The 2021 Broncos Rookie Class

Drafted Players

Undrafted Free Agents

Getting Defensive

This draft is likely to be an outlier from a defensive standpoint. Only three times since 1970 has the first defensive player off the board lasted past the fifth pick.

1995 – Kevin Carter DE – 6th overall

1999 – Champ Bailey CB – 7th overall

2005 – Adam Jones CB – 6th overall

That the first defensive player might not come off the board until pick 7-10 doesn’t mean this draft is devoid of talent on that side of the ball. Fortunately, this draft appears to be strong in areas we want to address.

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Broncos To Trade For Teddy Bridgewater

Per Tom Pelissero and Adam Schefter:

And per Mike Klis:

Putting these reports together, it appears that the Broncos and Panthers agreed to split Bridgewater’s guaranteed salary of $10 million between them, with the Panthers taking the lion’s share of that cost, while Bridgewater agreed to an $6.5 million pay cut in 2021 in exchange for gaining the ability to become a free agent in 2022. Because Bridgewater’s contract was shortened, he will not be eligible to become a compensatory free agent in Denver’s favor next offseason.

As for my opinion, I am quite surprised that the Panthers were willing to eat $7 million in salary for only a 6th round pick, and that Bridgewater, if I’m understanding this correctly, was willing to take a pay cut to go to a team not entirely of his choosing. Meanwhile, for the Broncos they have finally succeeded at getting serious veteran competition for Drew Lock, and they are doing so at an excellent price of only $4.5 million and a 6th round pick.

The above has been corrected to include the additional $1.5 million in salary that the Broncos will take on, per Mike Klis’s second tweet at 12:44 PM MT.

Biomechanical Draft Guide 2021 Part 2

(the following is a significant update to part 1 of this series)

Sometimes methodological breakthroughs happen at inopportune times. Like, for example, the day after one has published one’s findings using older methodology. In this case, on Saturday (the day after part one of this series went up), a breakthrough was made seemingly finally enabling reliable measure of the most lateral anterior thoracic pathway. Although it’s only been a few days since then, rigorous testing seems to back up the reliability of this method, with measures correlating strongly with expected results (although more testing is obviously needed).

As such, I went back and applied this measure to the current crop of lateral anterior oriented quarterbacks. And the results were somewhat surprising.

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Offensive Thoughts

Unlike last year, when everybody knew we were drafting wide receivers early, there are unlimited possibilities for the Broncos in this draft. So, I won’t be focusing on any particular position groups this year and will just offer up some comments about a lot of players I like and a few I hope we avoid. The plan is to cover offense today and defense tomorrow.

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