Denver Broncos add defensive firepower in 7-round mock draft
By Noah Smith
Round 2, Pick 46. Jackson Carman, T Clemson
6’5″, 335 lbs
Jackson Carman is one of the top tackle prospects in 2021 and may not be available in the 2nd round. For this mock draft, however, he was too valuable to pass up.
Carman has a huge frame, and rarely gets bullied on the edge with a bull-rush move. He is a mauler in the run game and has improved in pass protection. While playing for Clemson, Carman has seen elite edge defenders, notably second overall pick in the 2020 Draft Chase Young.
The outstanding play of Garett Bolles means that Carman likely won’t fill a role in his rookie season. Additionally, tackle Ja’Wuan James will return to the team in 2021 after sitting out of the 2020 NFL Season due to COVID-19.
However, should the Broncos fail to reach a long-term extension with Bolles, Carman could slide right in for the 2022 NFL Season. The Broncos could also choose to move on from Ja’Wuan James after the 2022 Season with little to no dead cap hit, per Overthecap.
Along with James’ contract situation, his injury history is extensive. James has only played a full season three times in his seven-year career. Even if James comes back ready for the 2021 NFL Season, history suggests he likely won’t play a full season, leaving Carman as the backup swing tackle.
Overall, Carman will serve as an excellent developmental tackle who can be ready to play his rookie season. Allowing Carman to sit and learn the NFL game will only help his development, while likely seeing the field due to injuries throughout the season. Carman should see a full time starting in 2022.
Here’s what others have to say about Carman:
Number 39 overall player on The Draft Network.
"[Carmen’s] a road-grader in the run game that creates plenty of movement. Generally does well to reach his set point in pass protection and set roadblocks up the arc. Anchor is stout and no pass-rusher is going through him. The Draft Network"
Number 71 overall player on Pro Football Focus.
"Carman is an ox of a left tackle at 6’5″, 335 lbs. He’s improved in pass protection as well, with only four pressures allowed on the [2019 College Football] season. Pro Football Focus"