Denver Broncos: 5 worst moves on the final 53-man roster

Denver Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Denver Broncos Cornell Powell
Denver Broncos 2021 roster – Cornell Powell. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

4. Not stealing draft picks off of waivers

This one is really splitting hairs, and is completely personal preference, but it was disappointing to see the Denver Broncos not steal any 2020 or 2021 draft picks off of waivers.

There are certainly plenty of things to consider here when it comes to positional value and keeping too many guys at certain spots over others, but for instance…

Why did the Broncos not poach 2020 third-round pick Jabari Zuniga who was cut by the New York Jets? That’s a third-round draft pick with some absolutely outstanding physical traits and three years of team control on his contract.

Why did the Broncos not poach 2021 fourth-round pick Dez Fitzpatrick or Cornell Powell, two wide receivers who could compete for snaps on offense and special teams?

Again, these are two players who are physically and athletically gifted who were both taken in the top five rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Denver Broncos had some flexibility after waivers went through, so it’s a little surprising that they didn’t try to steal either of those guys, considering they could have afforded to add them and in the case of Powell, they would have been stealing from a division rival.

As much as you want to put in claims on guys you think can help you right away, you also have to consider the possibility of some that might be able to help out down the road as well.

It felt like this was a bit of a missed opportunity.