles in 11 games last year.
Nik Bonitto, Edge, Oklahoma: At third-team All-America last year, Bonitto had seven sacks and three fumble recoveries for the Sooners. He had 18 1/2 sacks in 39 career games.
Logan Hall, Edge, Houston: He’s listed as an edge, but weighed 278 pounds last year; Bradley Chubb is listed at 275. Hall had 99 tackles and eight sacks in 46 games.
Roger McCreary, BC, Auburn: McCreary can play outside and inside in coverage and intercepted six passes in 42 games.
Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan: A native of Austria who moved to the United States as a high school exchange student, he started his college career as a tight end. He was a two-year starter at left tackle.
Abe Lucas, OT, Washington State: Lucas started all 42 of his college games at right tackle and was first-team All-Pac 12 last year.