2022 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos bolster offense early in 7-round mock

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2022 NFL Draft, Marcus Jones, Denver Broncos
2022 NFL Draft prospect Marcus Jones #8 of the Houston Cougars (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /

Round 3, Pick 77: Marcus Jones, DB, Houston

Pick Analysis. Marcus Jones. 3. Houston. player. 881. Scouting Report. DB

Secondary will be an big point of emphasis for Denver once again this offseason. Justin Simmons, Ronald Darby and Patrick Surtain II are locked in, but beyond that there’s a lot of question marks at the position. Given the mass need at the position, it will surely need addressed not only in the 2022 NFL Draft, but in free agency as well.

Here, the Denver Broncos add a key piece. A bit undersized at 5-foot-8, Marcus Jones might need time to find his right position in the NFL, but a strong 2021 season at Houston has him bursting onto the scene.

Entering the season with just four career interceptions, Jones hauled in five during the 2021 season. He also added a career-high 13 passes defended as well as 47 tackles.

For Denver, finding a player like Jones who can stuff the stat sheet is a huge gain, especially in the third round. The Broncos will need multiple pieces in the secondary and while Jones might not have a defined spot just yet, his talent is what makes him a great pick.

Round 3, Pick 94: Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming

Wyoming. Chad Muma. player. 903. Scouting Report. LB. 3. Pick Analysis

Every team needs a player who can find the ball and make a tackle. There might not be a better player in this draft at doing just that than Chad Muma. When a player can tally 100 or more tackles in a season, it turns heads. But what about 142 tackles, then what? Muma’s pure mass amount of tackles is a reason to draw interest from a defense in need, but that’s not all he does.

Muma also found a way to create eight tackles for loss as well as three interceptions, two of which turned into touchdowns. He found a way to impact nearly every aspect of the game and could now bring that skill set to a Denver defense that is in need of help, especially if they lose a few pieces to free agency.

If you’ve followed what Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has done in Cleveland this year, Muma could be a similar asset in Denver. A player who can have an impact in all facets of the game. Now, doing it at Notre Dame and doing it at Wyoming is a bit different, but the skill set is there and the potential is high for Muma.