It’s never too early to dig into the the draft, and this week that means it’s time to start our inaugural 2021 Mock draft series! I know for many it’s hard to get too into future needs with 15 games left to be played, but if the Broncos are going to “win from now on,” I sure hope Elway is paying attention to college football.
A couple things before we get rolling:
- I’m using the Draft Network’s Mock Machine. So any complaints about draft order should go their way.
- My thoughts on prospects will change as we get more information leading up to the draft. I’m learning about next year’s draftees just as you are. At this point in the process I’m leaning pretty heavily on scouting reports and what I already know about the Broncos’ scheme. So I’d love to discuss your thoughts on the players I pick.
Let’s get rolling!
T.1.22. Shaun Wade - Cornerback - Ohio State
Following the loss to the Tennessee Titans last Monday, the Broncos are now slated for 11th in the draft order. Rather than grind my teeth over that, I took advantage. Trey Lance is hanging around at 11 and three different teams called me with offers. The Pittsburgh Steelers offered a first, second, and sixth so I had to take it. Ben Roethlisberger has his heir, and I have more ammo.
When it came to the pick I had a choice between Georgia’s Tyson Campbell and Wade. While the former is far more proven on the boundary, Wade’s experience and versatility won me over. He’s a physical player and isn’t afraid to mix it up with receivers, blockers, or ball carriers. Keep an eye on him this year as he will get a chance to play outside now that he’s returned to Ohio State.
Other than Campbell, I was tempted to take a chance on Texas tackle Samuel Cosimi. He’s a toolsy blindside protector that could step in and thrive under Mike Munchak’s tutelage. I thought Wade too good to pass up on, especially with questions about both A.J. Bouye and Bryce Callahan’s durability.
Ohio State CB Shaun Wade just announced on SportsCenter that he is opting into the 2020 college football season. One of the best players in the country is back for the Buckeyes.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 17, 2020
T.2.43. Chazz Surratt - Linebacker - North Carolina
It’s hard to forget how many different athletic linebackers the Broncos showed interest in last year. If the Baltimore Ravens hadn’t selected him, we’d be rooting for Patrick Queen this fall. While Josey Jewell looked good in his debut, I suspect Fangio knows his athletic limitations will still damn the defense against Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Enter Surratt, a freaky athlete with the range and explosiveness to grow into a second level stopper.
Prospect that I came away impressed by the most from the UNC-Syracuse game was LB Chazz Surratt (6-2, 227). HIGH energy, physical as a blitzer/tackler and highly aware in coverage (former QB).— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) September 15, 2020
9 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and 2.0 sacks.
T.2.47. Ar’Darius Washington - Safety - TCU
For the price of a sixth-rounder, the Bears let me get up to snag the heir to Kareem Jackson. Ar’Darius Washington is pretty undersized at just 5’8 and only 180lbs when he’s soaking wet, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in tenacity and aggressiveness. Reading this jumped out to me:
Physicality as a run supporter shows up often and he’s often been able to save the day as the last line of defense. While not afforded opportunities to play it often except in the red zone, he’s shown to be adequate in man coverage as he has the smoothness and athleticism to cover slot options.
The Broncos want safeties who can mirror in coverage as well as a fearlessness to attack the run in the alley. What’s more, the Horned Frogs play a ton of Quarters coverage which is on the rise as the league tries to find a way to combat all of the spread concepts.
TCU's Ar'Darius Washington (@ad_washington24) is something SPECIAL.— Carter Donnick (@CDonnick3) June 12, 2020
Natural ball skills and playmaking ability
Fluid hips and quality range
Triggers downhill with intensity
Undersized, but sound and tenacious tackler
Earl Thomas vibes?
Definite name to monitor. pic.twitter.com/xa2Co2fovr
3.75. Liam Eichenberg - Left Tackle - Notre Dame
I got three different trade offers for this pick and never thought twice about any of them. While I want to spend more time watching Eichenberg’s play in the run game and how he’d fit the Broncos rushing game under Pat Shurmur, his prowess in pass protection would be nice. I also like that he’s battle tested on the blindside with more than 20 starts and counting.
Some will hate this pick because Garett Bolles played above expectations Monday night. Keep in mind that with his fifth year option declined he is eligible to become a free agent in 2021, so even if he blossoms this year under Munchak it is no guarantee he sticks around.
Liam Eichenberg on the evolution of Notre Dame’s running game: “One of the things we didn’t do a good job in last year was trusting outside zone. That’s one of the things coach Rees wants to run and we need to run to be an efficient offense.”— BlueandGold.com (@BGInews) September 15, 2020
What grade would you give this draft?
This poll is closed
A - Love it.
B - Dig it.
C - Meh.
D - dumb.
E - too early to say.
No. No they shouldn’t.
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