Denver Broncos 2022 re-draft: Who could the team have taken instead?

Denver Broncos mock draft: Defensive tackle Gavin Meyer #90 and linebacker Chad Muma #48 of the Wyoming Cowboys celebrate after Muma sacked quarterback Max Gilliam #6 of the UNLV Rebels in the first half of their game at Allegiant Stadium on November 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos mock draft: Defensive tackle Gavin Meyer #90 and linebacker Chad Muma #48 of the Wyoming Cowboys celebrate after Muma sacked quarterback Max Gilliam #6 of the UNLV Rebels in the first half of their game at Allegiant Stadium on November 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MARCH 03: Calvin Austin III #WO01 of the Memphis runs a drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 03, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

Denver Broncos 2022 re-draft

115th overall – WR Calvin Austin III instead of CB Damarri Mathis

How about some speed at 115?  Calvin Austin was one of the fastest players in this combine, running a 4.32 40-yard dash.  He’s undersized at 5’8″ 170lbs, but plays with a ton of heart, and is an effective returner.

This is where he comes in to play in a big way for the Denver Broncos.  He is your Diontae Spencer replacement.  He probably won’t contribute a ton in the receiving game, which is OK, since the Broncos are stacked there, but developing into a deadly return man would be a giant asset for the team.

You’d also have two players in Austin III and KJ Hamler who can both run in the 4.3s, which is insane, track and field type speed.

His NFL comp is Isaiah McKenzie, who has turned into a viable player in Buffalo.

Perhaps Denver could get a do-over with Calvin Austin III?

116th overall – Original pick DT Eyioma Uwazurike, New Pick, DT Eyioma Uwazurike

The way the draft board fell, I don’t really see a better pick at 116 than Uwazurike, who is a 6’6″, 310-pound freak of nature.

His arms measure over 35 inches, along with his massive 10-inch hands.

He can play all positions along the defensive line and is a giant body in the middle who should excel at stopping the run at the next level.

Denver needed to get better down here, and the signing of both D.J. Jones and Randy Gregory help that.

Adding Uwazurike to the mix, who may bump Mike Purcell off the roster, is a nice selection.