Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the offseason. Submit questions to Ryan here.
Why do fans always seem to believe that highly touted draft prospects are a better choice than proven veterans (especially at quarterback position)? Do they not learn from history? To remind everyone that Teddy Bridgewater is not such a bad deal, can you please type the names: Ryan Leaf, Jamarcus Russell, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Josh Rosen, Johnny Manziel (feel free to add a few more)?
— Alan, Belize
I don’t care about past quarterback history.
For every one of those busts, I mention Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton — solid top-10 picks. I have no problem with the Bridgewater trade and I would have really liked it if he would have served as a bridge to Justin Fields.
Among the quarterbacks Alan mentioned, Leaf (Chargers), Russell (Raiders) and Smith (Bengals) joined dysfunctional organizations. Couch was on an expansion team. Manziel was an off-the-field circus. And Rosen was a victim of a new coaching staff having the top overall pick (Kyler Murray).
I’ll compliment the Broncos: Their infrastructure would have been set up well for Fields. Should-be-very-good defense. Could-be-very-good rookie running back (Javonte Williams). Should-be good skill-position crew. And Bridgewater to hold down the fort until Fields is ready.
What was the point of the Broncos’ free agency period and signing all those defensive backs if they then decide to draft Pat Surtain II? The pick should have been Justin Fields. All day, every day.
— JD Daniels, Lone Tree
It was a conversation some of us in the Broncos’ media corps had late Thursday night when reviewing the first round. It seems like the Broncos were transfixed on Surtain starting in early February and they didn’t pivot off that even when they signed Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller.
But from the Broncos’ angle, they looked at Surtain as a decade-long, shut-down corner, and they know Fuller/Bryce Callahan are in the final year of their contracts.
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports
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