2016 NFL Draft Denver Broncos Scheme related positional review: CB

2016 NFL Draft CB class evaluation:

In this year draft class there will be talented developmental players from the 3rd round until the 7th. Different degree of skills development required, off course. Apart the top two prospects at the position Ramsey and Hargreaves, the rest of the top class is really questionable IMO for what the Broncos like. A 3rd rounder could really be a CB for the Broncos in this draft.

What the Broncos look for:

Speed, instincts, physicality, smooth running, tackling and quickness.

Type of player the Broncos look for:

Physical and smooth runner man cover prospect. Competitor.

Best prospects related to team scheme and required skills

  1. DJ. White (Georgia Tech, Sr, 5’10’’, 193 lbs): Best prospect related to scheme and skills required.
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
3rd – 4th 3rd

General Overview: physical, aggressive, quick and athletic. Lacks ideal size but has good instincts. Underrated. Lacks elite speed but as the look of the Pro-football player.

My Broncos Evaluation: I think that, between all the CB prospect he’s one of the few highly rated ones that has all the skills the Broncos seems to like. One really important aspect is that he usually doesn’t allow yards after catches. Reminds me a bit of Chris Harris Jr. The question is if the Broncos are looking for a CB or, given the number and the skills of the CB on the team, Broncos are more willing to bring CFA at training camp and maybe find some developmental project there.

  1. Rashard Robinson (LSU, Jr, 6’1”, 171 lbs): Second best prospect related to scheme and skills required.
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
4th 3rd – 4th

General Overview: the Broncos interviewed him. Tall CB that lacks elite quickness and speed but has a ton of skills. He can play man to man and has a physical style. Will need to bulk up a bit. Has good instincts but is still raw.

My Broncos Evaluation: he could be a prospect that the Broncos could think to draft earlier than expected and develop for a couple of years. He has the physical tools to becoming a very similar player to Talib and having him on the team could help the development. Starting CB as freshmen and going against Texas A&M Mike Evans is quite remarkable. Compensatory 3rd rounder could be used if the Broncos really like him.

  1. William Jackson III (Houston, Sr, 6’0”, 189 lbs): Third best prospect related to scheme and skills required.
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
1st – 2nd 1st

General Overview: physical player that has good but not great speed, little bit less fluid in his movement than the top of the class, great sense for the ball and likes to give big hits. Looks bigger that his listed size. Really explosive to the ball and has really good sense for the play.

My Broncos Evaluation: I like a lot what I saw on him. I think that he lacks elite speed but has very good instincts and plays really physical. Good tackling technique. He has less lateral movement than Apple and Alexander but he’s the kind of CB that the Broncos like. I think there are more glaring needs for Denver to worry at the end of the first round, but if he’d be there, he could be too good to pass up.

  1. Daryl Worley (West Virginia, Jr, 6’1”, 204 lbs): Fourth best prospect related to scheme and skills required.
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
5th – 6th 5th

General Overview: physical ball hawk. Could have problems with speedy receivers and lacks elite explosion. Has good speed and good athleticism. Underrated prospect that has great instincts and plays aggressive in run support. Has solid technique on open field tackling.

My Broncos Evaluation: I think he’s generally not rated higher because of his study problems at West Virginia. His lack of elite speed does not allow him to be selected in the first two rounds. His 40 yard dash time at the combine raises red flags. But his performances on the field speck a different language. He has the size, the functional strength and the instincts to be a good nickel corner as a rookie. Starting from there he could develop his game into one of the better CB in the league. The knock on him maybe is that he really has to put the work on it and not relying on his natural born skills.

  1. Jonathan Jones (Auburn, Sr, 5’09”, 186 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
3rd – 4th 4th

General Overview: good cover corner that is used to play man to man a lot. He has speed and acceleration, good instincts and good athletic skills. He lacks strength and power and will need to bulk up to be able to play in the NFL in run support.

My Broncos Evaluation: in my opinion is one of the most Pro-Ready cover corner I saw up to now, including projected first and second rounders. What scares me a bit on him is his lack of functional power and strength. I think that the Broncos could be able, with one year of preparation to get him ready to play. He has a stylish style of play that reminds me a bit of Champ Bailey…only the strength part is missing.

  1. Frankie Williams (Purdue, rSr, 5’09”, 190 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
7th – CFA 6th

General Overview: aggressive and physical small corner. Really athletic, quick and fast. Can cover man to man and makes plays to the ball. Despite his size plays fearlessly in run support. His size limitation don’t stop him from looking like a true football player that has playmaking capability at the pro-level..

My Broncos Evaluation: I really like what I saw and I think that he could be used in a number of ways in the actual Broncos defense. His height penalizes him too much to play consistently man to man outside against tall WR but his physical style of play and his aggressiveness together with his quickness could make him a really good nickel corner and even a better S. He’s fearless in tackling and a solid open field tackler. I really do think that he could bring some good material to Denver DB group.  In addition he has experience in as special team returner.

  1. Bennett Okotcha (Texas-San Antonio, rSr, 6’0”, 195 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
7th – CFA 7th – CFA

General Overview : raw prospect that will need time to develop. Lacks elite speed and his footwork needs to be addressed. Still has instinct and is a competitor that gives hard time to receiver. Has really good sense of position and needs to work on his tackling technique relying now mainly on his physical skills. Aggressive and with very good functional strength.

My Broncos Evaluation: I do like him better as SS or FS in the NFL. He lacks a bit of quickness and speed but could be developed to be a good 3rd S and starter in case of need. Of course it will be down the line, a team as the Broncos that are looking for depth at S could sneak him up at the end of the draft and then put him on practice squad as a rookie after a first full training camp so that next year they could evaluate his progresses. A lot of upside and no downside.

  1. Mike Jordan (Missouri Western State, rSr, 6’1”, 200 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board
7th – CFA 7th – CFA

General Overview: very raw prospect that played at lower level of competition against quite low level of quarterbacking. Dominated at that level at a physical and athletic point of view. Would need time to learn and adjust to the quickness, speed and power of the NFL players. Does not look to have elite speed and quickness for the CB position. Maybe better suited to become a S, SS IMO, at the NFL level where he could use his physicality and tackling fearless.

My Broncos Evaluation: as for Okotcha case, if Denver believes in his potential and thinks that our coaching could develop into a really good backup or even a starter, then IMO better to use a low round pick to have him on the team. Since being a long project and the level of competition he could go undrafted but then it is an open competition. A 7th rounder could get him, if the Broncos have a clear picture of how to develop him.

  1. DeAndre Elliott (Colorado State, rSr, 6’1’’, 188 lbs):
Projected Round My Broncos Big board

General Overview: good size and vast college experience both as CB and special teamer. Has great size and good speed. Did very well at the combine and is somewhat a mystery why he’s so low in all the professional positional ranking charts. He could not compete in CSU pro day.

My Broncos Evaluation: I envision the Broncos to be willing to find more about Elliot in training camp. As LB James and all Colorado State team, he seemed to regress with the new coaching staff. The Broncos are always alert on local prospects, so I think they have him on their late draft and more probably local undrafted priorities.


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