Denver Broncos: 10 offensive prospects to consider in 2021 NFL Draft

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft: Justin Fields. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Rashawn Slater, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft prospect Rashawn Slater. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos 2021 prospect: Rashawn Slater OT, Northwestern

The offensive tackle portion of this post brings us to one of the disappointments already on the roster. Ja’Wuan James is a very capable right tackle in the NFL and with the Denver Broncos. The problem is the team needs to regain trust in him.

Left tackle Garett Bolles publicly mentioned how James needs to regain the trust of the organization (at least, his teammates) again. James missed all of 2020 due to opting out because of COVID-19. It was his decision and we will have to accept that.

However, he will have not seen the field for a majority of two seasons in Denver. That is 50 percent of his contract Denver needed him on the field and he has been MIA.

This brings us to a position that should be strongly considered with their top pick. Rashawn Slater is one of the top tackles who challenges another player in our slideshow. Slater is very athletically gifted at tackle. He played at left and right tackle in Big Ten, but some wonder if there is versatility to his game also. This means the right tackle has an open door here.

Slater moves well for some of his size. Position versatility is something Denver has valued in the past. Slater would give that insurance policy in case James cannot play.

Some believe he fits on the interior of the offensive line but there are so many athletic gifts for him and incredible footwork he needs to stay at tackle. Since Denver recently locked down the left side, the right side can add to that with Slater and he very well might see playtime if James cannot regain trust.