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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Denver Broncos Select RB Saquon Barkley at No. 5

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Denver passes on a quarterback to take the most explosive offensive player in the draft.

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With the fifth pick of the 2018 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select...

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

The selection and write-up were made by poultman:

Sitting here in Denver we have several spots that are high need. With some surprising picks ahead of us, we have much more difficult of a decision to make between getting a new quarterback, running back, or offensive guard. There is the Case Keenum factor as well, but since its only a two-year deal, it shouldn’t affect our decision to draft a quarterback or not. So without further adieu, with the 5th pick of the 2018 draft, the Denver Broncos select Saquon Barkley!

The pick is based off of a couple reasons. I was surprised to see what quarterbacks dropped to me, but with Keenum in house, we want to give him a year and see how he does. What is the biggest need for the Broncos could be offensive line help so Nelson was a close second choice, but I believe you will find good guards later in the draft. The next best thing to help a new quarterback besides offensive line is a running back, and I believe he is significantly better than the next best ranked running back. C.J. Anderson is a probable cut and behind him isn’t anything great. Putting Barkley next to Keenum will help him to be successful. The Broncos won their Super Bowls by having a good running game which has been missing the last couple years.

Pokorny: “It all comes down to whether Denver believes in a quarterback in this year’s class. One could argue they have the best ones still available to them at this point, which means they don’t. Many view Barkley as the best offensive weapon in the draft, and I feel Denver’s lack of weaponry on offense has caught up to them after Peyton Manning retired.”

The Indianapolis Colts are up next, led by Browns95.

2018 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Cleveland Browns Grimflick QB Lamar Jackson
2 New York Giants Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Baker Mayfield
3 New York Jets jclark22 DE Bradley Chubb
4 Cleveland Browns Keyser Sozze CB Denzel Ward
5 Denver Broncos poultman RB Saquon Barkley
6 Indianapolis Colts Browns95 OG Quenton Nelson
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ezweav DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
8 Chicago Bears Ostate84 LB Tremaine Edmunds
9 San Francisco 49ers Mudville DE Marcus Davenport
10 Oakland Raiders makeaplay59 LB Roquan Smith
11 Miami Dolphins Swagnasty QB Josh Rosen
12 Buffalo Bills GratefulDawg QB Sam Darnold
13 Washington Redskins Maul Poleski S Derwin James
14 Green Bay Packers Darth_Batman DE/OLB Harold Landry
15 Arizona Cardinals Brocolis154033 QB Josh Allen
16 Baltimore Ravens Fluke_on_target WR Calvin Ridley
17 Los Angeles Chargers Crawford_T DT Vita Vea
18 Seattle Seahawks OhioCityBrownsBeliever CB Mike Hughes
19 Dallas Cowboys Topanga Jeff OG Will Hernandez
20 Detroit Lions clefan4lif DT Taven Bryan
21 Cincinnati Bengals Robo Dawg OG Isaiah Wynn
22 Buffalo Bills a2342432a WR Christian Kirk
23 New England Patriots unoservix OT Kolton Miller
24 Carolina Panthers mrwhitman WR D.J. Moore
25 Tennessee Titans troy145 DE/OLB Arden Key
26 Atlanta Falcons BrianB77 DT Da'Ron Payne
27 New Orleans Saints Legoman0721 LB Lorenzo Carter
28 Pittsburgh Steelers xfl2001fan LB Leighton Vander Esch
29 Jacksonville Jaguars kizer america LB Rashaan Evans
30 Minnesota Vikings pt_999 OT Mike McGlinchey
31 New England Patriots Matt Wood TE Mike Gesicki
32 Philadelphia Eagles Adam Rice OT Connor Williams
33 Cleveland Browns fjblessi DT Maurice Hurst
34 New York Giants anthszabo RB Derrius Guice
35 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 DE Sam Hubbard