In the 2020 draft the Denver Broncos used the 77th overall pick to take Iowa cornerback, Michael Ojemudia. Because of injuries Ojemudia was forced into a starting role and started eleven regular season games while appearing in all sixteen. The Broncos played ten different cornerbacks on defense in 2020 (eleven if you count Will Parks who was a S/CB) because of injury.
- Bryce Callahan
- Michael Ojemudia
- Essang Bassey
- A.J. Bouye
- Davontae Harris
- De’Vante Bausby
- Kevin Toliver
- Nate Hairston
- Parnell Motley
- Duke Dawson
- *Will Parks
Experience: 3 years
Weight: 200 lbs
Despite being a rookie in 2020, Ojemudia logged the most snaps at CB for the Broncos (852).
PFR shows that Ojemudia allowed a passer rating of 103.2 as a rookie. The receiver he was covering was targetted often (88 times - highest on the team). Michael allowed 54 catches for 815 yards and three touchdowns on those targets. His passer rating allowed as a rookie was one of the better values for our defensive backs that season. Here’s the ugly numbers from that MASH unit that was our 2020 secondary
While MO’s numbers were not great, he was still one of the better defensive backs on the team in 2020. Only Bryce Callahan, Kareem Jackson, Essang Bassey and Justin Simmons had a better PR allowed that year.
The injury bug that MO avoided in 2020 hit him hard in 2021. MO only played in two games - starting one (week 18 vs KC). When he was on the field in 2021 he was good. He improved him PFF rating from 48.7 to 77.1, but I don’t know how much of that was sample size (85 defensive snaps for him in 2021).
His better numbers in 2021 could have been a result of him getting better as a player during his second NFL season, or they could have been a result of him having to cover lesser receivers. Many games during 2020 saw him covering the other team’s WR1 or WR2. In 2021 MO only played 10 snaps on defense in week 17 against the Chargers before playing the whole game the next week (75 snaps). MO was CB2 or CB3 in that game as Bryce Callahan got 78 snaps and Kyle Fuller got 72. No other CB got defensive snaps for the Broncos in that game (PS2 had already been shut down for the season).
In 85 defensive snaps MO allowed a passer rating of 61.4. The only Bronco DB with a “better” number in 2021 was Patrick Surtain (61.3 - so they were equally as good by passer rating allowed).
What role will Ojemudia play on the 2022 Broncos?
On the ourlads.com Bronco depth chart MO is currently listed as the backup left CB behind PS2. The starter at RCB is listed as Ronald Darby and the starter at nickle CB is listed as K’Waun Williams. As it stands right now, Ojemudia is CB4 or CB5, but he is also a draft pick of the previous coaching staff who took two CBs in the 2022 draft - Damarri Mathis in the 4th and Faion Hicks in the 7th. Mathis could easily move up to CB4 and push MO down the depth chart. Both CBs like to play physical in the run game, but Matthis has more straight-line speed than MO. Matthis ran a 4.39 40 at the combine making him arguably the fastest guy on the Bronco roster.
Assuming Ojemudia makes the 53-man roster, how many defensive snaps does he play this year?
1000 or more (full-time starter)
less than 250 (end of the bench or hurt)