With the twelvth overall pick in the 2018 Steven Ridley NFL Mock Draft, the Denver Broncos select:
Denzel Ward; Defensive Back from Ohio State University.
If there is one thing that John Elway loves, it is cornerbacks; second only to pass rushers. Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby and Aquib Talib were part of one of football’s greatest defenses in the “No Fly Zone”. Since that 2015 run though, Aquib just has not been the same; hence is subsequent trade to the Los Angeles Rams and the once vaunted “No Fly Zone” looked like the “Safe Airspace” instead. To that end, someone like Denzel Ward can easily fix this problem. Sure, being under 5’11 is going to be quite the issue going up against your future rivals in Mike Williams or Amari Cooper but Ward makes up for his lack of height with some serious edge to his game. Nothing seems to faze him and his footwork and hip fluidity are something to see. One underrated aspect to his game is his physical style of play in the running game; something I am sure Vance Joseph will love to see. Considering they already have their pass rush in Von Miller and Shane Ray, the remaining issue to retool their defense is to nab another cornerback. With Denzel Ward, Bradley Roby and Chris Harris Jr., while it may no longer be the “No Fly Zone”, look for Denver’s defense to redeem itself in 2018.