The Denver Broncos should be looking to add a playmaker at the tight end position in this year’s draft, and David Njoku would certainly accomplish that…
The Denver Broncos have just recently put together their new coaching staff, led by head coach Vance Joseph. Joseph has assembled quite a group in Denver already, including bringing in Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator and Bill Musgrave as quarterbacks coach.
It was clear that the Broncos’ goal was to assemble the best overall staff possible, and they liked Vance Joseph from the outset. That being said, it’s now time to assemble a roster capable of bringing home a title in 2017, because that’s the way that John Elway rolls. If there was going to be a year that was considered a ‘bridge’ year, it was this past season where the Broncos struggled to nine wins and missed the playoffs.
Needless to say, that kind of finish is not going to sit well with Elway. He has fired a coach for losing the Super Bowl, and while Gary Kubiak wasn’t fired, there were definitely going to be some major changes in the way the Broncos operate moving forward.
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Now it’s time to move on to offseason festivities, including free agency and the draft. This year’s free agent crop is looking really strong on the defensive side of the ball, where I believe the Broncos will be very active signing a new starting nose tackle and potentially defensive end as well. There are also limited but solid options on the offensive line, where the Broncos will look to make moves as well.
In a year that is seemingly poor on the offensive line as far as draft prospects, the Broncos are in a tough spot of having to identify who can best solidify positions of need in free agency or the draft without compromising their ability to compete in 2017.
I think the Broncos will make some pretty significant moves along the offensive and defensive lines through free agency, potentially signing a new pair of starting tackles, a new starting defensive end, and a new starting nose tackle. That seems like a tall order for free agency, but we all know Elway has a plan and he’s going to come out and execute.
Regardless of the Broncos’ plan for free agency, we very rarely see them enter the draft with any major needs aside from last year when they really didn’t have a great solution at the quarterback position. Because of that, Elway made it a point to trade up and draft Paxton Lynch in the first round. The new offense that will be installed by Mike McCoy is expected to be more of an up-tempo offense that will suit Lynch’s skills perhaps even better than Kubiak’s, which we all thought was a solid fit as well.
As we move forward, my expectation is that the Broncos will make some significant additions in the trenches, enough that they won’t have to panic on draft weekend and reach for someone in the first round they don’t need. With that in mind, here is my latest crack at a three-round mock draft for the Broncos, not including projected compensatory selections.