You can never have too many quality safeties, right?
Apparently that's how John Elway and the rest of the Denver Broncos front office feel. Despite having two Pro-Bowl starters at the position along with a pair of promising reinforcements entering their second season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle has reported that the Broncos are interested in Penn State strong safety Malik Golden.
Just exactly strong was Golden's Penn State Pro Day? The 23-year-old prospect ran a 4.5 40-yard dash, put up 16 reps of 225 pounds, and had a vertical jump of 35 inches. That's some serious athleticism from a player who's known as more of a thumper at the safety position, like T.J. Ward.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... Golden will probably end up going in the third day of the NFL Draft, potentially another late-round sleeper that the Broncos have been so adept at identifying in the recent years. He's more of an aggressive run-stopper than he is a ball-hawking center fielder, and at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, could end up playing the box safety-linebacker hybrid like Deone Bucannon does for the Arizona Cardinals.
While the Broncos obviously have plenty of depth at safety this season, T.J. Ward is an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Darian Stewart signed a four-year extension in the middle of last season, and both Justin Simmons and Will Parks had strong rookie seasons in the secondary. So, essentially, drafting a safety at this point (and the same goes for drafting a cornerback) would be more of a contingency plan that a need.
Elway has shown foresight in building Denver's defense, so drafting Malik Golden wouldn't be out of character for the Broncos GM.