The Denver Broncos will potentially have to look to the 2020 NFL Draft to replace free agent Chris Harris Jr., who is off to the LA Chargers.
The Denver Broncos are not exactly going to have an easy time replacing cornerback Chris Harris Jr.
After being picked up as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Harris quickly became one of the NFL’s best nickel cornerbacks and turned into one of the best lock-down players in Broncos history.
With a spot in the Broncos’ Ring of Fame undoubtedly in Harris’ future, asking John Elway to ‘replace’ Harris this offseason is a foolish request at best.
Even though the Broncos can’t exactly replace Harris, they have to move on.
The Broncos’ current cornerback room includes:
- AJ Bouye
- Bryce Callahan
- Isaac Yiadom
- Duke Dawson
- De’Vante Bausby
- Davontae Harris
- Shakial Taylor
- Alijah Holder
The team obviously hopes Bouye can return to his pre-2019 form after seemingly playing through last season with some kind of injury, and they also hope that Bryce Callahan can return to form after a foot injury caused him to miss the entire 2019 season.
Isaac Yiadom, Duke Dawson, De’Vante Bausby, and Davontae Harris all showed a combination of starter qualities in 2019 as well as maddening inconsistency, but they should be counted on to continue developing as young players with upside.
With that said, the Broncos could also look for value in the 2020 NFL Draft. Unless Jeffrey Okudah somehow slips to their pick, it’s unlikely the Broncos will look at cornerback in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but I think any round after that is fair game if the right player falls.
Who are some guys the team could try to target to replace Chris Harris Jr.?