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A post-Senior Bowl look at analysts’ top picks for…

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A post-Senior Bowl look at analysts' top picks for...

Kyle Stackpole, CBS Sports, (Feb. 5): QB Malik Willis, Liberty

Let’s ride the hype train Willis has created for himself during Senior Bowl week and anoint him as the first quarterback off the board.

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News (Feb. 3): QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss

Corral is a dynamic athlete and confident runner who also shows aggressiveness with a big arm. He quickly refined his raw skills under Lane Kiffin.

Nick Klopsis, Newsday (Feb. 1): QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss

Matt Corral is a balanced quarterback with good arm strength and athleticism, and his accuracy and decision-making improved drastically this season. He’s dangerous on run-pass options and can extend plays with his legs when needed.

Sam Monson, Pro Football Focus (Jan. 31): QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

Ridder has some size and athleticism to him and rarely put the ball in harm’s way this season, ending with a 2.0% turnover-worthy play rate. This may seem like a reach to some, but quarterbacks always get pushed up the draft board, and few teams are as desperate for a fix as Denver.

Bucky Brooks, (Jan. 25): QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

Will general manager George Paton talk himself into believing Pickett could orchestrate a Joe Burrow-like turnaround at Mile High?

Daniel Jeremiah, (Jan. 21): QB Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh

I’m sure the Broncos will pursue a trade for a premier quarterback […] this offseason, but if they are unable to land one, Pickett is the best option in this draft class. He is ready to play right away. The Pitt product doesn’t have a huge arm, but he can make all the throws and he’s proven he can create when the pocket breaks down. 

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN (Jan. 19): ILB Nakobe Dean, Georgia

Denver could be a great spot for the draft’s best off-ball linebacker, Dean, who was the leader of the spectacular Georgia defense. He makes tackle after tackle and can run sideline to sideline to make plays, and he has three-down potential because of his ability to cover tight ends and running backs.