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3 Most Likely Broncos Draft Targets With the 9th Overall Pick

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Denver Broncos with the No. 9 overall pick.
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Denver Broncos with the No. 9 overall pick. / Richard Rodriguez/GettyImages

The Denver Broncos made headlines by firing head coach Vic Fangio on Sunday morning before the NFL regular season even ended. It is clear that this teams wants to improve after missing out on the playoffs for the sixth straight season. Denver heads into the offseason with some decisions to make.

One way the Broncos can instantly better themselves for the future is by determining which draft prospect best fits their team. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely draft targets for Denver with the No. 9 overall pick.

Denver Broncos NFL Draft

1. Nakobe Dean, LB (Georgia)

Nakobe Dean
Nakobe Dean has the skillset to be an immediate starter for Denver. / Todd Kirkland/GettyImages

The trade of defensive end Von Miller during the season has left this Denver defense without a true high-energy playmaker to build off. That's why Nakobe Dean is likely a top target for the Broncos. Dean has been the leader of a Georgia defense that has allowed just 9.8 points per game this season (No. 1 in CFB). The junior linebacker racked up 68 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles across 14 games played. Dean's elite speed has been on display all year long as he regularly goes sideline to sideline in order to make a tackle. He can play all three downs and would fit in well alongside Micah Kiser in the heart of this defense.

2. Devin Lloyd, Linebacker (Utah)

Devin Lloyd, Francis Bernard
Devin Lloyd's versatility would bring a spark to this Denver defense. / Chris Gardner/GettyImages

Another name that sticks out when looking at the linebacker position is Utah's Devin Lloyd. The star Ute has been unstoppable this season, posting 111 tackles (22.0 for loss), 7.0 sacks and 4 interceptions. His uncanny ability to diagnose plays and read the quarterback's eyes should allow him to make an immediate impact at the next level. Lloyd's versatility would allow defensive coordinator Ed Donatell to move him around wherever he is needed. That would take a defense that only allowed 326.1 yards per game (No. 8 in NFL) to a whole other level. Lloyd could be the missing piece.

3. Matt Corral, QB (Ole Miss)

Matt Corral
Matt Corrall comes with a ton of upside as a developmental QB. / Sean Gardner/GettyImages

You simply cannot avoid looking at the Broncos as a quarterback-needy team heading into the offseason. Starter Teddy Bridgewater is set to enter free agency and Drew Lock has failed to show any signs of being an NFL-caliber QB. Denver could easily take advantage of having a top 10 pick and draft Matt Corral out of Ole Miss. Corral's accuracy has rivaled that of any QB in the country during his time in college given he has completed 67.3% of his pass attempts overall. Yes, Corral suffered a nasty knee injury during the Sugar Bowl a few weeks ago, but it shouldn't deter any NFL teams from taking a chance on him. He has enough rushing upside to become a legitimate dual-threat signal-caller.

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