The Broncos find themselves in an awkward position as far as the 2020 NFL draft is concerned. They are expected to be overflowing with both draft capital and cap space, and while holes are present on this roster, there aren’t enough that you’ll see all of those resources invested.

Even if there were enough holes to fill and Denver did utilize all that capital, a lot of players they’d bring in — especially in the later rounds — wouldn’t be guaranteed as much as final roster spot. In other words, if the Broncos don’t trade up, they’re nearly guaranteed to be burning picks.

With that in mind, here are five players the Broncos should secure by trading up.

Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State

The Broncos need to add a starting-caliber cornerback at some point this offseason with Chris Harris Jr. likely gone and there are none available better than Jeff Okudah.

Okudah is the best cornerback prospect to enter the draft since Patrick Peterson in 2011 and he’s one of the rare elite cornerbacks that isn’t a detriment or distraction off the field like Jalen Ramsey.

He’s excellent in man coverage and would be a starter for the Broncos and maybe even their best corner from day one. Okudah has the ability to lock down one side of the field week in and week out for the next decade, and the Broncos need just that.

Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

With Courtland Sutton‘s emergence in 2019, the Broncos have an elite possession/jump-ball receiver to center their passing game around for the foreseeable future. That being said, the Broncos could still use a slasher in the passing game to pair with Sutton’s style.

They should look no further than Jerry Jeudy, who could transform this offseason into one of the league’s most dangerous receivers quickly.

Jeudy has very few flaws and is the best route runner in the class. If you look at recent classes with receivers like Michael Thomas and A.J. Brown, it appears that route running is the best indicator for professional success.

Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Almost every important Broncos defensive linemen has a contract that expires this offseason. Shelby Harris, Derek Wolfe, Mike Purcell and Adam Gotsis are all set to leave and it’s hard to see the Broncos retaining more than two.

Most likely to sign elsewhere is Harris, who’s incredibly valuable both to the Broncos’ ability to stop the run and to their interior pass rush. If he leaves, Denver should make Derrick Brown a top priority.

If the once-in-a-generation pass rusher that is Chase Young wasn’t in this class, Derrick Brown would arguably be the top defensive player on the board. He’s nearly as good as Quinnen Williams was coming out of Alabama last year, though Brown has been a dominant defender for multiple seasons where Williams was a one-hit-wonder.

Jedrick Wills, LT, Alabama

It’s no secret that the Broncos need to bolster their line this offseason, especially the tackle position. Although Garett Bolles played better down the stretch, the Broncos shouldn’t push all their chips in on the trio of him, the injury-prone Ja’Wuan James and Elijah Wilkinson.

The solution to their tackle problem could be right in front of them in Alabama’s Jedrick Wills. Wills is the best pass protector and that’s just what the Broncos need on their line.

Some may prefer the bulldozer in the run game that is Andrew Thomas but Drew Lock is the franchise’s most valuable commodity now and they must invest in protecting him.

Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama

The Broncos should know just how valuable a weapon like Henry Ruggs can be when utilized correctly after facing off against Tyreek Hill the past four seasons.

When all is said and done, Ruggs may end up being faster than Hill and the Broncos could use a weapon like that on offense. Much like his current Alabama teammate Jerry Jeudy, Ruggs would be an excellent complement to the Broncos’ receiving core.

He could also function as a gadget player and has upside as an incredibly dangerous returner.