Denver Broncos 2016 Positional Draft Needs

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Jason Spriggs
Nov 28, 2015; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers center Jake Reed (50) and offensive tackle Jason Spriggs (78) walk off the field carrying the Old Oaken Bucket after the victory against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Indiana defeats Purdue 54-36. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /

Offensive Line

This is a position that has been dealing with a lot of criticism in the past couple of years. And this year was no exception.

In order for the zone blocking scheme and running game to become more effective, the Broncos seriously need to focus on the offensive line in the draft this year. They have made some strides with Max Garcia and Matt Paradis in the last two drafts.

When it comes to pass protection, the quarterback is not going to be able to find his first option all the time. He will have to look for his second and third. Maybe even fourth. But a quarterback is going to need time to do that. It doesn’t help if the quarterback is always on the ground.

And trust me, not all quarterbacks are Peyton Manning who can get the ball out in two seconds flat. Quarterbacks need time. That is what the offensive line’s job is.

A couple prospects that could fill in that role are Jason Spriggs and Cody Whitehair, who play offensive tackle and guard respectfully.

The key for John Elway is to find a offensive lineman that can be flexible and rotate into many positions. For example, Max Garcia was drafted as a center, but he played offensive guard in his first year with the Denver Broncos.

While the center position is set for the Broncos, it would not hurt to have some depth at the guard and tackle position. An exceptional job so far in free agency with the signings of Okung and Stephenson. Now it all comes to having the line gel together and perhaps one or two in the draft can help.

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