May 19, 2024

The Denver Broncos, amidst speculation about their draft strategy and the potential replacement for Russell Wilson, might not need to trade up for a new quarterback, according to a recent mock draft by ESPN’s Matt Miller. In this scenario, the Broncos stay put and select Oregon’s Bo Nix with the 12th overall pick. Miller highlights Nix’s impressive showing at the Senior Bowl and praises his accuracy (leading the nation with a 77.4% completion rate) and mobility, suggesting he would fit well with coach Sean Payton’s scheme.

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Interestingly, Miller has the Broncos opting for Nix over J.J. McCarthy, who led Michigan to a national championship last season. While Miller previously did not project Nix in the first round in his December mock draft, he now sees him as a more pro-ready option. Nix’s strong performance during the Senior Bowl and the endorsement from team scouts seem to have elevated his draft stock.

Nix, a fifth-year senior, had a standout season with 4,508 passing yards, 45 touchdowns, and three interceptions. He led the Oregon Ducks to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Liberty, surpassing his touchdown count from three seasons at Auburn, where he started his collegiate career.

Despite the ongoing speculation surrounding Russell Wilson’s future with the Broncos, with reports suggesting a potential release, nothing has been confirmed regarding his return in 2024. Wilson is under contract for five more years with a hefty $242.6 million deal, extending through his age 40 season. The Broncos, facing a significant salary cap challenge, are currently $25.7 million over the cap, and releasing Wilson would incur an $85 million dead cap hit.

While Wilson’s future remains uncertain, Miller notes that a release is the “expected” outcome. Wilson had a mixed performance during the season, contributing to both a five-game winning streak and struggles during the team’s 0-3 start. Reports of friction with coach Sean Payton led to Wilson being benched for the last two games of the season.

The overall uncertainty surrounding Wilson’s situation adds intrigue to one of the offseason’s most compelling storylines, with the Broncos potentially aiming for a smooth transition if they decide to move on from the veteran quarterback. Analysts suggest that coach Sean Payton might face pressure to make the right decision at the quarterback position in the aftermath of a potential separation from Wilson during this offseason.

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