5 options for the Denver Broncos to consider in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Kwity Paye, 2021 NFL Draft prospect for the Denver Broncos
Michigan defensive lineman Kwity Paye tackles Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford during the second half of Michigan’s 27-17 loss at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. /

Kwity Paye improved his draft stock tremendously this past year despite injuries and COVID canceled games. Paye combined his freakish athleticism with an understanding of the game to help push himself into the 1st round conversation, and potentially into the top 10.

The Broncos will be facing hard decisions this offseason, as Shelby Harris and DeMarcus Walker are free agents, along with DeShawn Williams and Jurrell Casey both being potential cap casualties. The Broncos could be left thin on the defensive line if they choose to let their proven players walk, leaving the defensive line as a huge need.

Kwity Paye isn’t a natural fit into Vic Fangio’s system, but Paye has the freakish athleticism to dominate multiple positions along the defensive line. Paye’s smaller frame may cause him some trouble in the run game, but Paye is capable of winning against guards on the interior in pass-rush situations.

While the 9th overall pick may be rich for an unproven commodity like Kwity Paye, his incredible upside as a pass rusher may be too much for Vic Fangio and the Broncos’ new General Manager to resist.

Paye is an upside pick but would help bolster a pass rush already led by Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.