Denver Broncos: Mapping out a potential secondary for team in 2021
The Denver Broncos are going to need to focus on the secondary this offseason.
Shoring that up will be among the top priorities for incoming general manager George Paton, as some of the biggest decisions of the offseason exist in the defensive backfield. Here, we will sit at the desk of Paton and try to determine the best potential secondary we can form with the resources provided (salary cap, draft picks).
Once known as the ‘No Fly Zone’, Denver has definitely fielded a far inferior secondary at times, despite the great play of safety Justin Simmons. If the team can bring him back, as it should, and find some guys that can get on his level, the team could be difficult to pass against once again.
The Broncos had many inexperienced players in the secondary this past season as the team dealt with a plethora of injuries, so having some better depth will be a key in addition to finding players that can be every-down starters.
Bryce Callahan, Caleb Farley, Michael Ojemudia
The Broncos will opt not to bring in a big-name cornerback in free agency and will instead ride with what they have in Callahan and second-year corner Michael Ojemudia, who will come in as part of some sub-packages.
The big splash will occur in the draft, where the Broncos will take Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley in the first round. And yes, give me Farley over Patrick Surtain.
At 6-foot-2, Farley has great size which he pairs with tremendous athleticism. He was a quarterback in high school, came to college as a wide receiver and then moved to defense, where in a short amount of time has made himself a first-round prospect.
He has exceptional skills in man coverage and can certainly be a shutdown corner at the next level. He does have a troubling injury history and will need to be a better tackler, but this guy is a tremendous prospect who the Broncos would be lucky to snag.