For this Denver Broncos mock draft, I only used seven of the nine picks that they have for 2021. I figured that Denver has the best chance of getting Matthew Stafford, so I gave the Broncos second and third-round picks in 2021 and a 2022 first-round pick to the Lions. Even with two picks out of this year’s draft, the Broncos have a good chance to fill the rest of their needs.
Denver Broncos Mock Draft: Round One
Round One | Pick Nine | Kwity Paye | EDGE | Michigan
For the first round of the Denver Broncos mock draft, Kwity Paye was the best selection available at number nine. Paye ended his career with 99 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, and one forced fumble at Michigan. You get the best pass rusher in the draft and with Von Miller getting up in age you can start to plan for the next great pass rusher in Denver. With Paye, Bradley Chubb, Miller, and Malik Reed that is a great group of edge rushers. When you also get Jurrell Casey back in the middle this front can make some noise next year.
Denver Broncos Mock Draft: Rounds Four Through Seven
Round Four | Pick 107 | Paulson Adebo | CB | Stanford
After trading away the second and third-round picks to the Lions for Matthew Stafford, we had to go with a CB in the fourth round of this Denver Broncos mock draft. One of the best available CBs in the fourth was Paulson Adebo from Stanford. Adebo has good hips and agility as a cornerback. With his good agility, it helps him cover ground on deep balls and puts himself into a good position. It is reported that he has a good football IQ and will do well in zone coverages.
It is not a secret that Denver needs a cornerback. With trading away their second and third-round picks, Adebo fits in perfectly with Denver’s need and also is a good player to pick up in the fourth round.
Round Five | Pick 138 | Tony Fields II | LB | West Virginia
Fields would provide depth for a shallow linebacker room, something that is commonplace in almost every Denver Broncos mock draft. Fields is a good athlete that is quick with his zone drop. He could be a good sub in for A.J. Johnson, and Josey Jewell. Fields can play a lot of special teams and with how quickly he can drop into coverage, he is also great at slipping through blocks. That would be perfect for Denver to bring him in on a third-down situation and either blitz or cover a zone.
In the fifth round, this is a good place to get depth and try to find some good special team players. Even though Fields is under-sized, he can be a solid pickup for this team because of his speed and motor.
Round Six | Pick 169 | Elijah Mitchell | RB | Louisiana Lafayette
Mitchell has some good upside with his size. He also showed signs of quickness and speed in the open field as well. At Louisiana, they did a lot of motion to try to get the linebackers to get suck at the snap.
Scouts are questioning how good Mitchell is when the linebackers are going to start moving at the snap and if he can get yards after contact. With this pickup in the sixth round of our Denver Broncos mock draft, this is a chance to take a risk for a high ceiling guy that has some doubts going into the draft.
Round Seven | Pick 202 | Ja’Von Hicks | S | Cincinnati
Ja’von Hicks would be a huge pickup for the Broncos early in the seventh round. Hicks would add some more depth for that safety position, and depending on what happens to Kareem Jackson, he may play a lot.
Hicks was an honorable mention All-American Athletic Conference performer in 2019. He also had the most interception yards of any UC player since 2007. He is quick and has good hips. I can see him making a huge impact on the team from day one.
Round Seven | Pick 204 | Justin Hilliard | LB | Ohio State
Hilliard would be another great linebacker to help with depth for that position. Hilliard was a six-year player out of Ohio State and is a very talented player. He did have an Achilles injury in his career but seemed to bounce back pretty well. In 2020, Hilliard recorded 20 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and one interception.
If Denver can get this kind of athlete in the seventh round in the draft that would be a steal and add great backups to this solid defense.
Round Seven | Pick 219 | Greg Eiland | OG | Mississippi St
For the last pick in the Denver Broncos mock draft, Denver goes with Greg Eiland. Eiland would provide some competition for the guard spot on offense and he’s a big athletic guy that can move. The 6’8″ 340-pound lineman is a good player to take a chance on with your last pick, if he turns out to be a star it is the steal of the draft.
Matt Stafford would be a huge addition to this team, and by only giving a second and third-rounder from this year and a first-rounder next year, Denver can still meet its biggest needs.
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