The series “32 NFL mock drafts in 32 days” continues with the Denver Broncos who have nine draft picks in the 2021 NFL draft. There were some huge moves this offseason for Denver. They returned Kareem Jackson, Von Miller, Justin Simmons, and Shelby Harris. They also brought in Kyle Fuller, Ronald Darby, and Mike Boone. Great signings come with losing great players. Phillip Lindsay signed with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason for a one-year deal. Even with the loss of Lindsay, the Broncos did extremely well this offseason hitting major needs while not breaking the bank.
Without any trades, the Broncos can fill their remaining roster needs and add depth to the linebacker and defensive line spots. They can also add some good defensive backs to a stacked secondary. Lastly, they could find a diamond in the rough with a new quarterback to give competition to Lock in the sixth round.
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day One
1.9| Micah Parsons | LB | Penn State
The first pick for the Denver Broncos should be an easy one at this time. Micah Parsons dominated his pro day. The 6-3, 235-pound linebacker ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash and also jumped 34 inches on his vertical. Even though Parsons sat out during the 2020 season he is still the top linebacker in the class. The Denver Broncos are really hurting at linebacker so being able to pick an amazing athlete like Parsons at ninth overall would be perfect for them.
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day Two
2.40 | Jackson Carman | T | Clemson
With Garrett Boles stepping up in 2020 the focus shifts to the other tackle for the Broncos. In the second round, picking up Jackson Carman would be great for this young offense. Carman at 6-5, 335 would be a great addition, as he’d have the best offensive line coach in the NFL, Mike Munchak, working with, potentially making him a future star. The one problem last year was that Drew Lock didn’t have time to throw the ball. If that is the case then picking up a tackle in the second round would benefit Denver a lot.
3.71 | Tay Gowan | CB | UCF
In the third round, the Denver Broncos could get a young CB to back up the stacked secondary that they put together in the offseason. Tay Gowan is a big CB at 6-2 and 185-pounds. The first thing that people notice about Gowan is his size. He is a good size corner that should be able to handle NFL wide receivers. The other thing that you notice is that he has the speed to cover the deep ball. With his speed and size taking Gowan in the third round would only add to the impressive DB group that the Broncos have.
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Day Three
4.114 | Demetric Felton | HB | UCLA
Demetric Felton would be a perfect fit for Pat Shurmur’s offense. He is a receiving back, just like Melvin Gordan. He would be a perfect fit to replace Phillip Lindsay and would work perfectly to split out in empty sets. In the Senior Bowl practices he lined up at both running back and wide receiver which is a good sign. He also has great speed and runs through arm tackles with ease. This would be a great pick-up for the Denver offense and he would make an immediate impact for the team in 2021.
5.204 | Justin Hillliard | LB | Ohio State
For round five, the Denver Broncos could add another linebacker to help with the depth at the position, making Justin Hilliard a perfect prospect. 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, one forced fumble, and one interception. With Parsons in the first round and Hilliard in the fifth, this linebacker group improves significantly.
6.191 | Sam Ehlinger | QB | Texas
In his career at Texas, Ehlinger had a 62.5% completion percentage, with 11,436 yards and 94 touchdowns in four years. This would be a great acquisition for the Broncos if he is there in the sixth round.
7.237 | Mustafa Johnson | DL | Colorado
Mustafa Johnson would be a great backup on the defensive line. The senior waved his extra year of eligibility to enter the draft. Johnson is a little small for a defensive lineman, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in effort and uses what he as to cause disruption. He is a quick lineman and knows how to use his hands well. If the Denver Broncos can add some more depth to their D-line Johnson would be a perfect fit.
7.239| T.J. Vasher | WR | Texas Tech
Denver could add some depth to their wideout group in the seventh round. In 2020 T.J. Vasher had 19 receptions, with 227 yards and two touchdowns. It isn’t too impressive but as we saw in Tyrie Cleveland, he could add some depth to the position and make a name for himself on this team.
7.253 | Nahshon Wright | CB | Oregon State
With the last pick in the draft, the Denver Broncos could go back to DB and add another good player. Nahshon Wright at 6-4, 188-pounds is a big corner that could play at the dime position. He also could start returning punts and kicks with his size. Wright would have to add some weight to his frame but at 6-4, he has a lot of potential. Also, by coming to Denver he could sit out a year or two and learn a lot from the great talent in front of him.
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Mock Draft Recap
The Denver Broncos have nine picks and can hit every single need on the team and even add some good depth to other areas. The Broncos are starting to look like a great squad and if they have a good draft in April they could be a dangerous team in 2021.
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