As the race to to the NFL Playoff picture heats up, it's never too early to start thinking about the future.
At 7-6 in the tough AFC West, the Denver Broncos' playoff hopes are slipping after a rocky season marred by bad quarterback play. That's exactly why Broncos fans will love them selecting a replacement for Teddy Bridgewater in NFL insider Todd McShay's first 2022 NFL mock draft.
Broncos Mock Draft
McShay projects Denver to select quarterback Malik Willis of the Liberty Flames with the No. 17 overall pick.
Willis has thrown for 4,876 yards and 45 touchdowns since joining the Flames in 2020, with a somewhat concerning 18 interceptions as well. But Willis isn't a guy anyone will be drafting as a pure pro-ready passer — his upside and athleticism is what could make him a first-round pick. He ran the ball for over 800 yards and scored 11-plus rushing touchdowns in both years at Liberty.
Bridgewater was thought to be a potential answer to a team that features a tout defense and a rising star running back in Javonte Williams. But, Bridgewater is playing at a career-low 48.7 QBR and has struggled to get playmakers Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton involved an offense that ranks in the bottom-half in passing yards per game (221.9).
Denver was very much involved in the Aaron Rodgers rumors, but if they cannot land Green Bay's superstar QB this offseason, Willis is a great second option. Willis is of the same style as divisional foe QBs Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert: a strong arm with an ability to extend plays and make things happen off script.
Currently, the Broncos hold -440 odds to miss the postseason on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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