1. Denver Broncos: Justin Simmons, Kareem Jackson, Caden Sterns, Trey Marshall
The Denver Broncos have the best safety in the AFC West so it is only fitting that they have the best safety room in the division. Again, as mentioned several times now, the difference between the teams in the ranking is much smaller than other rankings we have done.
The Broncos could easily be third on this list if things do not go right in 2021. Personally, I think the lowest they could fall is second because of Simmons, with the Chargers being the one team that can leapfrog them with James' ceiling and Adderley's potential.
James' rookie season is better than any season Simmons has put together but that was three years ago. As it stands right now, you have to say Simmons is the best.
Simmons is only 27 years old and has gotten better over time with the Broncos. Over the past two seasons, he has nine combined interceptions, 24 combined passes defended and 142 combined solo tackles.
Pro Football Focus gave Simmons a 90.7 grade in 2019 and a 77.4 grade in 2020. I would argue that the 2020 grade is a bit low but he is still elite.
Next to him is a solid veteran in Kareem Jackson. Jackson does not have this massively high ceiling or anything but he is serviceable and he is consistent. He has consistently been someone you can trust in the secondary and that consistent presence is something most teams wish for.
The third safety on the depth chart is going to be fifth-round pick Caden Sterns. Despite being a fifth-rounder, Sterns has potential and was someone who I would have liked to see go to the Chargers on day three of the 2021 NFL Draft.
I like Sterns a lot more than I like Alohi Gilman.
At the end of the day, though, the thing that will matter the most is how these safety rooms hold together and play in 2021. Any one of these teams has a shot at being number one, including the LA Chargers.