The 2021 Denver Broncos now have Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater as their top two quarterbacks after they traded their 191st pick for the ex-Panthers quarterback. But this trade still leaves a lot of questions unanswered. On the surface, Bridgewater appears to be the competition that the Broncos said they will give Lock this season. But does this trade truly keep them from drafting a quarterback in the NFL Draft?
Bridgewater can likely beat Lock out for the starting job, but that doesn’t mean he’s much of an upgrade. He also can be a free agent after this season. The Broncos still need a quarterback of the future and if they can get the guy they want at pick No. 8, I would expect them to make the plunge.
We can’t expect much fantasy football value out of Lock or Bridgewater, but if they were to somehow get Justin Fields or Trey Lance, it might be a different story. Bridgewater might be a slight upgrade for the Broncos receivers, but grabbing a truly mobile quarterback like Fields or Lance could give that offense a dimension that opens up the playbook and their fantasy upside.
In the end, the Broncos will either have a rookie, an underachieving third-year quarterback or a journeyman quarterback more suited for backup duties leading the offense. Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and Noah Fant all have a lot of upside, but we’ll need to see more improvement at the quarterback position than we can truly expect this season before they can reach that upside.