2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Denver Broncos draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– Uhhhhhhhh, quarterback? The Broncos passed on Justin Fields and Mac Jones for Patrick Surtain. There’s absolutely no dogging getting the best corner in the draft at the 9, but there wasn’t a late flier taken on a passer , which means 1) Drew Lock is the guy, 2) Drew Lock isn’t the guy and the team thinks it might have a shot at Aaron Rodgers.
– RB Javonte Williams might be a wee bit of a reach at the 35. Even if you think he was the third-best running back in the draft, it’s still disappointing that Najee Harris or Travis Etienne didn’t slide down into early in the second round.
– The two fifth round safeties – Caden Sterns out of Texas and Jamar Johnson from Indiana – were good value gets even if safety wasn’t really a need. The goal is for the strength-in-numbers thing to work and one of them turns into a starter.
Best Value Pick: S Jamar Johnson, Indiana, 5th round, 164th overall
Biggest Reach: LB Baron Browning, Ohio State, 3rd round, 105th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: CB Kary Vincent, LSU, 7th round, 237th overall
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (9) CB Patrick Surtain, Alabama
2 (35) RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina
3 (105) – LB Baron Browning, Ohio State
3 (98) – OG/C Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater
5 (152) – S Caden Sterns, Texas
5 (164) – S Jamar Johnson, Indiana
6 (219) – WR Seth Williams, Auburn
7 (237) – CB Kary Vincent, LSU
7 (239) – DE Jonathon Cooper, Ohio State
7 (253) – DE Marquiss Spencer, Mississippi State
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
Jerry Jeudy might have been just okay as a rookie, but the 15th pick showed a whole lot of flashes of potential greatness. The Broncos might have had a rough season overall, but they came up with a solid draft with enough contributors to be okay. That’s fine for the depth, but they need playmakers and stars. Jeudy should be one, but …
Does Denver need a quarterback to get Jeudy the ball? Barring something crazy, one of the top five quarterback prospects will be there at the 9, but if Drew Lock really is the guy to build around, a top offensive tackle will be there for the taking.
Will the Broncos take a chance on a quarterback at the 40? If it wants on, it needs to make the statement and the call at the 9 to get its guy to build around for the next several years. There should be a good tackle at the 40, and the defensive back help they need will definitely be there in the second round and with the 71st overall pick.
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
2 WR KJ Hamler, Penn State
3 CB Michael Ojemudia, Iowa
3 C Lloyd Cushenberry, LSU
3 DT McTelvin Agim, Arkansas
4 TE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
5 LB Justin Strnad, Wake Forest
6 OG Netane Muti, Fresno State
7 WR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida
7 LB Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State
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