Broncos’ rookie QB is being called a ‘Draft Day Steal’


Denver Broncos quarterback Bo Nix.

The Denver Broncos completed their record for quarterbacks in the first round of the 2024 NFL draft when they selected Oregon quarterback Bo Nix 12th overall – the sixth quarterback selected in the first round.

The return on that investment may come sooner than expected.

Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report placed Nix at the top of his list of draft day steals just before the Broncos gathered for mandatory minicamp on June 11-14.

“The last quarterback selected in the first round could actually return the quickest, as the 24-year-old signal caller fits well into (Sean) Payton’s system, with playing time under his belt to even out some of the ups and downs overcome that new recruits often encounter,” Sobelski wrote.

As the No. 12 pick, Nix signed a four-year contract worth $18.6 million. He is in a three-way competition for the starting job with veteran quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Zach Wilson.

Nix completed a record-breaking college career at Oregon

Not only does Nix have more experience when he graduates than Stidham, Wilson or any of the five quarterbacks selected above him in the NFL draft. He has more college experience than any quarterback ever in the NFL.

Nix’s 61st career start from 2019 to 2023 is an NCAA record that will almost certainly never be broken. He went 43-18 in those five seasons, with the first three at Auburn and the last two at Oregon.

Nix was the SEC Freshman of the Year at Auburn in 2019 and then finished his career as the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalist at Oregon. In 2023, he set the NCAA single-season record for completion percentage (77.4%) and led the FBS with 45 passing touchdowns. He also set the school’s single-season rushing record of 4,508 yards.

NFL analyst Lance Zierlein predicted Nix would be a second-round pick in his pre-draft evaluation and compared him to four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo.

“Nix shows the precision, talent and athleticism that befits today’s breed of professional midfielder,” Zierlein wrote. “He can get the ball out in time when he is at his peak, or he can play forward and beat defenses with second-reaction plays. He throws with good speed and puts the ball in the net when he throws along the way. Nix has shown great improvement with his balance. He has the ability to move the sticks for variety or as part of the running game.

“Some of his extensive work was driven by the design of Oregon’s offense, but his talent clearly stood out. I was biased against watching the disappointing version of Nix during his days at Auburn, but as they say, “tape doesn’t lie.” Nix appears ready to attack the competition with NFL-caliber skills.”

The Broncos offense is in dire need of help

If you want proof of how desperate Denver’s offense has been lately, just remember that the franchise hasn’t had a player rush or receive for 1,000 yards since 2019.

The last player to do this? Current wide receiver Courtland Sutton had 1,112 receiving yards in 2019, the same year running back Phillip Lindsay had 1,011 rushing yards.

Denver hasn’t made the playoffs since winning the Super Bowl after the 2015 season.

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