Denver, CO- In 2011, John Elway's first draft as Denver Broncos general manager, he selected both a day-two and day-three safety. Elway did the same in 2016, following up his third round selection of Boston College's Justin Simmons by drafting Arizona safety Will Parks.
Parks is a hard-hitting, down-hill safety who recorded 72 tackles during his college career.
"We've taken Will Parks, a safety from Arizona," Elway tweeted following the pick. "He's a versatile player with really good instincts. We're glad he's a Bronco."
During an interview with Denver media following his selection, Parks discussed the pre-draft visit he took to the defending Super Bowl Champions' Dove Valley training complex earlier this month. "I shook hands with Aqib Talib," Parks said.
While Parks certainly won't be given the kind of opportunities afforded to Simmons, he will still have an opportunity to compete in training camp. While Simmons profiles more like current Broncos free safety Darian Stewart, Parks hits hard and plays with a nastiness and power that makes him more like T.J. Ward.
If he makes the team, Parks will be given an opportunity to play on special teams and contribute occasionally on defense to back up Ward. However, players like Parks often find their way onto practice squads.
Jake Marsing is the Broncos Beat Writer for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @JakeDMarsing
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