Denver Broncos roster overview after the 2018 NFL Draft
The Broncos’ safety position got better this offseason with the trade for former Washington Redskins second round pick Su’a Cravens, who may finally be the matchup player the Broncos have been desperately needing the past few seasons.
Cravens has been one of the most exciting players to follow this offseason, and he joins a safety group that already includes another promising couple of 2016 NFL Draft picks in Justin Simmons and Will Parks.
The Broncos love Simmons and Parks, who were among the team leaders in snaps played last season.
Simmons is an athletic freak at the free safety position who should take an even bigger leap this year than he did in 2017, and Parks is a slot type who can play in the box or at the strong safety position.
The Broncos obviously have former Pro Bowler Darian Stewart on the back end, giving them depth at free safety and leadership at that position. He had a down year in 2017 but I expect him to bounce back this year.
Last year, Jamal Carter made the team as an undrafted free agent and played a critical role on special teams for the Broncos with his great size and speed combination.
They also appear to have found a gem in Dymonte Thomas who can play free safety and attack the football.
Other players to watch:
Jordan Moore: Signed as a reserve/future player, Moore has great size at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and could play a hybrid linebacker/safety role.
Trey Williams: The hard-hitting safety from Florida State played well in place of injured Derwin James in 2016, but he doesn’t have the ball skills at this point that scouts would consider him a plug-and-play at safety. He needs some seasoning.