Denver Broncos trade options with the Minnesota Vikings

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James Lynch, Denver Broncos
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4. DL James Lynch to the Broncos

As of right now, the Denver Broncos have at least four spots on the defensive line totally locked in.

Nobody is taking the spots of Dre’Mont Jones, Shelby Harris, Mike Purcell, or McTelvin Agim without one of them suffering some kind of injury.

Beyond those four guys, the final two spots should be considered fairly up for grabs.

Veteran Shamar Stephen (a former Viking) has fit in rather nicely, so he’s likely to claim one of those two spots. DeShawn Williams, who finally got a shot to stick on the active roster and play some significant snaps in 2020, is the favorite for the sixth spot at this particular point in time.

Still, if the Denver Broncos could get a player they like with some longer-term upside in there? They might take it.

Again, George Paton had a hand in drafting James Lynch in the fourth round out of Baylor last year for the Vikings. The Vikings have had so many draft selections over the last couple of seasons that their defensive line group could include some really tough decisions at roster cuts.

If Lynch is on the bubble, the Vikings might be inclined to call up George Paton and ask how much he really liked Lynch in last year’s draft.

Lynch had a monster final season at Baylor but didn’t even play 60 snaps as a rookie in Minnesota. He still managed to get his first NFL sack, however.

He would be an interesting pickup to add to an already talented Denver Broncos defensive front.