3 reasons Drake Maye would be perfect fit with Broncos in 2024 NFL Draft (2024)

Going back to two seasons ago, Drake Maye was already a hot name to be one of the top quarterbacks selected whenever he decided to declare for the NFL Draft. After three years in Chapel Hill, the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder now has his sights set on his professional career, starting with the 2024 NFL Draft on April 25.

It really only took two seasons of work playing for the Tar Heels for Maye to get noticed. In that time, he accounted for nearly 8,000 yards worth of passing, 62 touchdown passes, and 16 interceptions. If perhaps not for Caleb Williams' Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2022, and his continued solid play in 2023, Maye might be considered the No. 1 pick in this year's draft. However, it seems clear up to this point that Williams will be headed to Chicago to become a Bear. But where does that leave Maye now?

A lot of scouts and analysts, like Mel Kiper, have the second quarterback off the board being either Maye or LSU's Jayden Daniels, the 2023 college football Heisman Trophy winner. Some even have Maye dropping lower on down the board, falling out of the top three picks, all of which are quarterback-needy teams. Whether that's due to his shaky pro day performance or his lack of experience is unknown, but regardless, it would be shocking to see the former Tar Heel not drafted in the first round.

One team that makes a lot of sense for Maye's future destination is not one of those teams in the top three. That doesn't mean they, being the Denver Broncos, couldn't somehow find their way into that spot, however. Or perhaps Maye does fall into their lap at No. 12. Either way, here's why Maye would be perfect in Denver:

Sean Payton can help develop Drake Maye

The most obvious answer here is that Sean Payton is the head coach of the Denver Broncos. Let's say that the Commanders select Daniels at No. 2, leaving Maye available for the New England Patriots at No. 3. There's a ton of uncertainty with the Patriots right now, who need a massive overhaul in their roster. The lack of talent on that team right now is downright concerning, with more than just a quarterback in need.

If Maye were selected by the Patriots, he'd have no weapons in the backfield or the perimeter at receiver. Moreover, he would be behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league potentially. Even with their draft picks, none of those things are likely to change this season.

Maye would also be going to an unknown, defensive-minded coach with the Patriots. If he were drafted by the Broncos, it would put the young quarterback in the hands of one of the best play-callers in NFL history in Payton.

Even if they had a tense time together, look at what Payton did with Russell Wilson to revive his career last season. Maye, with only two real years of experience at the collegiate level, is going to likely need a lot of development, which is suited for Payton.

Drake Maye could be the Broncos' franchise QB in the tough AFC West

The AFC West has two of the best quarterbacks in the entire league in its division with the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles Chargers' Justin Herbert, who likewise will have two of the best coaches in Andy Reid and Jim Harbaugh. The Broncos already have a Super Bowl-winning coach; they now just need a quarterback (among a few other things) to be right in the thick of things in the division. Getting Maye could finally be their answer to finding a franchise quarterback that hasn't been there since Peyton Manning. Also, getting him on a rookie deal could allow the Broncos to build around him for the next couple of seasons.

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Last but not least, Drake Maye should be a top priority for the Broncos. Having to eat all of Wilson's contract this year, there's a bit of a sour taste in the mouths of Broncos fans, not to mention probably the Denver front office. The Broncos put up the farm in order to get Wilson, and now they're paying him to go elsewhere. What's worse is that there's nothing left behind from Wilson to make the Broncos close to competitive next season.

On the roster right now are career backups Jarrett Stidham and Ben DiNucci, who have maybe a handful of starts to their name. Getting a quarterback like Maye — whether or not he needs great development or not — should be the top priority for this team.

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3 reasons Drake Maye would be perfect fit with Broncos in 2024 NFL Draft (2024)


Who was the #1 draft pick in the NFL in 2024? ›

The first round of the 2024 NFL Draft began with a quarterback and ended with a wide receiver. Fitting for a night that was all about the offenses. With their first No. 1 pick in 77 years, the Chicago Bears selected USC quarterback Caleb Williams, hoping to finally find their franchise QB.

How many draft picks do the Denver Broncos have in 2024? ›

The Broncos gave up their first-round choices in 2022 and 2023 in the trade for Russell Wilson. The Broncos have eight scheduled picks in this weekend's event but no selections in the second round.

Who picked Drake Maye? ›

The New England Patriots selected University of North Carolina Quarterback Drake Maye with the third pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

What is the order of the 2024 NFL Draft? ›

2024 NFL draft: See the full order of picks for Round 1
  • Round 1, Pick 1: Chicago Bears (from Carolina Panthers) ...
  • Round 1, Pick 2: Washington Commanders. ...
  • Round 1, Pick 3: New England Patriots. ...
  • Round 1, Pick 4: Arizona Cardinals. ...
  • Round 1, Pick 5: Los Angeles Chargers. ...
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Who went #2 in the NFL draft in 2024? ›

2. Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU - Grade: B. Make no mistake, this is a plenty exciting move for Washington to kick-start a new day under Dan Quinn and Adam Peters. But this might not necessarily be the safe pick some deem it to be.

Who was the number 2 draft pick in 2024? ›

The Chicago Bears kicked off the frenzy with the far less shocking selection of Caleb Williams out of USC as the first pick. The Washington Commanders followed by taking reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels of LSU at No. 2, then the New England Patriots snagged North Carolina's Drake Maye at No. 3.

Who will Broncos draft in 2024? ›

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — After months of offseason speculation and countless mock drafts, Broncos have made a major addition at the game's most important position. Denver selected Oregon quarterback Bo Nix with the 12th-overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Do the Broncos have a 1st round pick? ›

The Denver Broncos have the 12th pick in the NFL Draft when Round 1 begins April 25 in Detroit. The Broncos own eight picks in the seven-round draft.

Do the Broncos have a 2nd round pick? ›

What's next: The Broncos don't currently have a second-round pick and don't pick on Day 2 until No. 76 overall. They still have far more needs than their seven remaining picks in hand given the departures this offseason, including Wilson, safety Justin Simmons and linebacker Josey Jewell.

Is Drake Maye a 5 star? ›

Maye was named a Under Armour All-American in 2020 despite being unable to play his senior season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rated a four-star prospect, Maye committed to play college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide in July 2019 before flipping to North Carolina in March 2020.

Who went 3 in the NFL draft? ›

Drake Maye goes north, as New England takes former UNC QB at No. 3 in NFL Draft. Drake Maye will start his NFL career in the place that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick made famous, as he was drafted No. 3 overall Thursday night by the New England Patriots.

Where did Drake Maye originally commit? ›

Drake originally committed to Alabama, but in a move that rattled the college football world, flipped to UNC in March 2020. COVID spoiled his senior season at Myers Park the following fall. The NCHSAA moved football to spring 2021, but Maye decided to enroll at UNC early instead.

Who was the 7 pick in the NFL draft? ›

The Tennessee Titans select Alabama Crimson Tide offensive tackle JC Latham in Round 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft with the No. 7 overall pick.

Who has the 7th pick in the NFL draft 2024? ›

The Tennessee Titans will pick at No. 7 overall. The 2024 NFL Draft begins Thursday in Detroit with the first round headlined by the Chicago Bears with the No. 1 overall pick.

Who was the 32nd pick in the NFL draft 2024? ›

Panthers trade up to select South Carolina WR Xavier Legette with No. 32 pick of 2024 NFL Draft.

Who is the top prospect for the 2024 NFL Draft? ›

The Chicago Bears kicked off the 2024 NFL Draft by selecting USC QB Caleb Williams at No. 1 overall. With the draft now underway, follow along to see where the rest of the top 150 prospects on NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah's Big Board land.

Who has the most draft picks in 2024? ›

1 pick -- have the first selection, while the Jets have the final spot to take Mr. Irrelevant. The Cardinals, Packers and Rams have the most picks in the draft with 11 each, while the Bears have the fewest with four picks (including two in the first round).

What time is the first pick of the 2024 NFL Draft? ›

The 2024 NFL Draft kicks off at 8 p.m. EST Thursday.

How many quarterbacks will be drafted in the first round in 2024? ›

The first round of the draft Thursday night was dominated by quarterbacks with six going in the first round. That's the most in any round of the common draft era (since 1967).

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