The Denver Broncos third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Isaac Yiadom, has been traded to the New York Giants in exchange for a 2021 7th round pick.
Isaac Yiadom had failed to win a spot on the Broncos 2020 fifty-three man roster and was therefore traded. After a long training camp battle, veteran Da’Vante Bausby, second-year Davontae Harris, and undrafted rookie Essang Bassey all beat out Yiadom for a backup cornerback job.
The Broncos cornerback room looks to be a very competitive group going into the 2020 season and Yiadom just simply didn’t make the cut, despite the recent high draft capital spent on him. Yiadom was a very underwhelming player during his first two seasons in the NFL as a Bronco. He was extremely inconsistent in coverage, getting beat on routes constantly.
It had gotten so bad for a while that every time an opposing wide receiver caught the ball, Broncos fans would just assume it was Yiadom who blew the coverage on the play. When he was on the field, opponents would make a gameplan around targeting the receivers that Yiadom was responsible for.
Yiadom had actually earned the CB2 job (starter) at the beginning of 2019 after he had a strong camp and newly signed free agent Bryce Callahan got injured, however, he didn’t maintain that role for very long. He was used and abused by Raiders TE Darren Waller in week 1 after it didn’t get much better from there.
He was soon benched in favor of Davontae Harris, an undrafted free agent (UDFA) in last seasons rookie class who played much better than expectations and had excellent flashes here and there. Yiadom was given additional chances at the end of 2019 and in this year’s training camp but he failed to impress the coaches and solidify a role for himself on the team.
During today’s training camp practice, undrafted rookie Essang Bassey was surprisingly given snap and reps with the starting defense and he obviously caught the eyes of the Broncos coaching staff, particularly head coach Vic Fangio. Just hours later, it seems as if Bassey’s performance was good enough to force Yiadom off of the roster entirely, as he was traded for a 7th round pick.
Although it sucks that a third-round pick from just two years ago has already lost his job on the team, proving to be a bust, I am entirely in support of this move. The NFL is a competitive landscape that is always changing and teams must stay water, ready to make changes at all times.
At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what round a player was drafted in, but rather how well the player plays on the field. Elway and Fangio recognized that multiple players with much lower draft stock were playing better and made the changes necessary to address this.
Going forward, I expect the Cornerback depth chart to be in the following order: Bouye, Callahan, Bausby, Harris, then this year’s UDFA Essang Bassey.
Additionally, the Broncos could look to the free agency market to replace Yiadom. Prince Amukamara was recently released by the Raiders and the veteran knows Fangio’s defense as well as any other player in the NFL. Many fans and media members were clamoring for the Broncos to sign him before the Raiders picked him up, and he is once again available. I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos look his way.
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