Denver Broncos’ 2021 NFL draft picks: Everything you need to know

After weeks of speculation about possibly selecting a quarterback, the Broncos focused on their defense at the NFL draft, choosing seven defensive players with their 10 picks — four in the secondary.

The biggest name: Alabama cornerback Pat Surtain II, who joins a secondary that added Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller in the offseason.

So who are the new Denver players? Here’s a glimpse of the Broncos’ 2021 draft class:

Round 1, No. 9 pick: Pat Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Surtain joins a veteran group of Darby, Fuller and nickel back Bryce Callahan. Surtain’s versatility — he played inside and outside at Alabama — gives coach Vic Fangio options with his sub-package personnel. Surtain started all 26 Alabama games in 2019-20 and had 80 tackles, three interceptions and 23 pass break-ups. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-America last year. …

Round 2, No. 35 pick: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

Williams (5-foot-10, 212 pounds) rushed for 1,140 yards and 19 touchdowns as a third-year junior for the Tar Heels. He had six 100-yard games. He was third in the ACC in rushing yards per game (103.6). …

Round 3, No. 98 pick: Quinn Meinerz, G, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Meinerz was a first-team All-America in Division III in 2019. He was a late invite to the Senior Bowl in January and had several impressive practices before sustaining a broken right hand and missing the game. …

Round 3, No. 105 pick: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

Browning, a versatile backer who lined up inside, outside and at defensive end for the Buckeyes, was third-team All-Big Ten in 2020. He had 110 career tackles, 18 tackles for loss and seven sacks in his four-year collegiate career. The Fort Worth, Texas, native is expected to compete for a depth linebacker spot and will be an immediate contributor on special teams. …

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Round 5, No. 152 pick: Caden Sterns, S, Texas

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. …

Round 5, No. 164 pick: Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana

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. …

Round 6, No. 219 pick: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn

Williams has the ability to high-point “50/50” passes as well as be elusive in the open field after the catch. The former standout prep basketball player racked up five career 100-yard receiving games, and gives the Broncos even more depth at an already-stacked position. …

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