Finding Broncos: Kurtis Drummond, Safety

In this edition of Finding Broncos, MHH Analyst Erick Trickel takes a look at Michigan State Spartan safety Kurtis Drummond. Drummond is an interesting prospect, but how would he fit with the Broncos?

Kurtis Drummond, Safety, Michigan State


Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 208 pounds

Arm length: 32-¼ inches

Hand size: 10-3/8 inches

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NFL Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds

Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches

Broad Jump: 119.0 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.09 seconds

20-yard Shuttle: 4.33 seconds

60-yard Shuttle: 12.03 seconds

Pro Day Results

Broad jump: 10-feet-3 inches

20-yard short shuttle: 4.41 seconds

Bench press )225 pounds): 13 reps

College Stats

2014: 72 tackles | 5.0 TFL | 4 INT | 11 PD

2013: 91 tackles | 3.5 TFL | 4 INT (1 for TD) | 6 PD | 1 FF

2012: 53 tackles | 4.5 TFL | 2 INT | 6 PD | 1 FF

2011: 17 tackles | 1.0 TFL | 1 sack | 2 INT | 1 PD | 1 FF


Kurtis Drummond has a well-rounded skill-set. The moniker "jack-of-all trades but a master of none" is fitting for Drummond. He can cover and defend the run. He has a high football IQ and understanding of angles, which is essential for a safety.

With good range and speed, Drummond is a capable centerfield-type free safety. He has excellent body control and fluid movements. He has good ball skills with the ball in the air and contests passes thrown his way.

He has plenty of experience, having started 35 games for the Spartans. He has good recovery speed and can flip and turn smoothly in space. He's versatile enough in coverage to handle zone and man concepts and can also handle covering just about every type of receiver, or tight end in the NFL and some running backs.


Missed tackles are a big concern with Drummond and it stems from not-so-great tackling technique. He is athletic, but does not possess explosive athleticism that teams want in centerfield safeties.

He doesn’t always play to his size in coverage and in defending the run. He gets boxed out against receivers when he shouldn’t. He struggles with tight man-coverage down the field, and he tends to drift away from his man unnecessarily, creating space.

He gets a bit grabby in man coverage, which leads to obvious penalties. He is not someone you want jamming at the line of scrimmage.

How he fits with the Denver Broncos

The Broncos are pretty deep at free safety, especially with the option of moving Bradley Roby or Kayvon Webster from corner to safety. Yet, free safeties keep popping up on my list of players for this series. With all the previous free safeties I've scouted for this series, the depth at the position for the Broncos make them a long shot. Drummond is no different.

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Drummond is versatile in what he can do, but not versatile enough to potentially add depth behind T.J Ward, which is where the Broncos are missing depth. He can’t play consistently enough in the box to even be considered for that type of role. He would add true free safety depth, but with David Bruton and Darian Stewart on-roster, Drummond isn’t essential.

For where Drummond is projected to go in the draft, fourth-fifth round, he does not represent great value for the Broncos. He would compete for the third safety spot, which is currently held by Bruton, but Drummond would mainly be a special teams contributor. The Broncos need special teams help, but they can get that with someone else and one who could help out as a strong safety.

If depth wasn’t an issue, Drummond would be a great fit for the Broncos. He has a style of play similar to free safeties that Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has utilized before. Alas, when drafting teams have to think about their depth at the position. Depth alone makes the selection of Drummond hard to see. Although, if they do pull the trigger on him, he has the potential to be a very good starting free safety in the NFL.

Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook.

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