NFL Draft Anticipation: Denver Broncos Fans Eyes On The Prize

NFL Draft Anticipation: Denver Broncos Fans Eyes On The Prize
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It’s been eight years since the Denver Broncos playoff chances were realized when Peyton Manning led the franchise to a Super Bowl championship over the Carolina Panthers to send the Hall of Famer out on a high note.  

In the interim period, Denver’s come close to getting back to the playoffs once, going 9-7 in 2016 before skidding their way through seven consecutive losing seasons, capped off by last year’s 8-9 clunker in Year One of the Sean Payton era.  

Hope lies in this month’s NFL Draft, however, as Payton and the Broncos have eight selections across the seven-round made-for-TV spectacle, highlighted by the No. 12 pick in the first round.  

The NFL Draft is nearly here. BetColorado - your top source for Colorado sportsbook promo codes - wanted to know what fanbase was most excited for the 2024 draft. Using Google Trends, we ranked the top 10 most excited fanbases, and then, out of a list of players projected to be selected in round 1, we ranked the top 5 players that the fanbase is most frequently searching for. All rankings are based on search interest score, compared to other topics.  

Fanbases Most Excited for 2024 NFL Draft

Note: The search was done between April 8 –15, 2024. Search terms were “NFL Draft,” and each player’s name. 

Rank FanbaseSearch Interest Score
1 Detroit Lions100
2 Green Bay Packers 93
3 Minnesota Vikings90
4 Chicago Bears63
5 Philadelphia Eagles61
6 Kansas City Chiefs57
7 Cleveland Browns55
T-8 Baltimore Ravens53
T-8 Denver Broncos53
10 New England Patriots52

Among the 32 franchises that make up the NFL, the Broncos are tied with the Baltimore Ravens for the highest search interest score, at 53, ranking behind the Cleveland Browns, who had a score of 55, and ahead of the New England Patriots, who clocked in at 52.  

The league leaders in terms of NFL Draft interest were the Detroit Lions (100 search interest score), who are hosting this year’s event, while the Green Bay Packers (93 search interest score), Minnesota Vikings (90 search interest score) and the Chicago Bears (63 search interest score) are the next closest.  

Throw in the Philadelphia Eagles at 61 and the two-time reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs at 57 and you have the full rundown on the NFL fanbases that are the most excited for April 27’s opening round of the NFL Draft.  

Broncos Fans’ Top 5 Most Anticipated Players

Rank NameSearch Interest Score
1 Drake Maye31
2 Caleb Williams12
3 Jayden Daniels8
4 Marvin Harrison Jr.4
5 J.J. McCarthy3

As far as specific players in this year’s NFL Draft, Broncos fans have a vested interest in four CFB quarterbacks, including Drake Maye of UNC, who had the highest search interest score of them all at 31, followed by 2022 Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams (12 search interest score) and 2023 Heisman winner Jayden Daniels of LSU (eight search interest score).  

Rounding out the list of NFL Draft prospects that Colorado residents are the most excited about are Ohio State  Marvin Harrison Jr. (four search interest score) and Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy (three search interest score).  

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Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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