By Marc Lawrence – Safe to say the Denver Broncos mission in the 2020 NFL draft was to give QB Drew Lock no excuses to fail. Pro Football Focus went so far as to say the fact that Denver didn’t have to give up additional draft capital and trade up to land Jerry Jeudy is astounding. The former Alabama wide receiver had a consensus rank of No. 8 and ranked fifth on PFF’s big board. He’s a special separator in this class with great YAC ability. “Jeudy is the best route-runner I’ve seen in college football in a while — at least since Amari Cooper,” said PFF’s lead talent analyst. He’ll be the prefect compliment for Courtland Sutton, who had a breakout season last year when he accounted for 33% of the Broncos’ receiving yards … In addition, Denver realizes that speed kills and immediately went after Penn State WR KJ Hamler who has a ton of it. He is exactly where the NFL is headed at the receiver position. Separation is king, and it’s damn near impossible to stick with Hamler. He’s more deployable weapon than true receiver, but there’s room for that in modern offenses. He ranked 11th among receivers and 41st overall on PFF’s Big Board. A dynamic addition to an offense that is trending upward … Of concern was the selection of LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry in Round Three. His agility grade fell from 77.1 in 2018 to 61.1 in 2019. He ranked just 118th on PFF’s big board. That grade drop from 2018 to 2019 is head-scratching … For more on the Broncos draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
Among the NFL props released by the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas was whether teams would or would not make the playoffs this 2020 season. The Kansas City Chiefs lead the way at Yes: -1000. The Cincinnati Bengals are on the opposite side of the spectrum at No: -800. The Cleveland Browns are the league’s top coin flip at Yes: -120; No: -140.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: It’s difficult asking a team like Central Florida, who won 10 games last season, to show marked improvement but the fact of the matter is they are paying the assistant coaches a jaw-dropping total of $3.5 million per season. They were also the only FBS team last year that improved their stats on both sides on the ball despite regressing straight up and against the spread. Remember that.