Broncos begin rebuilding their defense in 3-round 2021 NFL mock draft

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Vic Fangio, Denver Broncos
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The Denver Broncos address their defense amid the possibility of losing a key contributor.

The Broncos can go a few different routes this coming April, they could, in theory, select a quarterback. However, it might be too soon to drop the curtain on the Drew Lock show. New general manager George Paton will need to address Vic Fangio’s defense early and often.

The team’s pass defense gave up 3,807 passing yards, which was 16th in the NFL. Unfortunately, it appears they’ll lose their Pro Bowl free safety, Justin Simmons to free agency. 24 passes defended, nine interceptions, and five tackles for a loss over the last two years are impressive numbers that can’t be easily replaced but the Broncos will have no choice. On the other hand, if Simmons returned, the team’s priority greatly shifts to quarterback if management has indeed given up on Lock.

Another aspect of Fangio’s defense that will need attention is their inability to stop the run. Surrendering 2,080 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground is hardly elite, in fact, ranking-wise, the Broncos ranked 25th and 28th, respectively. This has to improve in 2021 when you consider the level of talented running games that exist in the AFC West.

In a division with so many talented running backs, the run defense needs to be addressed. By the same token, in a deep quarterback class, perhaps, the Broncos can add a signal-caller too. The team does have a Pro Bowl EDGE rusher in Bradley Chubb but adding talent on the edges is another route that could be taken. Let’s take a look at this plausible scenario for Denver, defense is the name of the game here.