Denver Broncos get multiple first-round picks in 2021 7-round mock draft

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Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft prospect Elijah Molden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Denver Broncos managed to bring back Kareem Jackson on a one-year deal, but how much longer beyond that will he be with the team?

The Broncos could go year-to-year there, but they could also put a plan in place to ultimately replace Jackson.

There are plenty of guys in this draft class that would make sense as eventual Jackson replacements, but one player in particular that would be a fun addition to the Vic Fangio defense is Washington’s Elijah Molden.

Over the course of his final 17 games at Washington (13 in 2019, 4 in 2020), Molden racked up 105 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, five interceptions, and 19 passes broken up. He played in the nickel, he played deep, and he proved he could do all of those things at a high level.

I have long thought this guy to be potentially the next Tyrann Mathieu and then I came across this video on his YouTube channel:

Many Denver Broncos fans are clamoring for Richie Grant, and rightly so. Grant is perhaps a better immediate fit to play the two-deep shell safety role with Justin Simmons in Denver, but I think Molden could help out as a dime linebacker and nickel defensive back in the meantime while excelling in that role down the road. Molden is also going to be 22 this season while Grant will already be 24 as a rookie.

Molden is violent as a tackler and he’s aggressive in making plays on the football. With his play speed and instincts, he could be a replacement for either Bryce Callahan or Kareem Jackson depending on what this team decides to do after the 2021 season.