Grading the 2019 Denver Broncos cornerbacks

In a position that struggled in 2019, there were some cornerbacks that showed some promise for the Broncos. We grade their performance.

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DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 13: Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos stands on the field before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High on October 13, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The 2020 free agent signing period has begun and the Denver Broncos are on the way to improving the team. One of the big needs remaining is at the cornerback position. Chris Harris Jr., the last remaining member of the vaunted No Fly Zone, has moved on to the Los Angeles Chargers.

This group was led by Chris Harris Jr., who ended up holding out in order to get a richer one year deal from the Broncos in 2019. Sadly, he did not perform as well as the contract indicated. But more on that later.

For the majority of the 2019 season, we saw a lot of young talent at the position. Perhaps those players can help out and make an impact for the team beyond the upcoming season.

The team did end up trading for Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye. He is a definite improvement at the position. But the team will be looking for a player that can compliment him.

In the meantime, let us take a look at the grades for the Broncos players who suited up as cornerbacks in 2019.

Chris Harris Jr.

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 29: Chris Harris Jr. #25 of the Denver Broncos walks on the field before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High on December 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

2019 Stats: 56 tackles, one interception, six passes defended, one forced fumble

For what was supposed to be a prove it year to the Denver Broncos, Chris Harris Jr. disappointed. Just about every time that he took the field, it was either going to be very promising or would give us moments that would leave us scratching our heads.

There were plenty of times during the season that my IN-COM-PLETE!!! co-host Kelly and I would ask the question "who?" in regards to Chris Harris Jr.'s coverage. He let Stefon Diggs loose on a key touchdown in Minnesota.

As he is my favorite player, it was really tough to see this develop. But I can firmly say that I am happy that I got to see his only interception of the season live as I was at the Broncos vs. Titans game.

Within the first minute of the new league year, he announced that he was signing with the Los Angeles Chargers. I wish him the best.

As far as his grade, I cannot give him anything higher than what his performance showed.

Grade: C

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Isaac Yiadom

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HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 8: Isaac Yiadom #26 of the Denver Broncos smiles on the field in the first half of a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 8, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Broncos defeated the Texans 38-24. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

2019 Stats: 43 tackles, four passes defended

The first four games of the season were just downright terrible for Isaac Yiadom. He would consistently be called for pass interference and if that was not happening, he was getting beat in the passing game.

His performance caused a change as the Broncos went with De'Vante Bausby for the time being. But there are just not enough words for his performance. He did show some signs of improvement as the season went along when he was re-inserted into the lineup.

He could find himself in that role or as a backup in 2020. But until he can get it figured out, it will be very challenging to trust him.

Grade: D

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De'Vante Bausby

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Cornerback DeVante Bausby #41 of the Denver Broncos defends on the play against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on September 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Jaguars defeated the Broncos 26-24. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

2019 Stats: 13 tackles, three passes defended

De'Vante Bausby was one of the players for the Broncos that came over from the Alliance of American Football league that shut down operations last season. It was a true shame because of how popular it was becoming. But Elway was able to sign a player that had shown so much promise in that league.

Bausby surely did not disappoint for the longest time. While his numbers are not particularly high, he showed what he was capable of in the preseason. He would finally get his chance to start and was doing well.

Unfortunately, he would suffer a scary injury that forced him out for the remainder of the season. Denver decided to bring him back on a one year deal. I can't wait to see what he can do in year two.

Because of his limited time, I will not be assigning a grade for him. If Denver does bring him back, watch out!

Grade: N/A

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Davontae Harris

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 22: Davontae Harris #27 of the Denver Broncos plays defense against the Detroit Lions int he first quarter of a game at Empower Field on December 22, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

2019 Stats: 35 tackles, three passes defended

With all of the injuries and inconsistencies of the cornerback position, the Denver Broncos decided to give a former Bengal a chance to shine.

And he did pretty well all things considered. He became a force in the Broncos secondary.

He did not come up with any big time flashy plays, but he played the position well and could give John Elway and the Broncos brass an option as the nickel cornerback or a spot start.

I am very intrigued on how well he can perform next season. He could be a diamond in the rough at this position.

Grade: B


The Denver Broncos are going to need a little more help at the cornerback position. But it seems they have some sort of plan to attack it.

They already have Bouye coming in to play one of the corner positions. The team could look at one of the two in Bausby and Davontae Harris to help.

The team could also look at free agency and the draft to help out. There are plenty of options available. I am hopeful that John Elway can get this all sorted out.

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Cornerback will need to bounce back in a big way in 2020. It appears the moves are in place. Now it is time to execute.