Denver Broncos defense only 2021 NFL mock draft

Penn State linebacker, Denver Broncos 2021 draft prospect Micah Parsons. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Penn State linebacker, Denver Broncos 2021 draft prospect Micah Parsons. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /
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Micah Parsons, Denver Broncos 2021 mock draft
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Denver Broncos defense only 2021 NFL mock draft.

The Denver Broncos are one week away from officially being into full offseason mode.

The team’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers pushed them into the top 10 of the overall 2021 NFL Draft order, just making the cut at 10th overall.

Truly the only perk to losing games is getting a better draft standing, and even then, the sting of defeat has to wear off before accepting the exciting draft position can be palatable.

The Broncos, as we head into week 17, are poised for a top-15 pick again. They could get as high as the fifth overall pick depending on how this week of games plays out.

How will the Broncos use their draft picks in 2021? Even though it’s not always likely that one side of the ball gets all of the attention, it would make some sense for the Broncos to completely emphasize defense early on in the 2021 NFL Draft. What if they do that?

Here is a mock draft scenario where the Broncos spend their top three picks on defense.

Picking 10th overall, the Broncos may actually have a shot at one of the top three defensive prospects in this class: Penn State’s Micah Parsons, Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley, and Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II.

In this mock draft scenario, the Broncos finally land a first-round linebacker, something they’ve been flirting with for a couple of offseasons.

In 2019, Vic Fangio’s first year with the team, the Broncos nearly used their top pick on Michigan linebacker Devin Bush. In 2020, they were in talks to move back into the first round for LSU linebacker Patrick Queen.

As well as Alexander Johnson and Josey Jewell have played on a whole in 2020, a playmaker like Parsons would raise all boats on that side of the ball.

Parsons is the definition of a playmaker defensively and could be a weapon for the Broncos in a variety of ways. He is not limited to an off-ball linebacker role and frankly, Parsons is one of the best natural pass rushers in this draft when he’s asked to do it.

At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Parsons is a missile on the field and one of the best athletes pound-for-pound in this draft class.

He opted out of the 2020 season to focus on draft preparations but there’s no doubting his star quality. If he falls to the Broncos he would be a tremendous asset immediately.