NFL Draft 2021 Review: Denver Broncos

Adrian Holman

Although the Denver Broncos finished 5-11 last season, the team lost five of their eleven games by seven points or less. That means that Denver needs to find some playmakers that can make a game-changing play in the fourth quarter.

Also, the Broncos need to improve their offensive output because Denver only scored thirty or more points four times for the entire season. Keeping the defense on the field too long throughout the season led to fatigue, which explains why the Denver Broncos lost the last five of their six games to close out 2020.

Fortunately, Denver possessed ten picks in the National Football League (NFL) Draft so that the Broncos will be able to shore up things on both sides of the ball. Here is a look at who Denver selected.

Round 1, Pick 9: Patrick Surtain II - CB - Alabama (6'2", 208 lbs). Surtain II has the size and the productivity to become a lockdown corner in the NFL (12 pass break-ups, 1 interception). He is stellar in either man-to-man or zone defensive sets. He will definitely start right away on Week 1 of the 2021 NFL regular season for Denver.

Round 2, Pick 3: Javonte Williams - RB - North Carolina (5'10", 212 lbs). Williams is a powerful between the tackles runner that was one of the best running backs in college last season (1,140 rushing yards, 19 rushing TD's, 305 receiving yards, 3 receiving TD's). He has a knack of finding the end zone after averaging two touchdowns per game. He will compete for the starting running back position for the Broncos.

Round 3, Pick 35: Quinn Meinerz - C - Wisconsin-Whitewater (6'3", 320 lbs). Meinerz moved way up draft boards after going viral with videos of his workout regimen that was backed up with impressive Senior Day practices. He played at left guard in college, but is able to play at center as well. He should see some time in the interior of the offensive line.

Round 3, Pick 42: Baron Browning - LB - Ohio State (6'3", 245 lbs). Browning has the capability to step up to stop the run or cover running backs out of the backfield at outside linebacker (2 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles). He also played at inside linebacker in college as well. He adds depth at the linebacker position due to his versatility.

Round 5, Pick 8: Caden Sterns - S - Texas (6'0", 202 lbs). Sterns had a decent season after only playing in seven games before opting out (52 tackles, 1 interception, 3 pass break-ups). He could see some time on rushing downs at strong safety because he is a good tackler.

Round 5, Pick 20: Jamar Johnson - S - Indiana (6'0", 205 lbs). Johnson could see some time at free safety due to his coverage skills (4 interceptions, 4 pass break-ups). He also can cover slot receivers in multiple-receiver sets. This type of versatility should have him see some minutes in games this upcoming season. He did drop in this draft because he was ejected from a game last season for throwing a punch. If he can control his temper, then he has the potential to become a good player in the NFL.

Round 6, Pick 35: Seth Williams - WR - Auburn (6'3", 211 lbs). His size will give Williams a chance to see some time whenever the Broncos offense reaches the red zone. He led Auburn in receiving yards and touchdowns with 760 yards and 4 TD's. Denver is loaded at WR, but he should see some minutes off of the bench.

Round 7, Pick 9: Kary Vincent, Jr. - CB - LSU (5'10", 185 lbs). Vincent, Jr. opted out of the 2020 season, but he had a good 2019 season with four interceptions and nine pass break-ups. Opting out probably hurt his draft stock, but he should see some time as a backup corner.

Round 7, Pick 11: Johnathon Cooper - DE - Ohio State (6'3", 253 lbs). He led the Buckeyes defense with 3.5 sacks last season. He adds depth to the defensive end position.

Round 7, Pick 26: Marquiss Spencer - DE - Mississippi State (6'4", 301 lbs). Spencer could see some time as a run-stopping defensive end (8 tackles for loss). He could also possibly be moved to defensive tackle as well.

Grade: Surtain II and Williams are the type of playmakers the Broncos need in order for things to change. The problem is that everyone sees that Denver needed to draft a QB except for the Broncos organization. Nevertheless, adding defensive depth will help the team out as well. I give them a C+.

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