Denver Broncos: Second year players with bigger roles in 2021

Denver Broncos young TE Albert Okwuegbunam. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos, Netane Muti
Dec 13, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Denver Broncos guard Netane Muti (52) on the field in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Netane Muti, OG

You don’t often get offensive linemen with highlight reels in college, but that’s exactly what Netane Muti provided in his short time at Fresno State.

Muti was so good at Fresno State, in fact, that Pro Football Focus had him as the top-ranked interior offensive linemen in the entire 2020 NFL Draft class as well as the 37th-ranked player overall on their board.

Muti is an outstanding athlete with great movement skills, strength, and power at the position. He got the chance to play late in the season in 2020 for the Broncos with a start against the Carolina Panthers, and it was awesome.

Evaluating that game, you’re perhaps grading on a slight curve because Muti was in his rookie NFL season, but it was a very positive debut nonetheless.

Further, Muti did not struggle through any injuries in his rookie season with the Denver Broncos and seems poised to make some noise in year two.

It seems rather unlikely that the Denver Broncos would just supplant 2020 free agent pickup Graham Glasgow with Muti unless the difference in their level of play was drastic, but if Glasgow struggles or suffers an injury, don’t be shocked if Muti gets into the lineup and stays there.