A quarterback for the Broncos? A pair of early 2022 NFL mock drafts has some gunslingers headed to Denver.

The 2021 NFL draft class is barely a week old, but it’s never too early to look at next year’s crop. Right?

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay on Thursday unveiled his early mock draft for 2022 and has the Broncos selecting Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler with the No. 11 overall pick.

“The Broncos didn’t take a quarterback at No. 9 this year, despite Justin Fields and Mac Jones still being on the board. I was really surprised by that,” he writes. “Trading for Teddy Bridgewater just tells me Denver isn’t confident in Drew Lock, who has two more seasons under contract at a soft cap number, as its starter. But at the same time, Bridgewater isn’t the answer either, and he’s only under contract one more season. You need an elite QB in the passer-happy AFC West, and I think the Broncos could be looking for one next April. Rattler gives them a potential franchise guy at the position.”

The 6-foot-1 Rattler — who’s entering his redshirt sophomore season — completed 67.5% of his passes last year for 3,031 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions to lead the Sooners to a 9-2 record, including a Cotton Bowl win over Florida.

Meanwhile, CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson has Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder heading to the Mile High City with the No. 26 overall pick.

“Ridder is another QB who is incredibly fun to watch,” Wilson writes. “He can sling it, but he’s also rushed for more than 1,800 yards in three seasons. He’ll need to but it all together to work his way into the Round 1 chatter by next offseason, but he has all the physical tools.”

The 6-4 Ridder completed 66.2% of his passes in 2020 for 2,296 yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions as the Bearcats finished with a 9-1 record. He also had 98 carries for 592 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground.

As for the No. 1 overall pick, both McShay and Wilson have Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux going to Houston.

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