Positions the Denver Broncos could Address in the First Round

Left Guard at the Draft Combine  Photo by Joe Robbins http://www.stlouisrams.com/news-and-events/article-1/NFL-Draft-Preview-Offensive-Line/3c04cb57-3df0-4f64-bd3a-fa145625e973
Left Guard at the Draft Combine
Photo by Joe Robbins
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One of the Denver Broncos’ two holes in the starting lineup is at left guard. Rather than mess up the current team chemistry by playing someone out of position to fill the gap, the Broncos should go the route of drafting a left guard in the draft. Many have predicted the Broncos selecting guards in the first round in their latest mock drafts. it is obvious  that the Broncos have a hole at left guard, but whether or not the franchise elects to draft a guard in the first round will come down whether they think there offense can handle having a weak link in that position or if they think that the franchise will benefit most from drafting one in the first round.

Middle Linebacker at the draft combine Photo by Michael Conroy http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/dneagles/202924091.html
Middle Linebacker at the draft combine
Photo by Michael Conroy
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The other major position of need for the Broncos is at middle linebacker. The Broncos had veteran Wesley Woodyard start at the position in 2013 however he became a free agent in the offseason, which means the Broncos will look for a new starting middle linebacker in 2014. MLB has been an unstable position over the last few years for the Broncos, therefor, it would be a good position to select in the draft.

Cornerback at the draft combine Photo from Ap photo http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2012-02-28/nfl-scouting-combine-2012-draft-morris-claiborne-lsu
Cornerback at the draft combine
Photo from Ap photo
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Though the talk of the Broncos drafting a cornerback in the first round has seemed to die down after the signings of Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. and Tony Carter, the team still needs help at the position. With question marks on all four of their current corners entering 2014, Verrett as the Broncos’ No. 1 overall pick may just become a reality next month.

Defensive end at the draft combine Photo by Michael Conroy http://nesn.com/2014/04/2014-nfl-mock-draft-patriots-select-athletic-pass-rushing-defensive-end/
Defensive end at the draft combine
Photo by Michael Conroy
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It is true the Broncos have a great pass rusher at defensive end in DeMarcus Ware, defensive end remains a position that needs to be upgraded at some point down the road ad Ware is aging. The Broncos need one more player to be an extremely threatening pass rushing team. If they get this player it could greatly improve their defense and lead to big wins.

Wide Receiver at the draft combing Photo by Michael Conroy http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/red_zone/2013-NFL-Draft-Preview-Wide-receivers-and-tight-ends-Philadelphia-Eagles.html
Wide Receiver at the draft combing
Photo by Michael Conroy
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The Broncos do have four solid receiving options at wide receiver with Demaryus Thomas, Wes Welker, Andre Caldwell and Emmanuel Sanders but the one thing the Broncos are lacking at the position is size. Size has always been very important in the game. Thomas is the lone exception at 6’3″. Welker, Sanders, and Caldwell are all no taller than 6’0″ and lighter than 200 pounds. Benjamin is 6’5″ and 240 pounds. He’ll will probably be available late in the first round and the Broncos will have the option of selecting him.

 

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