The Broncos are set for their first rookie mini-camp in 2014, so it’s time to finish up our in-depth look at all of the young prospects that will be rocking orange and blue to start their NFL careers.
Today we are going to look at a player who has an interesting past, a player that is coming to the Broncos with arguably the best mustache of anyone in the 2014 class.
This player is none other than former Tulane cornerback Jordan Sullen, a big, physical corner with ball skills for days.
Here’s what you need to know about Sullen, how he can impact the Broncos, and what he all brings to the table.
Wt: 200 lbs.
- Quick change of direction skills
- Moves hips well
- Tracks ball in the air
- Doesn’t have great deep speed but recovers
- Did well when tested deep
- Willing tackler
- Projected to play multiple positions including CB and S
- Saved best season for last. Played really well in 2013
- Has experience returning kicks
- Versatile HS recruit, understands the game
- Plays with aggressivenes, competitiveness
Areas of Weakness
- Deep speed is a concern
- Needs to work on wrapping up in tackling and not just using his body
- Suspended from team in 2012 for violating unspecified university rule
- Level of college competition?
- Can he close in off-man coverage at next level?
How Sullen Can Make the Denver Broncos
Dec 21, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tulane Green Wave cornerback Jordan Sullen (22) celebrates with teammate Lorenzo Doss (6) after a second quarter interception against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
First of all, the Broncos don’t have a great, deep group of cornerbacks at this particular moment in time. With the addition of Bradley Roby, you could argue the Broncos have five roster spots for sure tied up at CB, but that’s also considering Chris Harris Jr., who is recovering from an ACL injury.
Depending how quickly Harris progresses, the Broncos could have a couple of spots open at the CB position, and certainly after being demoted last year, Tony Carter is no lock to make this team despite having been around for a few years.
Sullen has really intriguing size at nearly 6’0″ and 200 pounds, and can play a variety of different spots on the defense and on special teams. He really was tested quite a bit deep at Tulane, and often excelled. As a former receiver, Sullen does a great job of tracking the ball and getting his hands on it.
After being dismissed from the team in 2012, Sullen took a redshirt and was able to play out his senior season in 2013 showing some signs of improvement that got him planted on the NFL radar.
Obviously the deep speed is not there in terms of how he timed out, but you see a guy that competes hard for the football. He’s a willing tackler though he needs to clean up technique in that regard. He is not afraid to be tested deep and does a good job recovering in one-on-one situations if receivers are able to get past him.
I think if Sullen can prove his physicality translates to the NFL, he can be a darkhorse UDFA candidate. This is an interesting name to monitor.