Denver Broncos: Ranking team’s top 5 offseason needs

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Denver Broncos, Elijah Wilkinson
Oct 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive tackle Elijah Wilkinson (68) enters the field before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Right tackle

This is a position the Broncos must get better at this offseason, whether Ju’Wuan James is part of the plan or not (he will be because he’s too expensive to cut). But as we know, James hasn’t exactly been reliable and the Broncos can’t plan on him to suddenly become that way.

It’s likely that the team will bring back unrestricted free agent Elijah Wilkinson, who is fine as a rotational backup but should never be an every-week starter again. Aside from him, the team had Demar Dotson in 2020. Dotson was fine, but his best days are behind him and he is a free agent as well.

The plan should be for James to start the 2021 season and Wilkinson to back him up. But that is a bit of a shaky plan as well and because of that, this is a spot the team should invest a draft pick in. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a high pick, but the team should look for a versatile swing tackle prospect somewhere in the seven-round process.

Another option is Calvin Anderson, who potentially has a high ceiling. If offensive line coach Mike Munchak could unlock his top potential, the Broncos could have their long-term answer right there.