The Broncos got Flacco some protection in the second round, selecting Kansas State tackle Dalton Risner.
But with the choice after Risner, No. 42 overall, the Broncos got their heir apparent in Missouri quarterback Drew Lock.
He becomes the fourth quarterback the Broncos have drafted in the past five years as their search for a franchise quarterback continues.
“I’m hoping that it allows us to let him grow,” Broncos General Manager John Elway said of taking Lock in the second round. “The expectation is not as high as it would be with a top-10 pick. That’s what he needs. He’s going to need that time and the patience and continue to work with it. He’s going to be able to watch Joe and how Joe works, and Joe has done it at a very high level…