Denver Broncos: Expectations for every rookie in 2020
Michael Ojemudia, CB
2020 expectation: Be able to start or watch and learn
The expectation levels for Michael Ojemudia are pretty broad, in my opinion.
I think the Broncos drafted him with their first of three picks in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft because they envision him as an eventual starter. With that said, the Broncos also have a healthy Bryce Callahan joining top trade target AJ Bouye in the starting lineup that’s currently penciled in.
They also have a host of young players from last year fighting for snaps, including former third-round pick Isaac Yiadom, former second-round pick Duke Dawson, and De’Vante Bausby and Davontae Harris who both showed promise this year.
I think the Broncos are going to approach Ojemudia’s development as though he will be relied upon to start at a moment’s notice, but also with the idea that he could spend the year primarily watching and learning for a bigger role in 2021.
The Broncos showed some faith in their young corners by only really bringing in Bouye this offseason as a veteran addition despite the ability to do much more than that.
Ojemudia would have to prove himself substantially better than any of those young guys in a short window of training camp. That’s possible, but I think the Broncos will try to keep developing the guys who have a year in Fangio’s system and bring Ojemudia along comfortably.