Broncos keep building around Drew Lock in 2021 7-round mock draft

Denver Broncos QB #3 Drew Lock. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos QB #3 Drew Lock. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Denver Broncos
Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa WR #6 Denver Broncos mock draft. (Getty Images) /

This is one of my favorite mid-round mock draft projections for the Denver Broncos, and will continue to be so as long as it remains a possibility.

Alaric Jackson lines up at left tackle for the Iowa Hawkeyes, but some view his NFL projection as a guard. The Broncos need to upgrade both their backup tackle spot and their backup guard spot, and Jackson is someone who could give them that.

Considering all of the football he’s played at Iowa, he’s going to come in and be well-coached. We also know how much the Broncos have loved the Hawkeye program in recent years.

Speaking of loving the Hawkeye program, how about getting an upgrade on Diontae Spencer?

Spencer looked a little better as a return specialist in 2019 than he has in 2020, and even though he’s an inexpensive option, he hasn’t brought enough value to the offense to justify keeping seven wide receivers on the team.

Ihmir Smith-Marsette can bring you value in the return game and offensively. He is a big-play threat anytime he touches the ball and he would be a fun upgrade for the Broncos at the back end of that receiver group with special teams ability.

As the NFL Draft process progresses, Rochell is going to price himself way out of this range.

If he doesn’t, he could be one of the top small-school steals in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Rochell has tremendous ball skills and is both aggressive and confident at the catch point. He doesn’t lose many reps and for the Broncos, he could provide some necessary depth at the outside cornerback position.

The Broncos have brought in a couple of Drew Lock’s Missouri teammates, how about another?

Larry Rountree does a little bit of everything well at the running back position and even if he wasn’t a guarantee for the final roster, he could be a nice upside shot in the later portion of the seventh round.

Rountree has 34 touchdowns in his Missouri career and has averaged five yards per carry.