Not one, not two, but three Alabama defenders in a row in this mock draft as the Denver Broncos take linebacker Dylan Moses here at No. 12. Moses missed the entire 2019 season with a torn ACL but proved himself as an elite defender during the 2018 season. As long as Moses does not appear to be slowed by the injury this season, he should easily be a first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Broncos do not have many obvious holes on the roster. They could look for a left tackle to replace Garett Bolles and positions like interior defensive line and cornerback could also make some sense. However, off-ball linebacker stands out as their most obvious need on the roster and Moses is one of the best players available. This feels like an easy pick for the team.
Moses twitched-up athlete who shows impressive sideline-to-sideline range and is a physical defender in the box. He is tenacious in the middle of the field, sheds blocks with ease and is a reliable tackler in space. His run defense ability is obvious and his elite-level athleticism at the linebacker position gives him a ton of upside in coverage.
Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has a history of taking off-ball linebackers and turning them into stars. Assuming he comes back from injury well, Moses will be among the most talented linebackers that Fangio has ever coached and would undoubtedly turn into an impact playmaker for the team.