Denver Broncos: What does the team still need?

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 08: Ja’Wuan James #70 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 08, 2019, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /


Unless you’re content with the combination of Garett Bolles and Ja’Wuan James (which I don’t know why anyone would be), you would likely agree that the Broncos should look for another offensive tackle.

I’m not as hard toward Bolles as many Broncos fans are and truthfully, I am probably more harsh against James. At least Bolles was on the field last season.

Bolles has had his issues with drawing flags for holding and that is not likely to be something that just suddenly disappears. Frankly, he’s just not good enough to stay in front of some of the league’s elite edge rushers.

In the case of James, the Broncos simply overpaid for a guy who has missed 31 games in six seasons.

The hope is that these two guys can overcome these issues and provide Drew Lock the time he needs in the passing game, but how realistic is that? Sure, it would be nice, but the odds are not in the favor of that happening.

Because of that, the team should look to add a guy who can potentially replace one of these players permanently. Wilkinson can be a fine swing tackle when called upon and the other tackles on the roster are nothing more than a plug-and-play option here and there when needed.

This should even be considered in the first round of the draft.

Because of the way he looked at the combine, Mekhi Becton likely won’t fall out of the top 10, but if a guy like Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills happened to fall to the Broncos at No. 15 in the first round, the Broncos would have to consider it.

The team could also trade back into the back part of the first round if they like a tackle that is still on the board or perhaps be able to find a guy like Austin Jackson still on the board in the second round.