Darrian Beavers, LB, Cincinnati
The Denver Broncos really need some help at linebacker. They brought back Josey Jewell, and Baron Browning is a stud. However, with rumors of Browning mixing in as a pass rusher, the cupboard is pretty bare after that. Alex Singleton came over from Philadelphia, but adding an athletic freak like Darrian Beavers would provide the facelift needed at the position. He brings a playmaker edge to a defense that sorely lacked big plays from the front-seven in 2021.
Dallis Flowers, CB, Pittsburg State
Dallis Flowers is one of the best non-FBS prospects available in the 2022 NFL Draft. He possesses ideal size for a cornerback, and has an athletic profile to boot. Flowers excelled as a kick returner in college as well, giving him a high floor for a late round target. He can begin fielding kicks from day one.
Alex Wright, DL, UAB
Alex Wright is viewed by some as an edge prospect, but I like the idea of moving him all over the line. In 3-4 packages, he has the size and strength to hold up as a defensive end. With four down linemen, Wright can hold his own inside. New defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero figures to mix in a few different sets, so Wright fits as a chess piece.
Eric Johnson, DL, Missouri State
Eric Johnson was a revelation for me this offseason. At every step of the way, he improved his stock and looked increasingly more impressive. Another non-FBS prospect, Johnson was a menace at the defensive tackle position during his time at Missouri State and at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Senior Bowl during the offseason process. DJ Jones was brought in to be the anchor in the middle, but Johnson can spell Jones, and even fill in on the end from time to time.
James Skalski, LB, Clemson
As stated before, higher upside linebackers are a need for the Broncos. Skalski is not the athletic marvel that Darrian Beavers is, but he brings a technique and understanding for the position that few can match in this class. He can come in and immediately enter the rotation for reps at linebacker. It’s hard to find instant impact late in the draft, but there’s value at linebacker year after year. And 2022 is no different.