Five Future Broncos to keep an eye on

Five future Broncos to keep an eye on

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  • Caleb Farley
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  • Jevon Holland
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  • Marvin Wilson
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  • Nick Bolton
  • Walker Little
By Noahsmith391 August 9, 2020 0 Comment

Five Players to watch in College Football

The 2020 NFL Draft is over, and the Broncos came away with an impressive haul of young talent. Players like Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, and Lloyd Cushenberry should make immediate impacts to the Denver Broncos for the 2020 NFL Season. The 2021 NFL Draft contains a wealth of talent. However, there are five future Broncos to keep an eye on for the 2021 NFL Draft.

With COVID-19 impacting sports around the world, the upcoming football seasons may be in jeopardy. Several big-name players in College Football have already decided to sit out the season due to COVID. The NFL, however, plans to continue with their season and draft process following the season. Luckily for the Broncos, the 2021 NFL Draft is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. Here are five players who could become potential future Broncos.

Note: These players may choose to sit out the 2020 College Football season, with one of them already deciding to forgo the season. My evaluations will be based on their total body of work in their college careers.

Caleb Farley, CB – 6’2″ 207 lb

Caleb Farley plays for Virginia Tech, and is considered a high-end cornerback prospect. Farley plays in a zone-heavy scheme at Virginia Tech, and shows great awareness in zone. He has elite make-up speed, having been reportedly clocked at 24 MPH during the 2019 CFB season. With the elite speed of players like Tyreek Hill, Henry Ruggs III, and Mecole Hardman, this makes Farley a match-up weapon that could be a huge part of Vic Fangio’s defense.

Along with elite speed, Farley is an instinctual player. Farley attacks the catch-point in coverage. In two years of starting at Virginia Tech, Farley has 6 interceptions and 19 passes defended. Farley reads concepts well for a young corner, and is a solid tackler.

Caleb Farley has all the traits in place to be an elite corner in Vic Fangio’s defense. Farley has the physical tools to be able to shadow receivers in man coverage, as well as the instincts to break on passes in zones. Caleb Farley still has plenty of room for growth, but is one of the most exciting future Broncos to keep an eye on.

Marvin Wilson, DT – 6’5″ 305 lb

A three year starter at Florida State, Marvin Wilson is an elite defensive interior prospect. Wilson plays defensive tackle at Florida State, usually lining up over an offensive guard. Wilson dominates guards in both the run game and in pass rush situations. He has great play strength, and has shown a good array of pass-rush moves to help him beat up on interior offensive linemen.

Wilson may not be the most explosive athlete, but he has a knack for creating mayhem in the opposing team’s backfield. In three years of starting, Wilson has 13 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 sacks. Wilson also has 2 forced fumbles to his credit.

Marvin Wilson could be a weapon in Vic Fangio’s defense. For some reference, think of a guy like Akiem Hicks with the Chicago Bears. Hicks plays defensive end in Chicago, but still plays on the inside where he can dominate guards and centers. Marvin Wilson could play a similar role in Denver, and could well be a high pick for the Denver Broncos in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Walker Little, OT – 6’7″ 309 lb

Walker Little plays for the Stanford Cardinals, and will be one of the top tackle prospects in 2021. Little has great size for the tackle position. He is smooth out of his sets, and plays different pass-rush moves very well. Injury has been a concern, as Little missed all but one game of the 2019 season with knee injury.

Little has great movement skills as well. He moves to the “second level” with ease, and pancakes defenders. His movement skills on “pulls” in play-action passes and the run game stand out. Overall, the athleticism is there to be an elite tackle.

The Broncos have had questions at the tackle position for the past four years, even after the addition of Garrett Bolles. The Broncos did not pick up the fifth year option on Bolles, so he is not guaranteed to be back with the Broncos in 2021. Ja’Wuan James will likely make his return in 2021, but the team may choose to cut James in 2022. Regardless, Little would be a plug-and-play starter, and could be a future Denver Bronco.

Nick Bolton, LB – 6’0″ – 232 lb

Playing for the Missouri Tigers, Nick Bolton may be a lesser known name. However, Bolton shows elite skills that would play well in a Vic Fangio defense. Bolton has great vision in the run game, and sheds blocks well to get to the running lane. His run defense pops on tape, with 103 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss in 2019.

In addition to his run defense, his pass coverage is a major strength of his game. He has great spatial awareness, and plays the ball well. He consistently won match-ups in coverage with running backs and tight ends, and shows knowledge of offensive pass concepts.

If drafted by the Broncos, Bolton could see major snaps as a rookie. His skillset is one that will transfer to the NFL, and coach Vic Fangio will put Bolton in a role that will accentuate his strengths. He may slip to the 2nd round, but if Denver can acquire Bolton he will be one of the most exciting future Broncos to keep an eye on.

Jevon Holland, Safety – 6’1″ 200 lb

Jevon Holland of the Oregon Ducks is one of the top safety prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. Holland has excellent size for a do-it-all safety. Holland also showed the versatility to do it all, playing deep safety, linebacker, and slot cornerback. Jevon Holland showed sure tackling ability, with 108 tackles in his two years starting. He also has a knack for getting his hands on the football, with nine interceptions.

Holland is an elite athlete, and will pair perfectly alongside Justin Simmons. The safety combination of Simmons and Holland would give Vic Fangio two match-up weapons to deploy all over the field. The addition of Holland could take a defense that should finish top 10 in 2020 to greater heights in 2021 and beyond.

The Broncos have found incredible value in their past drafts, and the 2021 NFL Draft should be no exception. These five players have all the tools necessary to be elite NFL players, and could all be long time starters. These five will be exciting starters for whoever drafts them, and all of them could be future Broncos to keep an eye on.

 

 

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