3 First-Round Picks the Broncos Should Target in the 2020 NFL Draft
Despite a lack of elite talent in the back end, the Denver Broncos secondary has remained a stingy group under first-year head coach Vic Fangio. They've allowed the 10th-fewest passing yards per game this season.
It still looks like they're ready to rebuild, though, given the rumors surrounding Chris Harris Jr. at this year's trade deadline. The 29-year-old cornerback is a free agent this offseason and it seems as if he'll play elsewhere in 2020.
The duo of Bradley Chubb and Von Miller will return to chasing down opposing quarterbacks next season, which will only make the job of the new-look secondary easier. Still, it's important that Fangio and John Elway find the right pieces to keep opposing passing attacks at bay in year two.
With Drew Lock, Noah Fant, Courtland Sutton, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman comprising a promising young core, defense might become a point of emphasis for the Broncos early in the 2020 NFL Draft.
1. Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
Even if the Broncos elected to go with the best player available approach at their projected first-round position, Kristian Fulton still might be the pick. He's listed as the 14th-best player in the CBS Sports Top 100 and the 11th-overall rated player per Pro Football Focus. The senior finished with one interception and 21 passes defended. In the Alabama game, Fulton allowed only one reception for 22 yards. If the Broncos are able to select him, the LSU product has a chance to transition into the team's top corner rather seamlessly.
2. Grant Delpit, S, LSU
Another LSU DB that could be selected in the top-15 picks is Grant Delpit. It's almost like that place is DB U or something. Delpit is one of the more inconsistent players at the top of the first round, but if you're selecting based on pure talent, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more pro-ready safety prospect. The junior safety checks in at No. 8 on the CBS Top 100 and No. 16 on the Pro Football Focus board, which serves as an indication of just how split people are on the 6-foot-3-inch safety. Still, if someone is going to cultivate the best version of Delpit, Fangio and his defensive-minded staff are a good bet.
3. Tyler Biadasz, IL, Wisconsin
With the duo of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, it's very clear that running the ball with be an emphasis in Denver moving forward. Adding the brains of the offensive line that helped Jonathan Taylor rush for 1,909 yards and 21 touchdowns is only going to aid in that endeavor. It also helps that Biadasz was outstanding in pass protection this season, allowing just two pressures on a total of 246 passing downs this season per Pro Football Focus. Per the Pro Football Focus Top 100, the former Badger could be someone the Broncos target if their pick ends up dropping from its current projection.
Join FanDuel Sportsbook Today. New users get a risk-free bet up to $500. Join Now.