Denver Broncos: 10 players to avoid in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Tyson Campbell, Denver Broncos
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8. Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

When you look at cornerback prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, Tyson Campbell certainly stands out for his combination of size and athletic talent.

Campbell is 6-foot-1, 193 pounds, and he ran a 4.34 in the 40-yard dash at the Georgia pro day.

Those aspects of his overall evaluation have never been in question. What has been in question for Campbell up to this point is what could ultimately prevent the Denver Broncos from seriously considering drafting him anytime before maybe the fourth round.

For all of Campbell’s physical traits, he might be a fit for defenses that run man coverages the majority of the time because of his lack of reactive quickness at this point.

On tape, Campbell can get pretty easily burned by savvy route runners despite his tremendous long speed, and when he is able to get in position to make plays on the ball, he simply doesn’t make enough of them.

Over the course of his time at Georgia (33 games), Campbell had just 11 pass breakups and one interception.

The potential is certainly there for Campbell, but this is a very deep class of cornerback prospects. The Denver Broncos have a strong starting trio and a fourth guy in Michael Ojemudia who could still be a long-term starter.

Although Vic Fangio has been public about the fact that he thinks you’ve got to find more ways to fit talented cornerbacks into your scheme, Campbell may be an exception as someone who really needs to thrive in mostly man coverage to have success in the NFL.