There might be some reshuffling to do in the back end of the No-Fly Zone, as one of its unsung heroes appears to be on his way out this offseason.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... It's always tough to see a player the Broncos drafted and developed through the entirety of their rookie contract walk in free agency, but it's a good decision personally for Webster, who has plenty of ability to start at corner, or at least the nickel, on a team that isn't over-saturated with other incredible secondary talents like Chris Harris, Aqib Talib, and Bradley Roby.
In his four years, Webster began as a serviceable cornerback for a secondary led by future Hall-of-Famer Champ Bailey in 2013, to a versatile special teams captain that was key in flipping field position throughout the AFC Playoffs in the 2015 season and bottling up dangerous returner Ted Ginn Jr. in Super Bowl 50.
Despite Webster being the fourth corner on the depth chart of the NFL's best secondary, the Broncos do need a contingency plan in order to replace him.
Promoting from Within
Especially when Talib missed time in the middle of last season, Doss and Nixon both got some valuable experience under the bright lights in the victory over the San Diego Chargers and the loss to the Oakland Raiders.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1754386-mccoy-shares-vision-for-d... Doss, who will be just 23-years-old in year three, is probably the better product between the two at this point, even breaking up a couple of Philip Rivers passes in the Week 8 win, but both have shown a lot of promise when they've gotten reps in training camp and are candidates to break out heading into their third campaign in the NFL.
Prior anything happening in the draft and free agency, Doss will likely be the fourth cornerback on the depth chart come August, but either guy has a good chance to make the leap and fill Webster's spot.
Considering the holes on both sides of the trenches, it seems unlikely that the Broncos will address the corner position early in the 2017 NFL Draft, but at the same time, it's not unlike John Elway on a position of non-immediate need if that particular player happens to be the BPA on their draft board when they select.
One prospect they might take a gander at is USC's versatile Adoree Jackson, although it's hard to see him slipping past the second round given his pure play-making ability as a defender, receiver, and kick returner.
However, the most economically-sound draft picks might be just down the road from the Broncos.
Awuzie was close to a shutdown corner last year at Boulder, and is possibly a second or third rounder this year. Witherspoon is a more jarring prospect as six-foot-three with a mighty wingspan, but isn't quite as physical as his teammate Awuzie and will probably go off the board early on the third day of the draft.
While it's not necessary to break the bank on Webster's replacement, there are some affordable options that could certainly get the job done for a year or two.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1754332-5-impact-prospects-for-th... Unless a team wants to shell out some serious cash and pick up a first or second corner like A.J. Bouye or Logan Ryan, the class isn't exceptionally deep, but a veteran like McCain or Hall might work for the Broncos in a pinch.
It's also important to mention that none of the options are as good on special teams as Webster is, but those types of players usually grow into the role as young draft picks trying to make the roster rather than established vets.
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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.