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, Kary Vincent
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7th-round picks

7 (237): Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU

With their first of three seventh-round draft picks, the Denver Broncos took (checks notes) another defensive back?

That’s right. Another defensive back.

Kary Vincent Jr. last played in 2019 with the National Champion LSU Tigers where he was second behind Derek Stingley on the team with four interceptions. He plays a nickel cornerback role and while he can play some safety, Vincent will get his shot in the slot for the Broncos.

One of the things you love when you watch this guy play is his aggressiveness and ability to read and react to plays. He has quickness and speed, can jump routes, and is tough as nails despite being one of the smallest guys on the field.

7 (239): Jonathon Cooper, EDGE, Ohio State

After taking Baron Browning on day two of the draft, the Broncos follow up by taking his teammate Jonathon Cooper in the seventh round.

As everyone who comes to Ohio State is, Cooper is another former big-time high school recruit who became a leader at Ohio State and — here’s a bold prediction — I believe will become a Walter Payton Man of the Year candidate in the very near future for the Denver Broncos.

This guy is outstanding off the field, and on the field, he’s no hack, either.

Cooper has strong hands, a nice array of powerful pass rush moves, and some good quickness off the ball. Buried on the depth chart behind Chase Young and Nick Bosa, Cooper finally got his shot to shine in 2019 but suffered an injury and was limited to four games.

In 2020, he came out and played well in the shortened season, racking up 24 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He put some of his best work on tape in the Ohio State win over Clemson.

7 (253): Marquiss Spencer, DL, Mississippi State

Another highly recruited high school player who dealt with some injuries at the collegiate level, Spencer is a dart throw on the defensive line who could end up being a nice steal for the Denver Broncos down the line.

At 6-foot-4, 300-plus pounds, Spencer ran a 4.85 in the 40-yard dash at the Mississippi State pro day.

In all of the speed and agility drills, Spencer shined. The Broncos will need to get him in Loren Landow’s weight program and develop his full arsenal of moves on the interior.

He added so much weight (60 pounds) in such a short amount of time between high school and college and he will fit right in with what the Broncos like in terms of versatility on the defensive line.

It will serve Spencer well to redshirt behind the veterans on this unit and he can make an impact down the line.