Round 4: Pick 115
Obinna Eze, OL, TCU
This may feel too late to take a right tackle, but with the addition of Billy Turner, and an expected run on tackles before the Denver Broncos come up to the podium at No.64 overall, there’s no reason to reach. Instead, the team waits until round four to add a guy that can start early in his career. Obinna Eze comes from TCU, and brings ideal size for an offensive tackle. It doesn’t typically take long for a TCU player to catch footing in the NFL. Eze is as sure of a thing as there is after the top-100 selections.
Round 4: Pick 116
Daniel Bellinger, TE, San Diego State
Daniel Bellinger is another guy that won’t win any style competitions, but will bring immediate contributions to whatever franchise chooses him. With Noah Fant being shipped to Seattle, and Albert Okwuegbunam having a checkered past regarding injuries, it is necessary for the team to add to the position. Daniel Bellinger is the best blocking tight end available, and surprised everyone by putting on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine. His blend of athleticism and elite technique as a blocker makes him one of the most intriguing options on day three.
Round 5: Pick 152
Cade Mays, OL, Tennessee
Cade Mays is a former five-star recruit out of Tennessee. He underwhelmed and ultimately did not live up to his billing with the Volunteers, but you only have to look as far as the divisional-rival Kansas City Chiefs to see why Mays is worth the shot in round five. In the 2021 NFL Draft, the Chiefs selected Mays’ former teammate, Trey Smith, on day three. Smith was also a five-star who did not meet expectations in college. Maybe Mays can finally realize his true potential under NFL coaching too.
Round 6: Pick 206
Sterling Weatherford, LB/S, Miami (OH)
Sterling Weatherford is position-less. This is a bad thing for some people, but the way the league is trending, versatility is becoming paramount. Weatherford spent most of his life at the safety position, but has began shifting more towards a linebacker role. He is athletic enough to spend time at both spots in the league, but ultimately he will find the most success at linebacker. As stated already, the position needs some difference makers added, and Weatherford has the potential to make game-changing plays if put in the right situation.
Round 7: Pick 232
Bamidele Olaseni, OL, Utah
Bamidele Olaseni is a mammoth of a man, standing at 6’8 and weighing 330 pounds. He played primarily left tackle for Utah, but he is not as suited for the blindside in the NFL due to average-at-best lateral agility. I’d like to see someone like Denver take Olaseni and allow him to develop for a couple years before thrusting him into the lineup. With his qualities, there’s a chance that you could turn this big lump of coal into a sparkling diamond.