Sawyer joins Tuimoloau to form arguably the top edge rush tandem in the nation entering the 2023 season, and he's a bit of a hybrid, showing the ability to rush off the edge standing up or with his hand in the dirt. He started only three games over the past two years, and the production is still coming (7.5 total sacks), but Sawyer has a lot of upside. The Broncos could use an influx of edge rush help; Baron Browning and Zach Allen are the top pass-rushers on this team right now by sack count, and both had fewer than six in 2022.
With teams staying away from Joey Porter Jr. last season, King saw plenty of action and was one of only three FBS players with 20-plus passes defended. Penn State still has never had a defensive back drafted in the first round, but King might be able to change that.
Characterized by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney as "one of the best pure football players I've had in 20 years," Carter offers a stellar combination of instincts, agility and closing speed, earning first-team All-ACC honors last year with 77 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, four turnovers (two interceptions and two forced fumbles) as well as eight passes broken up.
The Denver Broncos have to figure out their tackle position. Garrett Bolles has had a rollercoaster of a career, at times looking like a franchise cornerstone, and at others, you question why they keep running him out there. Mims is a massive man and looks like an NFL tackle. Mims has not cracked Georgia's starting lineup but is expected to do so this season. With a productive season don't be surprised to see him enter the draft. Not many guys who look like this hang around college.
After taking Riley Moss in the third round of this year's draft, the Broncos select another Iowa defensive back here. DeJean is the most versatile corner in college football. He can excel both in coverage and as a run-defender either on the outside or as a slot corner. DeJean was the only corner in the country with 85-plus grades both in coverage and in run defense. His five interceptions tied for fourth among Power Five corners while his 15 run-defense stops tied for the most among all FBS ones.
Franklin has more than 2,100 receiving yards his last two seasons and is averaging an even touchdown per game over that stretch. Taking him over Troy Franklin (no relation) is a risk, but the UTSA star's production and playmaking may give him too much upside to pass up — particularly if Sean Payton needs a playmaker to revive Russell Wilson's career.
A certified speedster, the 6-1, 164-pound Worthy ran a 10.55-second 100-meter dash as a high school sophomore and has established himself as a threat to score whenever targeted. He struggled with drops in a slumping sophomore campaign, but Texas coach Steve Sarkisian recently revealed that Worthy played half of the season with a broken hand. Worthy's explosiveness would no doubt be put to good use by Russell Wilson and Sean Payton, especially if the team moves on from Jerry Jeudy or Courtland Sutton.