Projecting 2014 Denver Broncos Starters on Defense

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Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Danny Trevathan

Weakside Linebacker,

Trevathan led the Broncos in tackles last season, and also was able to force seven turnovers. He emerged in the same position we had seen Wesley Woodyard absolutely take off in back in 2012, and should again be in line to post huge numbers for the Broncos. This is an emerging stud in the NFL who excels in coverage as well as flying sideline to sideline and playing aggressive.
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Nate Irving

Inside Linebacker,

Drafted in the third round back in 2011, Irving had sort of a breakout end to last season. I think he’s ready to put together a full season of solid play for the Broncos at the ILB spot, where he has played very little despite being his natural position. As the backup to Von Miller, Irving played some there this past season and has established himself on special teams, but as high as he was drafted he’s been sort of a disappointment to this point. He needs a breakout year in 2014.
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Von Miller

Strong-side Linebacker,

Back to his 2012 playing weight, Von Miller is working his way back from a torn ACL and is ready to get after QBs with his mentor and role model DeMarcus Ware. I have no worries about Von if he’s able to return healthy. He is one of the best pass rushers in the entire league.
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