10 potential Broncos whose stock rose at the 2021 Senior Bowl

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft prospect Mac Jones; Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft prospect Mac Jones; Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ifeatu Melifonwu, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft prospect Ifeatu Melifonwu. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /

Potential Broncos whose stock rose in the 2021 Senior Bowl

8. Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

One of the most intriguing players at the cornerback position in the 2021 NFL Draft class is Syracuse’s Ifeatu Melifonwu.

Melifonwu is a 6-foot-3 cornerback with the fluidity of someone with a much more compact build. His size, athleticism, and short-area quickness combined with his length and ball skills could make him an intriguing option with the Broncos’ second-round pick or if they move way back in the first round.

The traits are tantalizing.

9. Richie Grant, S, UCF

The Broncos need to figure out how to create more turnovers defensively. UCF safety Richie Grant is an instinctive playmaker who can move all over the defensive formation and do exactly that.

Grant showed at the 2021 Senior Bowl all kinds of playmaking ability and he was making quarterbacks look bad on the practice field.

The Broncos have a very “in flux” situation at safety. No one knows what’s going to happen with Justin Simmons (even though George Paton said he’s not letting good young players go) and Kareem Jackson’s contract this season may need to be re-worked if he’s going to stick around.

10. Jabril Cox, LB, LSU

Everyone loves a good coverage linebacker these days.

Although Jabril Cox is not the same type of athlete as his predecessors Devin White and Patrick Queen at LSU (he actually started his college career with North Dakota State), he has tremendous coverage abilities and was showing them off throughout the week of practices in Mobile.

So many mock drafts have had the Broncos going after guys like Micah Parsons and Dylan Moses, but players like Jabril Cox are getting massively underrated at this point.

It wouldn’t shock me if he was an option for the Broncos at pick 40, but if he’s there at pick 71, he’s a steal.