Denver Broncos obvious 2020 NFL Draft fit: LB Logan Wilson
The Denver Broncos have an obvious 2020 NFL Draft fit in Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson. Why is he a fit and where could they get him?
The Denver Broncos will be connected to a wide variety of prospects over the course of the next two months, but one player stands out in the 2020 NFL Draft class as a truly obvious fit for the team.
That player is Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson, one of only two three-time captains in modern Wyoming football history and a playmaker at his position with four years of tremendous production.
A converted safety, the Casper, Wyoming native also played some wide receiver in high school but transitioned seamlessly to the linebacker position in college.
His four years of production are virtually unrivaled among his peers in the 2020 NFL Draft class:
- 409 total tackles
- 34.5 tackles for loss
- 7.0 sacks
- 10 interceptions
- 14 pass breakups
- 5 forced fumbles
Wilson truly did it all for the Cowboys and brings a versatile skillset to the NFL table.
Although opinions on his draft range are mixed at this point, Mel Kiper Jr. recently stated that he feels Wilson is a sure-fire day two prospect, while others have him sprinkled into their day three mix.
Wilson isn’t expected to test at a similar level to some of the best athletes in the 2020 NFL Draft class, but he will undoubtedly be beloved by coaches and scouts for his ability to diagnose plays, his natural backpedal in coverage, and his ball skills as a former defensive back and wide receiver.
Not to mention, Wilson’s sure tackling ability and attention to detail indicate he will be an instant stud on special teams.
Wilson’s college career was capped off with 2019 All-American honors and a Senior Bowl invitation, and he showed well in the week of practices down in Mobile. It is also notable that he’s a Denver Broncos fan.
Not that the Broncos and general manager John Elway are going to make it a priority to draft every single player who comes out and says the Broncos were their favorite team growing up, but after Elway was spurned in free agency in 2016 by quarterback Brock Osweiler, he famously stated that he wanted players who want to be Broncos.
I don’t think that has changed and it was undoubtedly a factor when the team decided to draft Dalton Risner last year, and it seemed to be a factor in the signing of Case Keenum in 2018 as well as a variety of other moves throughout the years, big or small.
Although the opposite has been true as well with Elway drafting a childhood Kansas City Chiefs fan in Drew Lock one pick after Dalton Risner, the Broncos certainly will take note of Wilson’s passion for the orange and blue and there are plenty of other reasons to think they will have substantial interest besides his fandom.
Wilson’s productivity and captainship at the collegiate level are qualities the Broncos have coveted in prospects they’ve drafted over the last two seasons. Not that all NFL teams don’t value those things, but the Broncos have made it a clear point of emphasis to draft college team captains. Risner, like Wilson, was a rare three-year captain at Kansas State, for instance.
Similar to Josey Jewell at Iowa, Wilson played a lot of zone coverage in college at Wyoming and will need to prove he can stick with players man-to-man at the NFL level, but again, his background as a defensive back is certainly helpful here.
The Broncos undoubtedly will want to add some competition to the inside linebacker group this offseason, and Wilson could wind up being one of the perfect fits for them in the middle rounds.