Keeler: Vic Fangio, you got the Broncos draft you wanted. Time to go win with it.

Here ya go, Vic Fangio. Von Miller. Justin Simmons. Kareem Jackson. Shelby Harris. Kyle Fuller. Pat Surtain II. A top 5 defense, on paper. You wanted it. You got it.

So go win. Now.

Because clearly, we’re trying this your way. If there’s an underlying takeaway from the Broncos’ 2021 NFL Draft that doesn’t involve Aaron Rodgers, it’s that your voice, and your priorities, mattered more than the cries of the long-suffering vox populi.

So go do something with it. Now.

While the Front Range pleaded and prayed for a quarterback at pick No. 9, with both Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Alabama’s Mac Jones still sitting there, new general manager George Paton snatched up a cornerback. A darn good one, mind you, in Surtain, Jones’ old Bama teammate.

Paton gushed that the gifted Surtain, PS2, was the Broncos’ top choice all along. We wonder if he’d have said that with a straight face if North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance happened to still be on the board, but whatever, George. You do you.

Surtain was arguably the best defender in his class, another front-line Crimson Tide stopper from a place that churns out defensive mashers by the bushel. The kid’s got the size, the speed, the strength, the moxie and the bloodlines. He slots into this two-deep, somewhere, from Day 1.

He’s also the third starting-caliber corner to join the roster in the last six weeks, on a team that already chucked $9.5 million at Kyle Fuller for a year and another $30 million, over three seasons, at Ronald Darby.

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Of the Broncos’ four major free-agent additions so far, three have been defenders. Of the 10 draft picks who joined the party over the weekend, seven hail from the defensive side of the equation. And four of those, including PS2, are ear-marked for the secondary.

Your kinda draft, Vic. Your kinda sunshine.

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So go make hay. Now.

It’s on Fangio, in Year 3, to prove that he can win big the Super 50 way, with an elite defense and competent-but-unspectacular-quarterback play, assuming that ultimately becomes the non-Rodgers ceiling. That, in a league of turnovers and fine margins, there’s a lesser of two evils between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater.

Paton’s old franchise, the Minnesota Vikings, recently grabbed NFC North crowns with new Bronco Bridgewater (2015) and …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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