Denver Broncos make major upgrades in 3-round 2022 NFL mock draft

Denver Broncos mock draft; USC Trojans linebacker Drake Jackson (99) before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos mock draft; USC Trojans linebacker Drake Jackson (99) before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Broncos mock draft; Purdue Boilermakers quarterback Jack Plummer (13) throws a pass under pressure from Connecticut Huskies defensive lineman Travis Jones (57) in the first half at Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports /

Second round, picks 49-64

49. New Orleans Saints: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State

The Saints went out and signed Marcus Maye in free agency and here they get him someone to roam around the back end with.

50. Kansas City Chiefs: Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor

The Chiefs have a ton of picks in this year’s draft and if they aren’t satisfied with just the addition of Justin Reid at safety, Jalen Pitre is another very underrated player who has hybrid potential at the next level.

51. Philadelphia Eagles: Tariq Woolen, DB, UTSA

Speaking of hybrid, Tariq Woolen is one of the more unique specimens you will see at the cornerback position with sub-4.3 speed and a 6-foot-4 frame.

52. Pittsburgh Steelers: DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M

After going with a corner in round one, the Steelers continue to upgrade the defense here with DeMarvin Leal who was consistently predicted as a high first-round pick early in the 2021 season.

53. Green Bay Packers: Perrion Winfrey, DL, Oklahoma

The Packers got themselves offensive help in round one, and here they use the other pick in the Davante Adams trade to upgrade their interior defensive line situation.

54. New England Patriots: Jamaree Salyer, IOL, Georgia

The Patriots traded away Shaq Mason to the Buccaneers and lost Ted Karras to the Bengals, so interior offensive line help should be on the way in this draft.

55. Arizona Cardinals: Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

The Cardinals re-signed James Conner this offseason but they did let Trey Edmunds go. How badly are they itching to replace him?

In this simulation, they make Breece Hall the first back off the board all the way at pick 55.

56. Dallas Cowboys: Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky

Paschal doesn’t have ideal length but he’s an explosive athlete and he would help the Cowboys replace Denver Broncos free agent signing Randy Gregory in the pass rush department.

57. Buffalo Bills: Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M

Again, the rich getting richer. Isaiah Spiller would be fun to watch in this Buffalo Bills offense as one of the more well-rounded backs in the class with three down abilities. Fantasy football players would be all over this.

58. Atlanta Falcons: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

The craziness of the NFL Draft in a nutshell. In a few days, Corral could be a first-round pick and this will look hilarious.

59. Green Bay Packers: Dylan Parham, IOL, Memphis

The Packers got Charles Cross in round one and they continue to add young, athletic studs to the offensive line here with Dylan Parham who can play any position up front.

60. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Darian Kinnard, IOL, Kentucky

The Bucs lost not one but two starting guards in 2022. Although Shaq Mason can take over one of those starting spots, they may need a rookie to take over the other.

61. San Francisco 49ers: Cameron Thomas, EDGE, San Diego State

Cameron Thomas was one of the most productive pass rushers in the country this past season and he would give the 49ers another weapon on the defensive front with positional versatility.

62. Kansas City Chiefs: Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn

Finally, the Chiefs address the cornerback position after losing Charvarius Ward to the 49ers in free agency. McCreary would be a nice value here.

63. Cincinnati Bengals: Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati

The Bengals upgraded their offensive line in round one and get another athletic option to throw into the defensive backfield here in round two. Bryan Cook won’t have to move far in this scenario.

64. Denver Broncos: Travis Jones, DL, Connecticut

And finally, the Denver Broncos make a selection.

There were a number of intriguing prospects still on the board here that I had to choose from, but ultimately, I went with the ultra-athletic defensive lineman out of Connecticut to join the Broncos’ revamped defensive front.

Jones had eight sacks and 13 tackles for loss in his last two seasons for the Huskies and posted an impressive 9.37 RAS score.

The defensive line is a low-key need for the Broncos with Dre’Mont Jones entering a contract year and Mike Purcell struggling the last two seasons with injuries.