5. Cory Littleton, linebacker (Rams)
Although I was pretty opposed at first to the idea that the Broncos would release Todd Davis when he counts merely $6 million against the cap next year, the idea of pursuing some of the players in this free agent class has become too intriguing to ignore.
Alexander Johnson is a guy I would trust working almost exclusively in the box and blitzing, and Cory Littleton could be his perfect complement.
Littleton is one of the best coverage linebackers in the NFL, and while he’s not necessarily the run defender Todd Davis is, Littleton could provide the Broncos with a substantial boost to their overall defensive speed and ability to cover guys like Travis Kelce or Damien Williams out of the backfield.
The Broncos would likely have to pay a hefty price to get Littleton in free agency, but having he and Alexander Johnson at inside linebacker would give Vic Fangio a pair of super-athletic linebackers who can grow together and complement each other for the foreseeable future.
Littleton has 259 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 22 pass breakups the past two seasons to go along with five interceptions.
He’s a playmaker and at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds, he and the 6-foot-3 Johnson would give the Broncos some intimidating figures in between Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.