Broncos NFL draft picks, Day 3: What to know about Caden Sterns and Jamar Johnson

Texas's Caden Sterns (7) warms up ...

Getting to know the Denver Broncos’ Day 3 picks in the 2021 NFL draft.

About safety Caden Sterns
Chuck Burton, The Associated PressTexas’s Caden Sterns (7) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Tech in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

Round/pick: 5th/No. 152

Age: 21

Height/weight: 6-0/202

College: Texas

Hometown: Cibolo, Texas

Notable: Sterns opted out of the end of the 2020 season but accomplished plenty at Texas. As a freshman, Sterns burst onto the scene, earning All-Big 12 honors and was named the conference’s freshman defensive player of the year. Sterns missed four games as a sophomore because of a sprained knee, but accumulated 52 tackles and an interception in 2020 before opting out of the final stretch of the season. He finished his college career with 172 tackles, two sacks, 13 pass break-ups and five interceptions. He’s speedy and solid in coverage, but must work on cleaning up his tackling in order to become a more complete safety.

About safety Jamar Johnson
Jay LaPrete, The Associated PressIndiana defensive back Jamar Johnson plays against Ohio State and during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Round/pick: 5th/No. 164

Age: 21

Height/weight: 6-1/205

College: Indiana

Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.

Notable: A first-team All-Big 10 selection in 2020 — the first Hoosiers safety to accomplish that feat since 1996 — Johnson is a rangy, instinctive player who also isn’t afraid to tackle in the open field. Johnson had 43 tackles (33 solo and 3.5 for loss) plus four interceptions last year, including two against Ohio State. He finished his career with 14 pass break-ups, and also was a special teams leader for Indiana — versatility that will translate well in Denver.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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