Denver Broncos: Mapping out a potential secondary for team in 2021
Trey Marshall, Dean Marlowe, Hamsah Nasirildeen
Here’s where the Broncos will shake things up.
Trey Marshall will be back to add depth and be a strong contributor on special teams, but the Broncos will both draft a safety and sign one in free agency to compete with Parks for playing time.
Dean Marlowe is a solid option in this department. He plays for a solid Buffalo Bills defense and is coming off playing in a career-high 15 games this past season after once being an undrafted player out of James Madison.
The Bills have a good safety combination in Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde, and Marlowe could see the potential to push a guy such as Parks for more playing time as appealing. The Broncos wouldn’t have to break the bank to sign him (as they would with a guy like Johnson) and Vic Fangio and his defensive staff to try and unlock the rest of his seemingly rising potential.
On day two of the draft, the Broncos could use a pick on Florida State’s Hamsah Nasirildeen with an eye on the future of the safety position.
At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, this guy is like a heat-seeking missile on defense. An incredibly gifted athlete, Nasirildeen has great length and tremendous hitting power. He can play all over the field, even coming up as a linebacker in certain sets, and is a good tackler, which Fangio would enjoy and be able to make even better.
Nasirildeen could sit and learn from the likes of Simmons, Parks and Marlowe before becoming an eventual starter for the team.
There are some good safeties in this upcoming draft but this one would make a lot of sense for the Broncos and the team’s long-term outlook at the position.