Derron Smith, Safety, San Antonio Commanders
San Antonio Commanders safety Derron Smith — a former Fresno State Bulldog — was named the top player in the entire AAF by Pro Football Focus.
He was consistently the toughest defensive back in the league, and though the Broncos are fairly deep at safety, Smith is still young and could provide an underrated sleeper option this year.
Though the Broncos have a number of intriguing names at the safety position, Smith’s display of coverage in the AAF was enough to put him on the NFL map once again. He looks like the type of player who could move around the formation and give an NFL team a dynamic defensive weapon, or at least a highly capable backup.
Honorable mention: Terence Garvin, LB, Orlando Apollos
There are a variety of names that could go here at the linebacker position, but I decided to pick Garvin because he’s been the top coverage linebacker in the AAF all season.
The Broncos need guys who excel in coverage, and Garvin did just that in the AAF this past season, picking off three passes.
Garvin was once a DB/LB hybrid at West Virginia and has spent time with a variety of NFL teams, but perhaps none more notable than his time with the Seahawks.
Things obviously didn’t work out for him in the NFL to this point, but what he did in seven AAF games will get him another look from some team.