Denver uses final day of draft to bolster special teams and build depth behind Kareem Jackson.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Understand, Kareem Jackson just turned 33 and took a pay cut to return.
Without much depth behind him, the Broncos used both their fifth-round draft picks Saturday to take two safeties — Caden Sterns of Texas with selection No. 152 and Indiana’s Jamar Johnson at No. 164.
Both will be expected to play special teams, too.
The Broncos needed depth at the safety position as seldom-used P.J. Locke, another Texas product, and Trey Marshall are the only backups to veterans Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson.
>>Video above: Mike Klis discusses the Broncos’ moves on Day 2 of the NFL Draft
Sterns is a 6-foot-1, 207 safety from Cibolo, Texas who was a three-year starter for the Longhorns. His best season was as a freshman in 2018 when he had four interceptions and 62 tackles in 13 games and was named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. He battled injuries in his next two seasons and had just 1 interceptions over his next 16 games.
“I wasn’t playing how I should have played,” Sterns said. “I just got to get better.”
The Broncos then took Johnson, who had 42 tackles and four interceptions in his junior season of 2020. The Broncos also have one draft pick the sixth and three in the seventh before they start signing roughly a dozen undrafted free agents.
RELATED: Broncos move up in 2nd round to draft running back Javonte Williams
RELATED: Broncos nab still another corner, draft Pat Surtain II with No. 9 pick
SUGGESTED VIDEOS | Sports
> Top stories curated daily just for you! Sign up for the 9NEWSLETTER to get can’t-miss stories, Next and Broncos content, weather and more delivered right to your inbox.
MORE WAYS TO GET 9NEWS
Subscribe to our daily 9NEWSLETTER
Download the 9NEWS APP
Google Play: http://on9news.tv/1lWnC5n
HOW TO ADD THE 9NEWS APP TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE
ROKU: add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching for KUSA.
For both Apple TV and Fire TV, search for “9news” to find the free app to add to your account. Another option for Fire TV is to have the app delivered directly to your Fire TV through Amazon.