Elway’s Excellent Draft Will Support Drew Lock
Drew Lock is in line for a big year this year for the Denver Broncos. They have done a great job of surrounding their young quarterback with an arsenal of young weapons. Last year in five starts, Lock threw seven touchdowns and only three interceptions. Maybe the most compelling stat is that in those five starts, the Denver Broncos was 4-1 with their rookie quarterback. That experience and momentum will carry into 2020.
John Elway may have had one of the best drafts of any executive in the first round, they took Jerry Jeudy who was arguably the most polished receiver coming out of the draft. In the second round, they double down on improving the offense and added Speedster KJ Hamler out of Penn State.
In the third round, they beefed up their offensive line and added center Lloyd Cushenberry. Some analysts believe Cushenberry could have been a first round pick. Then, they added Albert Okweugbunam, who blew up the combine with his blazing 4.49 40-yard time. This pick was the one that we know Drew Lock was excited about as both he and Okweugbunam were college teammates and a successful duo.
Old or Young, New or Veteran, Players That Will Step Up
Now, if that impressive draft class was not enough in free agency John Elway also added Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon from the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers to the Broncos backfield. Denver already had a decent backfield with Royce Freeman and Pro Bowler Phillip Lindsay. Adding Melvin Gordon to the mix now gives this offense multiple weapons at each skill position on offense. Gordon will also be helpful in the passing game in his career he has averaged around 3.5 catches per game.
Last year, Courtland Sutton took a huge step in becoming a true number one option and requiring defenses to lock-in on him. In 2019, John Elway drafted Noah Fant in the first round. The athletic tight end showed some flashes of becoming a difference-maker. These two will be aided by the additions of Jeudy, Hamler, and Okweugbunam which will make it difficult for teams to double team Sutton without getting burned by another weapon.
Bet The Over
Now with all of that being said, I will hammer, and I mean hammer, the over for Drew Lock’s passing touchdowns total set at 21.5. I will also hammer his regular-season passing yards on the over which is set at 3375.5. The Broncos have a lot of young horses in their stable and will be a treat to watch in 2020.