The NFL decided the Broncos aren’t ready for prime time. But the NFL also gave the Broncos and head coach Vic Fangio a massive gift.
Even without a blockbuster trade of acquiring Aaron Rodgers, George Paton has made his first offseason as Broncos' GM about giving his defensive-minded head coach resource after resource in order to succeed in 2021.
Another Broncos QB competition is set for training camp:
Drew Lock vs Teddy Bridgewater.
That is, unless George Paton finds an upgrade to the position. And just like he does with every position, he’ll be looking.
George Paton isn't just trusting his talent evaluators with his high-upside picks. He's trusting the entire Broncos organization to tap into the immense talent that he's bringing to Denver in 2021.
Javonte Williams will share the backfield again in 2021. But if the gifted, special and physical runner turns into one of the NFL's best backs, as Paton hopes, it will be difficult to take him off the field in 2022 and beyond.
“We still got the two players we wanted — which is rare when you move back that far,” Broncos GM George Paton said.
In 2017, Javonte Williams' football career was one year away from ending as a high school linebacker.
On Friday night, he became the 35th player selected in the NFL Draft. As a running back.
With his eyes set on being one of best CBs in the NFL, Patrick Surtain II has all of the tools needed to do just that.
And he has the extra advantage of learning from some of the game's all-time best throughout the past 17 years of his life.
To the surprise of the Broncos, Justin Fields was there at No. 9.
But the star quarterback wasn't on Denver's draft card.
Instead, it was cornerback Patrick Surtain II out of Alabama.
George Paton explained why.
Will Paton go big with a massive investment at quarterback or will he give another piece to Vic Fangio and the defense?
Before it becomes official on Thursday night, the DNVR Broncos Crew gives their final stab at who Denver's first-round pick will be.
George Paton is off and running as the Broncos' new GM.
All in all, Paton and the Broncos dropped over $150 million in contracts in the first few weeks of the NFL's new league year.
But what's been the best move of the offseason so far?
Will George Paton take a similar approach to using high picks on outside linebackers much like John Elway did?
Garett Bolles, Graham Glasgow and Ja'Wuan James are all among the highest-paid players in the NFL at their respective positions, while Dalton Risner and Lloyd Cushenberry were both Day 2 picks.
But that doesn't mean George Paton will stay put with Denver's offensive line as it's currently constructed, especially with major questions at right tackle.
On Thursday, one week before the draft kicks off, George Paton spoke to the media about the upcoming draft and the state of the team. Here's what we learned from the first-time general manager.
Five quarterbacks will be drafted in the first round. Heck, five quarterbacks could go in the first five picks. But when it comes to the Broncos potentially drafting a quarterback in the first round, it boils down to two names.
Before free agency, Surtain, Farley and Horn were the heavy favorites to be Denver's first pick in the draft.
After signing Darby and Fuller, Round 1 CB is no longer the leader in the clubhouse.
But don’t completely rule it out.
For a third-straight year, the Broncos and Vic Fangio will have arguably the best safety duo in the league.
But that doesn't mean George Paton won't address the position in the draft. Here's when they could target safety.
Even after moving on from Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay, the Broncos don't have to draft a running back this year. But they could also make a major splash for years to come. Everything is on the table.