Broncos 7-round 2021 mock draft: Offensive tackle early?

Denver Broncos GM John Elway. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Richard LeCounte, Denver Broncos
Richard LeCounte, Broncos 2021 draft prospect. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

Another area of the defensive backfield that will need some touching up?

The safety position.

Justin Simmons, playing on the franchise tag, is a free agent in 2021. Fellow starter Kareem Jackson is in a contract year in 2021 and has one of the biggest cap hits on the team.

Trey Marshall hasn’t gotten enough playing time defensively to say definitively that the Broncos could actually count on him if they needed him to start.

Could Will Parks be brought back?

The safety position needs attention and potentially even a starter as soon as 2021.

Richard LeCounte III has been a tremendous playmaker for the Georgia Bulldogs and a leader in that secondary over the past few years. He’s a smart player who looks like he could make the switch to the NFL pretty seamlessly, even if his physical traits are not those of a top 64 pick.

He has seven interceptions over the past two seasons, and has proven himself to be somewhat of a ball magnet with four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, and eight interceptions over the course of his four years at Georgia.

He has that kind of veteran mentality the Broncos have been favoring in their mid-round selections of late, and might be the ideal Kareem Jackson replacement.