5 options for the Denver Broncos to consider in the 2021 NFL Draft
By Noah Smith
5 options for the Denver Broncos to consider in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Denver Broncos will look back at a year defined by injuries and youth and wonder what could have been with a healthy roster. However, the struggles of their young players have netted them a top-10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Broncos are already a young team, but adding premium talent at the top of the draft will only improve the quality of the roster. With the quarterback talent at the top of the draft, the Broncos will have the opportunity to draft a quality player at number 9 overall.
With the recent news of John Elway stepping down as General Manager for the Denver Broncos, no one really knows where the new General Manager will be looking in the draft. The fresh ideas of a new General Manager will serve the Broncos well in the draft and may lead to a surprise on draft day.
Here are five options the Denver Broncos should consider in the 2021 NFL Draft:
In the 5 mock drafts that I used as a reference for this list, Parsons only fell to the Broncos once. However, with the quarterback talent at the top of the draft, the Broncos may have a chance to grab Micah Parsons at number 9 overall.
Parsons has elite athleticism at linebacker and could be a player that Vic Fangio falls in love with. Parsons isn’t the pure coverage linebacker that the Broncos have needed, but the Broncos will be getting Justin Strnad back from injury, who the team had high hopes for.
Parsons can play a number of roles in the linebacking corps, and could even fill in at edge rusher if needed. His best position will likely be at off-ball linebacker, where he can patrol the middle of the field and play the run at a high level.
Parsons is an elite run defender, with 18 tackles-for-loss in his career at Penn State, per Pro Football Reference. He will likely fill the role of Alexander Johnson as a thumper in the run game, and an excellent blitzer from the “A” and “B” gaps.
If Micah Parsons falls to the 9th pick, the Denver Broncos should strongly consider Parsons. Parsons would transform the Broncos’ front seven on defense, and fortify an already strong run defense. This is a no-brainer for the Denver Broncos and their new General Manager.