2016 NFL Draft: The Denver Broncos used the 219th selection in the 2016 NFL Draft on Arizona safety Will Parks, who can play in the box…
The Denver Broncos have selected Arizona Wildcats safety Will parks with the 219th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, adding to their defensive backfield and special teams unit…
This past season for Arizona, Parks had 76 tackles, seven tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, and two forced fumbles.
At 6-0, 195 pounds, Parks is a bit undersized for a safety in the NFL, but you don’t really notice it on his game tape. He hits like a ton of bricks and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line. That will fit in well with what the Broncos currently have at safety, and is a good complement to what they drafted in the third round in Justin Simmons.
Pro Football Focus had Parks graded as their 100th best player in this year’s draft, and the 6th best safety in the class. Here’s what they had to say about him:
“With two years of excellent grading in a safety/slot hybrid role at Arizona, Parks may not have the quicks to keep up with NFL slot receivers but he diagnoses plays well and takes great angles, so trying him in a free safety role looks like the way to go.”
Parks had 157 tackles, 20 TFL, 15 pass breakups, two interceptions, and one sack over the last two seasons.
This is a good pick for Denver, which needed to upgrade its depth in the secondary and on special teams. Certainly, a player like Parks in the 6th round can come in and compete for a job in that regard.