Will the Broncos have Colin Kaepernick on their roster by late April? Ryan Fitzpatrick? Another QB? If not, they should be looking to add at the position. The variable in the mix then would become how they view Mark Sanchez. If they see him as someone who can handle the starting job for a year, Lynch—a high-ceiling prospect who needs time to develop—would be the favorite. If not, Connor Cook—a more NFL-ready option—should jump to the front of the line.
A reminder before we wrap up: Taking a player in Round 1 guarantees a team (if it wants it) five years of contract control, via the fifth-year option. Ideally, a pick will outperform his contract before that, necessitating an extension. But if we’re talking about taking a quarterback and letting him sit for a year or two, that option year can become huge. So, if Lynch and Cook are on the board late, expect trade action.