Broncos 2021 mock draft after big free agency signings

Denver Broncos, Ronald Darby, 2021 NFL Draft. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos, Ronald Darby, 2021 NFL Draft. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /
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Trevon Moehrig, 2021 NFL Draft, Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos, 2021 NFL Draft, Trevon Moehrig. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos got off to a hot start in the 2021 NFL Free Agency signing period, re-signing starting defensive lineman Shelby Harris to a three-year deal before looking outside the organization to sign cornerback Ronald Darby.

The Broncos also decided to pick up Von Miller’s club option after much deliberation by new general manager Geoge Paton, who watched the pass rusher market dry up rather quickly on day one of the legal negotiating period for NFL Free Agency.

Unfortunately, along with these moves came some casualties for the Broncos. Denver declined the team’s contract option on safety Kareem Jackson, freeing up another $10 million in cap space.

It doesn’t seem the Broncos are done in free agency just yet, but the moves they’ve made already have set the tone for what this team could try to do in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Will they look to the quarterback position? Keep adding to the defense?

With a projected trade involving the Miami Dolphins’ 18th and 36th overall picks for the Broncos’ 9th overall pick, let’s take a look at what George Paton might do in his first-ever NFL Draft as the head man in charge.

Denver Broncos 2021 mock draft

1. Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

With the team moving on from Kareem Jackson after franchise tagging Justin Simmons, it appears there will need to be another “Robin” to Simmons’ “Batman” on the back end of Denver’s defensive backfield.

Trevon Moehrig, the Jim Thorpe Award recipient this past season as the nation’s top defensive back, would do just fine.

The Broncos could certainly still pursue some veteran options in free agency but they obviously feel confident in their number of options to replace Jackson if they are declining his contract option and eating nearly $3 million in dead cap.

Moehrig would have to learn rather quickly to get up to speed in Vic Fangio’s complex defensive scheme, but he is exactly the type of playmaker the Denver Broncos desperately need in tandem with Simmons.

Moehrig has been one of the top creators of turnovers in college football over the past couple of years, and his ability to play in a two-high look, in the box, and in the slot will be attractive to the Broncos.