The Denver Broncos under head coach Vic Fangio (2019, 2020) have used five selections in the top 50 picks of the NFL Draft.
All five of those selections have been on offensive players.
Fangio’s defense typically produces stars out of unheralded guys, but the 2021 NFL Draft is as safe a bet as any for Fangio to finally get a defensive player with a top draft choice, and it could very well be on the defensive line.
The Broncos have two prominent unrestricted free agents on the defensive line after the 2020 season in nose tackle Mike Purcell and defensive end Shelby Harris. Even with Jurrell Casey still under contract, he’s passing the 30-year threshold and the Broncos’ young third-round pick duo of McTelvin Agim and Dre’Mont Jones will be counted on to play more.
But there’s no reason the team can’t look to this year’s defensive line class, a very solid one on the defensive front.
Jaylen Twyman opted out of the 2020 season despite the ACC planning on playing ball, and we’ll see if that decision pays off for him.
Twyman may not cross the Broncos’ threshold of college experience with just one breakout season in 2019, but it was a good one.
He finished with 41 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks.
Imagining a defensive line unit with him, Dre’Mont Jones, McTelvin Agim, and Jurrell Casey as the foundation pieces is a solid reload idea for Fangio and company.