Denver Broncos: Day 3 draft picks provide depth, huge upside

Denver Broncos, 2021 NFL Draft, Caden Sterns. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos, Seth Williams
Denver Broncos, Seth Williams, 2021 NFL Draft /

6 (219): Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

With a little more consistency, Seth Williams may have snuck into day two of the NFL Draft.

The Denver Broncos didn’t “need” a wide receiver according to many of the fans but they actually did need to, and for a couple of reasons.

First of all, the depth of this receiver class was too good to pass on the value of players that might be drafted a round or two later than they should.

Second, the Broncos have four receivers from last year’s group who will be free agents after the 2021 season: Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, DaeSean Hamilton, and Diontae Spencer. There’s no guarantee of Sutton leaving, of course, but it wouldn’t be a shock for three of those four guys to be on different teams beyond this season.

The Broncos are still deep at receiver regardless, but Seth Williams was a guy they couldn’t pass on because he can play special teams and make plays like this:

The player in that video that Williams absolutely embarrasses is Kelvin Joseph, a second-round draft choice in 2021 by the Dallas Cowboys. Joseph is a heck of a prospect, and he’s not the only one that Williams made an example of in his time at Auburn.

Issues with drops plagued Williams in 2020, not the most welcome news for Denver Broncos fans, but the Broncos have one of the best wide receiver coaches in the game in Zach Azzanni, and he’ll do great work with Williams to get him ready as a possible Tim Patrick heir down the line.

According to Pro Football Focus, just over 50 percent of the passes thrown in Williams’ direction were considered “accurate” with 30 percent of those passes considered “uncatchable”.

This guy is a big-time athlete with a huge catch radius and tons of tape from his days at Auburn that really pops.

As Williams continues to hone his route-running skills and improves between the 20s, his red zone skills and jump-ball skills will shine.