Broncos should still draft QB

Edwin  - CEO January 1, 2024
Updated 2024/01/01 at 9:29 PM
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Jarrett Stidham
Jarrett Stidham

Despite a decent outing from Jarrett Stidham

Broncos should still draft QB

Denver Broncos quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Denver backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham had a decent outing in Sunday’s victory against the Los Angeles Chargers. However, the Broncos should still look elsewhere for a Russell Wilson replacement, Clark Dalton reports for Yardbarker.


In the 16-9 win, Stidham — the 133rd overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft — completed 20 out of 32 passes for 224 yards, one touchdown, and an above-average 93.8 passer rating. In his post-game news conference, head coach Sean Payton said he “did great.” Others expected more.



Finding an answer at the most important position in free agency isn’t a viable plan. Spotrac estimates the Broncos will be $18.92M over the cap this off-season. Releasing Wilson with a Post-Jun. 1 designation will result in a $35.4M cap hit.


Taking a QB in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft makes more sense. It’s a deep class that includes Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., Oregon’s Bo Nix, Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy and LSU’s Jayden Daniels. Per Tankathon, Denver (8-8) will have the 14th overall pick in the draft, which is within range to select one of these prospects.


The Broncos should hold onto Stidham as a stop-gap QB but also select a highly touted prospect who can eventually become the face of the franchise and snap an eight-year playoff drought.


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