Many have said that the Denver Broncos did well in the 2020 NFL Draft — with some even believing them to have the most-solid draft selection in the entire league! Big-time weapons, like Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler, have been making the headlines and are hyping up the Mile High City. Now Drew Lock is finally ready to take a shot at winning the AFC West, or is he?
In my opinion, the Broncos brushed over their serious need of a tackle in the Draft. Granted, the top four tackles were taken before their first pick, but still, Denver has to address their own deficiency of a good left tackle.
Last season, Broncos left tackle Garrett Bolles was 8th in the league for total penalties. This could have been from his inability to block explosive edge rushers and his attempt at getting an advantage, but still, this did not look good on his resume. Combine that with Denver’s 41 sacks and 84 quarterback hits in the season, and any offense would be destined for disaster. The offensive battle doesn’t begin in the quarterback pocket or the secondary, it begins in the trenches.
Even though Bolles’ lackluster performances certainly costed the Broncos some crucial first downs last season, he was still a tackle. Now that Denver decline his fifth-year option, they have his position to fill. Some may look at this as a major problem because the Broncos lost their main left tackle, but in my opinion, there could be an opportunity on the horizon…
Former Jets LT Kelvin Beachum became a free agent after the 2019-2020 NFL Season ended. In 2017, he was signed to a three-year, $24 million contract — getting paid some serious cash because of his help and role in protecting Sam Darnold. But in order to think about how well he would fit, one must dig deeper…
Kelvin Beachum is currently 30 years old, 6’3″, and weighs 303 lbs. Because of his age and size, he has become a high sought-after tackle in this free agency. His only severe NFL injury was a torn left ACL in 2015, but even Beachum doesn’t think it has stopped himself from progressing. In fact, the 8-year Left Tackle thinks that he is playing in his prime right now. In reference to last season, Beachum said: “It was probably the best season I’ve had as a professional, honestly. I just played well through different portions of the season. I had a rough game here and there, but for the most part, this was the best ball that I’ve played of my career.”
“It was probably the best season I’ve had as a professional, honestly. I just played well through different portions of the season. I had a rough game here and there, but for the most part, this was the best ball that I’ve played of my career.”-Kelvin Beachum on his NFL performance in the 2019 season
This could be the missing piece that the Broncos have been looking for. The decision to pick up Beachum in free agency would not be a flashy or popular one, like picking up Jeudy and Hamler in the draft, but it could definitely have long-term benefits. Kelvin Beachum could keep Drew Lock healthy and give him time to pass the ball. His influence wouldn’t just stay at the quarterback position too — the running game (Melvin Gordon and Philip Lindsay) would have more opportunities to move the team upfield on the left side as a result of his presence.
Denver currently sits at $18,075,120 in total salary cap space, and has the ability to sign Kelvin Beachum to a two-year contract. That’s why I’m proposing that the Broncos should make him an offer of $17M for two years to assure no other team will take him.
Everything is lined up perfectly for the Broncos’ offense, except at the left tackle position. If Denver is able to pull off a deal for Beachum in this offseason, filling the last missing piece to their incredibly dynamic offense, then nothing will be impossible for them in their tough regular-season schedule (presumably) this upcoming fall…