As the regular season approaches, we wanted to take an individual look at each of the Denver Broncos 2017 Draft Choices and how they’ve performed in camp.
With the 99th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos selected Boston College DB Isaac Yiadom. How has Yiadom performed in preseason and camp?
Isaac has had an uneven camp, he’s performed well in practice but has had some difficulty in games. With depth issues at the position, his development has been accelerated and he’s mostly risen to it.
Joe Woods, Denver’s defensive coordinator rose to his position from a defensive backs coach. He presided over the top passing defense in the NFL in 2015 and ’16. Wade Phillips’ departure led to Woods’ promotion to defensive coordinator but his DB roots will be invaluable to the suddenly inexperienced Denver backfield.
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At 6’1″ and 190 pounds, Yiadom offers quite the different look from Harris, Jr. If his development continues, with the tutelage of Woods and Harris, we could see Harris covering the slot while Yiadom and Bradley Roby lock down the outsides.
As mentioned earlier, the fearsome Denver pass-rush is going to give a nice cushion to the Broncos defensive backfield, allowing Roby to transition to a starting role and Yiadom to acclimate to the speed of the NFL game. It’s an ideal defensive situation for the speedy corner (he posted a 4.56 40-time at the combine).
Rookie cornerbacks will drive you crazy with great plays followed by poor decisions but Yiadom has a chance to be a diamond-in-the rough for Denver. He rated low among corners coming out of BC because he had so few targets there.
From the start of camp, Isaac has shown that he not only belongs on an NFL roster but has a shot at being an above-average rookie contributor.