Will Parks, Defensive Back (2020 age: 26)
It’s hard to believe that the Broncos’ 2016 NFL Draft class has produced so many players worth considering keeping around as key players for a completely new regime, but here we are.
Will Parks has been a key reserve and spot starter for the Broncos over his first four years in the league, and after some inconsistent play early in the season as he adapted to Vic Fangio’s scheme, Parks became the Broncos’ nickel at the end of the year and excelled.
It was an important audition for the versatile Parks, who is not only one of the Broncos’ most valuable special teams players but one of the team’s biggest voices in the locker room.
Parks has been an outstanding fit in terms of his personality type, and the Broncos would be wise to consider keeping him around for the right price.
Some seem to think Parks is going to bolt for a starting safety job, but Parks wasn’t just a full-time safety in college. His role at Arizona was more of what we saw from him down the stretch for Denver.
He did a good job playing the nickel and matching up with guys, and I would love to see him return on a three- or four-year deal as a ‘starter’ at the nickel going forward.