The Denver Broncos receive a lot of defensive help in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft.
Any time is NFL mock draft time. For the Denver Broncos, that continues as the playoffs begin.
This time, it’s Joe Marino of The Draft Network with his latest mock draft and the Broncos go all-in on the defensive side of the ball in this three-round version.
The Broncos heavily addressed their offense during the 2020 NFL Draft, and the thinking was that they were doing all they could to help out 2019 second-round pick Drew Lock.
Now it is time to help out the defense.
With their first-round pick, number nine overall, Marino had the Broncos selecting cornerback Caleb Farley.
This has somewhat to do with whether or not the Broncos will bring back A.J. Bouye, as well as the health concerns of Bryce Callahan.
At 6-foot-2, and 207 pounds, Farley’s size is very ideal for an NFL cornerback.
Farley recorded 56 total tackles, six interceptions, a sack, and defended 19 passes in two years at Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, he opted out of the 2020 season because of COVID-19.
Broncos get two defensive linemen in rounds 2-3.
In the second round of Marino’s mock draft, he has the Broncos selecting USC defensive lineman Jay Tufele.
Tufele is considered as a run-stopping 3-technique defensive lineman out of USC.
At 6-foot-3, 315 lbs, Tufele could be a big part in trying to stop running backs such as Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Josh Jacobs, and Austin Ekeler.
This is not the first time Tufele was mocked to the Broncos. Bleacher Report had previously sent him to the Broncos. I had written about this months ago.
On the defensive line, the Broncos could lose Shelby Harris and Sylvester Williams, who are both unrestricted free agents. Jurrell Casey holds a $12,281,000 million cap hit for the 2021 season but it would cost the Broncos nothing to move on from him.
That might not be the end result, but I’m just putting it out there as a possibility.
In the third round of Marino’s mock draft, the Broncos add another defensive lineman in Florida State’s Marvin Wilson.
Wilson is a powerful 6-foot-5, 311-pound nose tackle who is difficult to move. He’s credited for having a high motor and has good athleticism.
Wilson is phenomenal at getting to the ball carrier.
This, to me, would be a tremendous selection by the Broncos in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Broncos need to make it happen.