Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Denver Broncos Mock Draft Roundup, 2.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Denver Broncos Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Denver Broncos from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Denver Broncos, check out our 2021 Denver Broncos Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Broncos:

Rotoworld - Thor Nystrom (8/21)

13. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

If Drew Lock proves to be a standout quarterback, Denver is very close to returning to contention. The Broncos could use another tackle, but Cosmi and Leatherwood just got popped. Stopping Parsons' fall at 1.13 would give the Broncos a horrifyingly scary second-level unit. Parsons would slot in the middle between edge rushers Bradley Chubb and Von Miller. A fabulous run defender with outstanding range, Parsons is also a Chupacabra on the blitz.

PFF - Mike Renner (8/19)

13. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

With Garett Bolles' fifth-year option declined and Ja'Wuan James set to play just 63 snaps in two seasons with the team after getting hurt last year and opting out of the 2020 season, the future of the tackle position in Denver is up in the air. Cosmi can fix that with his proven track record at both tackle positions in a high-volume passing offense. He allowed 25 pressures as a redshirt freshman at right tackle in 2018 before switching to the left side and allowing only 14.

The Draft Network - Kyle Crabbs (8/19)

14. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

The Broncos lost Chris Harris this offseason and although the team did add A.J. Bouye, he is an aging, declining cornerback and the team will need some more sturdy options to pair with their dominant pass-rush. Offensive tackle got consideration here, too, but there aren't a lot of ideal options for up front.

Pro Football Network - Oliver Hodgkinson (8/16)

15. Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson

The Denver Broncos were a prime candidate for one of the top offensive tackle prospects in last year's draft. Ultimately, they opted to select Jerry Jeudy and surround Drew Lock with offensive weaponry, so offensive tackle remains a priority in the 2021 NFL Draft. Additions to the defense, in particular at cornerback and linebacker, are other areas of attention.

Jackson Carman passes the offensive tackle eye test, and by that, I mean he'S a mountain of a man with an aggressive mean streak. Despite his 345 pounds, he shows good athleticism to get to the second level making him an asset in the ground game while showing a solid anchor to be proficient in pass protection. 2019 was his first full season as a starter, and another good year will see his 2021 NFL Draft stock soar.

ESPN - Todd McShay (8/12)

12. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

Denver invested in its Drew Lock-led offense over the past few months, adding receivers Jeudy and KJ Hamler and center Lloyd Cushenberry III with early draft picks, and signing guard Graham Glasgow and running back Melvin Gordon via free agency. But even before right tackle Ja'Wuan James opted out of the NFL season, tackle was a concern. Garett Bolles hasn't been great and could be gone after this season. Cosmi brings 6-foot-7, 310-pound size with superb mobility. He still has to develop a bit, but he has the talent to emerge as a high-end left tackle. And if you want a glimpse of his athleticism and quickness, check out his 12-yard touchdown from last October.

The Draft Network - Jordan Reid (8/10)

13. Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

With the team's two biggest needs being at offensive tackle and cornerback, John Elway takes the best player available on the board, which also happens to be a position of need. A.J. Bouye was a prized acquisition, but the team has question marks after that point. Bryce Callahan hopes to return to his pre-injury form at the nickel spot. The team drafted Michael Ojemudia in the third-round, and Isaac Yiadom has remained inconsistent.

Wade is yet to spend time on the outside as he's experienced all of his career as a nickel defender. Despite that, and if he's able to show any type of consistency on the perimeter, he seems to be the next in line of a long lineage of Ohio State corners who have gone on to become first-round selections.

Pro Football Network - Matthew Valdovinos (8/9)

15. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The Broncos offense is pretty much set for at least the next four years after spending a lot of draft capital on weapons for presumed franchise quarterback Drew Lock. However, the team still has work to do building up the defense, and the most pressing need on defense.

The team brought in veteran AJ Bouye, but he's approaching 30 soon and will be a free agent in 2022. They also have arguably the top slot corner in the NFL in Bryce Callahan. Adding a talent like Surtain to spend a year with Bouye and take over the CB1 duties in year two makes too much sense here.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (8/3)

13. Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

There's a lot to like about the nucleus of exciting young talent across the Broncos' roster, but the cornerback position is unsettled. A.J. Bouye isn't a long-term option and even if Bryce Callahan finally bounces back from injury, he is ideally a slot defender. Michael Ojemudia, a third-round pick in 2020, has the upside to start, but more should be added to the mix. Enter Caleb Farley, the top corner in the rising draft class.

Farley is a wonderful blend of size, length, athleticism, fluidity, ball skills, and coverage instincts that give him a chance to be a lockdown guy in the NFL. In a division with speedy receivers like Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, and Henry Ruggs III, in addition to the size in Los Angeles with Mike Williams and a technician in Keenan Allen, Farley has the skill set needed to match up with any of them.

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