Broncos RB Javonte Williams shows off receiving skills with TD vs. Browns

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams flashed his pass-catching prowess Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns

The Denver Broncos made a bold move to trade up to the top of the second round in the 2021 NFL draft, targeting a dynamic running back in North Carolina’s Javonte Williams.

The rookie showed off his impressive athleticism in Week 6 with an epic hurdle, and he took the opportunity Thursday night to display his pass-catching prowess.

On a key 3rd-and-goal, Williams took a screen pass and weaved his way into the end zone, cutting in the Cleveland Browns’ lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

Williams is still splitting touches with veteran Melvin Gordon III, but it won’t be long before Williams takes over the Denver backfield for himself.

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Why Broncos fans should be excited about Jerry Jeudy

The Denver Broncos landed a huge steal in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft with Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy

The Denver Broncos spent much of the 2020 NFL Draft focusing on surrounding Drew Lock with talent on offense, and no selection was a bigger splash than their selection of Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy with the No. 15 overall pick.

Viewed by many as a top-10 player in the 2020 class, Jeudy is one of the best receiver prospects to enter the draft in some time, so for Denver to grab him without having to trade up was fantastic value.

Jeudy will complement new teammate Courtland Sutton perfectly in the Broncos’ offense. While Sutton is the bigger possession wideout who can secure 50-50 balls with ease, Jeudy is a dynamic and intelligent athlete who can make plays as the field-side, ‘Z’ receiver. Arguably the best route runner in the class, the 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner combines his acute understanding of leverage, footwork and releases with very good lateral agility and sharp hips to create separation like very few can.

The Broncos will likely make Jeudy their No. 2 weapon behind Sutton, which is a perfect way for the rookie to ease into the NFL game. While he could eventually become one of the league’s best receivers if all goes well, surrounding him with other targets early in his career will be a great way to ease some of that pressure off of him.

Between Jeudy, Sutton, Noah Fant and 2020 second-round pick K.J. Hamler, the Broncos have put together a young and fantastic group of playmakers for Lock to throw to. Factor in running backs Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay, and Denver has the arsenal to ideally help elevate Lock in his second season in the NFL. They appear to be going all-in with their young quarterback, and if all goes well with their young players’ development, they could be a legitimate playoff contender for years to come.

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2020 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos team preview

Draft Wire’s Gavino Borquez delivers everything Denver Broncos fans need to know about the 2020 NFL Draft.

Everything Denver Broncos fans need to know about the 2020 NFL Draft.

VITALS

Head Coach: Vic Fangio

General Manager: John Elway

2019 record: 7-9

2020 DRAFT PICKS

1 (15)

2 (46)

3 (77)

3 (83)

3 (95)

4 (118)

5 (178)

6 (181)

7 (252)

7 (254)

TEAM NEEDS

Wide Receiver

Giving quarterback Drew Lock more weapons is key. The Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders early on, leaving Courtland Sutton to responsibility of handling the load. Many thought DaeSean Hamilton would step up, but he’s been inconsistent since his rookie season.

Cornerback

The Broncos made a splash with the signing of A.J. Bouye, but they lost four-time Pro Bowler Chris Harris Jr. There are concerns with Bryce Callahan’s availability after a foot injury kept him out of the entire 2019 season.

Interior Offensive Line

The Broncos moved on from center Connor McGovern and guard Ronald Leary. They signed Graham Glasgow and have Elijah Wilkinson to fill in at right guard, for now.

TOP TARGETS

Denzel Mims | WR | Baylor

Jalen Reagor | WR | TCU

Amik Robertson | CB | Louisiana Tech

Terrell Burgess | DB | Utah

Cesar Ruiz | IOL | Michigan

Matt Hennessy | IOL | Temple

Shane Lemieux | IOL | Oregon

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