Denver Broncos: Grading entire 2021 draft class

Denver Broncos 2021 NFL Draft, Javonte Williams. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
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New Denver Broncos cornerback Kary Vincent.
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. (5) against the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 7, No. 237 overall: Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU

To think that the Broncos were able to land this guy in the seventh round is crazy and you will have a hard time finding a draft analyst that had a seventh-round grade on him. Here, he had a second-round grade.

So why did he fall so fra?  That’s hard to say, but his size at 5-foot-10 would likely be part of it. Still, he was one of the fastest players at any position in this draft and he has some of the better  ball skillsof any defensive back in this class.

Vincent has amazing anticipation and can make plays on the ball against bigger receivers, despite his lack of size. The value that Paton was able to find here is astonishing.

Grade: A

Round 7, No. 239 overall: Jonathon Cooper, Edge, Ohio State

Cooper was picked right about where he should have been. He was never able to show what he could be capable of during his college career but there is enough there to warrant a draft pick as he is better in run support than most will credit him for and he can become a situational pass rusher with the skills he currently possesses.

The Broncos don’t have great depth at defensive end behind starters Shelby Harris and Dre’Mont Jones, so he could fight for a roster spot this summer.

Grade: B

Round 7, No. 253 overall: Marquiss Spencer, DE, Mississippi State

Like Cooper, Spencer could play his way onto the roster with a solid summer, but he”s a developmental project and would have to have a really impressive camp to do so.

He’s more likely a practice squad player who the team will hope it can develop for the future. But this far down in the draft, all picks are pretty much dart throws so it’s tough to say it was a bad pick.

Grade: B