Broncos draft first round pick Caleb Farley

Denver Broncos First Round Draft Pick Options

  • 2021 NFL Draft
  • AFC
  • afc west
  • Broncos
  • Caleb Farley
  • denver
  • Denver Broncos
  • Draft
  • first round
  • Gregory Rousseau
  • Kwity Paye
  • Micah Parsons
  • Mile High
  • NFL
  • NFl Draft
  • patrick surtain II
By Tyler Fangman February 22, 2021 0 Comment
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The Denver Broncos own the 9th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Here are several options the Broncos need to consider for their first-round pick.

After another disappointing season, the Broncos fell to 5-11 for their sixth straight season without a playoff berth. Broncos fans will look to the April draft in hopes of a brighter future. At the beginning of the offseason, I thought Drew Lock’s time should be up in Denver after an incredibly underwhelming first season as the starter. However, that ship seems to have sailed. It is possible and maybe even likely that the Broncos look for a quarterback in free agency. But while the quarterback situation in the Mile High City is of pressing concern, there are various issues that Denver needs to address in the draft. Here are five options that the Broncos can take with the ninth overall pick in the upcoming draft.

Option 1. Patrick Surtain II CB, Jr. 6’2″ 203 lbs, Alabama

First of all, the most significant need that Denver will need to address this upcoming offseason is the cornerback position. They recently cut A.J. Bouye, one of the team’s biggest disappointments, after trading a fourth-round pick to Jacksonville for him last offseason. The only other corner that has stood out in Denver is Bryce Callahan; he has had foot issues for his whole career as a Bronco.

Surtain II’s size and athleticism could make him a day one starter in Denver. Surtain II had 22 solo tackles, one interception, and 12 pass breakups this season, along with winning SEC Defensive Player of the Year. In the grueling AFC West division with receivers and tight ends like Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, Keenan Allen, etc., Denver will need all the help it can get defensively, and having Surtain may be the answer in Denver.

Option 2. Caleb Farley CB, Jr. 6’2″ 207 lbs, Virginia Tech

Sticking with the cornerback need in Denver, Farley is a massive cornerback at his length and build. Farley has been a shutdown corner for the Hokies; he had 43 tackles, six interceptions, and 19 pass breakups during the 2019 season. Farley opted out of the 2020 season, so there could be some worry that he has not played contact football in a year. Other than that, this guy is a prototype corner.

Option 3. Kwity Paye EDGE, Sr. 6’4″ 272 lbs, Michigan

The Von Miller situation remains murky, as the criminal investigation is still ongoing. At some point, Denver will have to move on from Miller. Kwity Paye is an edge rusher from Michigan who came into his own over the past two seasons. He had 26 solo tackles and 6.5 sacks in the 2019 season. This season he had 12 solo tackles and two sacks, albeit a shortened season due to COVID-19. Paye can play all across the defensive line. He has quick hands and fast feet that let him get to the edge quickly and could be a real problem for opposing offensive lines in the NFL.

Option 4. Gregory Rousseau EDGE, R-Soph. 6’7″ 265, Miami (Fl)

Sticking with the theme that the Broncos end up taking an edge rusher here, Rousseau is another excellent option. Like Farley, he opted out of the 2020 season; there is some risk-taking a player who has not played contact football in over a year. In the 2019 season, however, he had 35 solo tackles and 15.5 sacks. He was becoming a star in the making. He terrorized offensive lines in the ACC and will be terrorizing NFL offensive lines in the upcoming 2021 season.

Option 5. Micah Parsons LB, Jr. 6’3″ 245 lbs, Penn State

If Micah Parsons falls to nine where the Broncos are sitting in the draft, he will be far and away the best available. As of right now, outside of Josey Jewell, no Denver linebackers are under contract for the upcoming season. Parsons did have some character issue stories that Denver may want to take a closer look at. He was another 2020 season opt-out, but he is by far one of the country’s best linebackers. In 2019 he had 52 solo tackles, five sacks, and four forced fumbles. Denver could use another all-around linebacker to pair with Jewell and Parsons could be just the guy.

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