Broncos draft film study: What if John Elway waits to pick a wide receiver?

If the Broncos remain in their current draft slot at No. 15 and select a receiver on April 23, the established line of thinking is they will add Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III or Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb.

But what if general manager John Elway chooses to wait a day? Or, in a better scenario for the Broncos, what if Elway can add to his stockpile of top-100 picks (or acquire 2021 draft ammo) via trade and move down, while believing he can get a similar play-maker with a pick between 20 and 32?

In a draft thought to be deep with talent at the position, such a possibility exists and would bring a different tier of receiver into the conversation, be it TCU’s Jalen Reagor, Clemson’s Tee Higgins, LSU’s Justin Jefferson or Notre Dame’s Chase Claypool.

Reagor, in particular, is an intriguing-yet-puzzling option. With a big sophomore season (72 catches-1,061 yards-nine touchdowns) and an underwhelming junior year (43-611-5), he could be a late first-round pick or Day 2 selection.

To better understand his strengths and weaknesses, we watched one game apiece from Reagor’s sophomore (31-16 loss at Texas) and junior (28-24 loss at Oklahoma) years.

It starts with his explosiveness. Reagor, listed at 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at the scouting combine but looks faster on the field. He was largely unproductive against Oklahoma (one catch for nine yards, one carry for 16), but did draw a defensive holding call in the second quarter on a deep post that could have gone for a 55-yard touchdown.

He was more involved in the offense against Texas (8-96-1), easily beating cornerback Kris Boyd with a double move that went for a 50-yard gain and later showing good footwork near the goal line to grab a fade for a 1-yard touchdown.

Split out wide almost exclusively as a sophomore, Reagor was utilized in the slot early against Oklahoma. Given how quickly he hits top speed, that could be how the Broncos or another team opts to deploy him. Reagor created good separation against the Longhorns while running a dig route (19 yards) and battled after catching a quick stop route (14 yards).

The Broncos could line up Reagor all over the formation and dare opposing defenses to shade coverage toward Courtland Sutton and leave the big play available.