2022 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos 7-round mock

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Denver Broncos mock draft, Brad Hawkins
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 04: Brad Hawkins #2 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts in the third quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 04, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Round 6: Brad Hawkins

Hawkins doesn’t have elite athleticism for the safety position but he gave Michigan quality production in the secondary last season. The Broncos would be fortunate to grab a guy like him who can be a backup safety and quality special teams contributor in Round 6.

He lacks the speed required to operate at free safety which will limit him to the strong safety spot in the pros. Hawkins should do his best work the closer he lines up to the line of scrimmage. If he can put on a bit more quality weight he should profile as a solid run defender from his safety spot.

Round 7: Velus Jonen, Jr.

Jones isn’t a complicated route-runner, but his raw speed gives him a chance to create space against a variety of cornerbacks. His most appealing attribute as a pro actually comes after he catches the ball. His run after the catch production at Tennessee is generating a lot of attention from scouts around the NFL.

The former Volunteers’ standout gets extra credit for his ability to help Denver on special teams as well. He profiles right away as a guy who can help the Broncos in the return game. That’s a nice bonus for Denver’s final pick in this year’s draft.

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