How did the Denver Broncos stack up against the rest of the AFC?

One of my favorite parts about hosting Cover 2 Broncos is the opportunity it offers to speak with analysts outside the Broncos bubble to get their opinion on my favorite team. This week I had the good fortune to speak with Nathan Cooper of Sports Info Solutions to research how Denver’s offseason team compares to the rest of the AFC. In case you weren’t aware, SIS is one of my go-to resources for charting data and production beyond typical box stats. In addition, Cooper and his colleagues are doing a great job exploring NFL Project.

Here’s a brief overview of the topics Cooper and I discussed, along with some of my notes. I hope you listen to the entire episode to hear the conversation as well as Cooper’s insights. You will not regret.

What do you think of the Broncos offseason and the project?

  • Did the Broncos Pay Too Much to Buy Russell Wilson?

Free Agency $

Randy Gregory, 5, for $70 million

DJ Jones 3 years for $30 million

K’Waun Williams 2 years old for $5.2 million

One year deals

Melvin Gordon

Karim Jackson

Billy Turner

Calvin Anderson

Tom Compton

Alex Singleton

Eric Sobert

Bleason Austin

D. Shaun Williams

  • Are there any autographs that you really liked?
  • Which gives you pause?

2022 NFL Draft

One of the biggest complaints about the Bronco project Do they seem to have come up with a bunch of choices compared to the consensus and the SIS board of directors. Looking at the SIS grading system, the Broncos did not capture a single player who came above a 6.6 score.

  • Is that very normal when you consider that Denver’s first pick was at 64?

64. Nick Bonito

Ranked 72nd on the SIS board.

Ranked 12th among the edge racers by SIS

6.5 degrees – what does this number mean?

  • I played in the Sooners 3-3-5, a defense that uses a lot of flair. Did this increase his production? Hide his running defense?
  • 47 pressures in 2020, 52 in 2021.
  • Does it fit with Fangio/Ramez’s defense?

80 (continue trade from 75). Greg Dolcic

The 50th overall probability on the SIS board

3rd place narrow end

6.6 degrees – what does that mean?

The previous career switched to Academic All American. She had 6 assists from 30+ yards in 2021.

  • Aside from Jimmy Graham’s 3-year run in Seattle, Russell Wilson’s tight ends have not produced a +500 receiving season during his career. Do you attribute that more to the schema, the QB, or the tight ends?
  • Do you like Dulcich’s fit in Wilson/Hackett (Packers) a crime? Is he a good enough blocker to play in a zone/dual game early in his career?
  • One of the notable parts of the trade and selection is the Bronco’s slide back from the 75 cost Bernhard Raimann tackle. Thoughts on Raimann vs. Dulcich and other possible paroxysmal seizures.

115. Demarie Matisse

Ranked 27th Buck Corner on the SIS board. I think it was the thirteenth.

  • 5.9 score – what does that mean compared to Damarion Williams 6.5 or Jalyn Armor-Davis 6.4 (both went to the Ravens after 115)
  • Should a shoulder injury worry you in 2020?
  • 17 penalties in the past two seasons. Is physicality going to be a problem in the NFL?
  • Does it seem like a proper scheme for Fangio/Ramez’s style?

116- Uwazurike eye tumor

8th place DL on the SIS board

6.2 degrees – what does that mean?

Career year 2021 with 31 compressions and 9 bags.

  • Uwazurike is one of the oldest adults, having already turned twenty-four years old. How does his age in exploration affect him and his introductory degree, if at all?
  • How do you see fit for Fangio’s front?

152. Delrin Turner – YL

Ranked 15 in SI

5.8 degrees – what does that mean?

  • Free safety for anyone who has some trouble managing the alley and taking blocks. Is it a proper defense scheme that uses a lot of two high-profile projectiles?
  • Another aspect of this move that baffled me is that the Broncos already had 6 safes on the roster after drafting two last year, bringing back Justin Simmons, Karim Jackson and PJ Lock and signing on to JR Reed. How is it really fit?

162- Montreal Washington

It didn’t land on the SIS board. A 5’9181-pound slot receiver from FCS who is a return specialist.

  • Why did not make the Board of Directors of the State Information Service?
  • Word is that Dwayne Stokes thought he was the best returning player on the left and would play right away.
  • Do you like taking what appears to be a pure return on the fifth?

171. Luke Wattenberg

Ranked 11 in IOL on the SIS Board

6.2 degrees (good quality backup)

  • The oldest prospect played 6 years in Washington. Do you care about his age/structure and play power questions?
  • There has been some speculation that the Broncos drafted him where they did because he was seen as the last potential center that could compete to start in 2022. Do you think that’s reasonable given the rest of the Broncos (Lloyd Cushenberry, Graham Glasgow and possibly Quinn Meinerz) Although Hackett said it was RG shortly before the draft)

206. DL Matt Henningsen

Ranked 12th in DT on the SIS board

5.8 degrees

  • How does it fit into the rotation of the Broncos defensive line?
  • Thoughts on his Math vs Tape test

232. Fionn Hicks

Ranked 44 on the SIS board

5.8 degrees

  • Could it be a developmental hatch?

Do any of the Broncos UDFAs stand out to you as strong candidates to make the list/make an impact in the future?

The following four made it to the SIS board:

  • ED Chris Allen (5.9 degrees)
  • D. B. Ja’Quan McMillian (6.2 score)
  • LB Kana’i Mauga (Grade 5.9)
  • WR Brandon Johnson (Grade 5.8)

Who shines in the AFC after the end of the season?

The Broncos weren’t the only team that added talent this off season. For a good extension of the free agency, it seemed like all the top players were moving to the AFC by trade and signing, and then many of the top teams seemed to have really strong drafts.

  • Which AFC club had the best season in your mind?
  • Does anyone jump at you as having a big dip?
  • Prediction method too early playoff

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