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Broncos sign five members of 2021 draft class


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos have signed five of their 2021 draft picks to rookie contracts.

Safeties Caden Sterns and Jamar Johnson, wide receiver Seth Williams, cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. and defensive end Marquiss Spencer all signed their rookie deals on Thursday.

Sterns and Johnson were selected in the fifth round, and figure to compete for reserve roles behind starters Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson. Sterns was a three-year starter in college and recorded 172 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, 13 passes defensed and five interceptions during his 29 career games with Texas. Johnson, whom the Broncos took with their next selection, led Indiana in interceptions in 2020 and was named a first-team All-Big Ten player.

Williams was taken in the sixth round and will join a talented wide receiving corps. He led the Tigers in receiving in each of the last two seasons and finished his career with 132 catches for 2,124 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Vincent and Spencer were two of the Broncos' three seventh-round picks. Vincent was a two-year starter at LSU and recorded four interceptions and 12 passes defensed during his final season. He'll face stiff competition in a crowded cornerback room. Spencer was also a two-year starter, and he posted 106 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and four passes defensed in 51 career games at Mississippi State. He should provide depth behind players like Shelby Harris, Mike Purcell and Dre'Mont Jones.

The Broncos have five rookie draft picks who have yet to sign their deals with Denver: first-round pick Pat Surtain II, second-round pick Javonte Williams, third-round picks Quinn Meinerz and Baron Browning and seventh-round pick Jonathon Cooper.

The team's draft picks are scheduled to take part in the team's rookie minicamp this weekend at UCHealth Training Center.

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