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Broncos Roster Review: Cornerback Isaac Yiadom

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As a third-year cornerback and one of the few with experience in Denver’s scheme, Yiadom should make the roster but will have to fight to be one of the top four.

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One of the most intriguing camp battles this season is going to be at cornerback, where basically none of the players contending for the spots has been tested in a Broncos’ uniform as newly acquired A.J. Bouyé and previously injured Bryce Callahan are expected to be the top two CBs.

But at this point everything is etched in pencil and the depth chart on cornerback is anything but settled.

One of the actual Broncos’ cornerback vets - Isaac Yiadom - will be hoping to hang on for maybe the third or fourth spot, if not just hoping to make the roster altogether, depending on how some promising rookies such as Michael Ojemudia show in camp.

#26 Isaac Yiadom
Age 24, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds
College: Boston College

The good

A.J. Bouyé should have the No. 1 spot all but locked up, and Callahan and De’Vante Bausby are the favorites for No. 2 and No. 3 (though Callahan remains a wildcard until he actually plays some meaningful snaps).

So of all the remaining corners vying for a spot, Yiadom and Duke Dawson Jr. are the only ones with some NFL experience - though third-round rookie Michael Ojemudia is considered a competitor for the third or fourth spot on the roster.

That leaves Yiadom looking at a fight with Dawson Jr. and even the promising UDFA Essang Bassey to stay in the Broncos’ cornerback room.

But the good news is that Yiadom, who had up-and-down success last year filling in as a starter when Callahan and then Bausby were placed on IR, has experience with Vic Fangio’s defense and playing under pressure against top receivers. That kind of experience can’t be discounted, particularly in a weird offseason that doesn’t favor new guys who need extra time with their new coaches and playbook.

The bad

If Yiadom’s experience is what gets him on the roster, it would be his inconsistency that may keep him off.

A decent run defender, Yiadom has flashed the capability for big plays and also takeaways but also tends to make costly mistakes.

Final word

I see Yiadom making the team because of his experience in the NFL and in Fangio’s scheme, but he’s going to have to show some big improvement in the mental side of his game in order to be much more than the fifth or sixth cornerback on the team.

But another opportunity for Yiadom could be in the safety room given the lack of depth there and potential need for a defensive back with some experience in the scheme.

Poll

Where do you think Isaac Yiadom will fit on the roster?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    One of the top four cornerbacks
    (75 votes)
  • 47%
    More likely 5th or 6th CB spot
    (304 votes)
  • 16%
    He may end up a safety
    (106 votes)
  • 24%
    I don’t see him making the roster
    (158 votes)
643 votes total Vote Now