Denver Broncos 4 top needs in 2022 according to GM George Paton

Denver Broncos general manager George Paton before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Empower Field at Mile High Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos general manager George Paton before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Empower Field at Mile High Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) reaches for Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) as Broncos offensive tackle Garett Bolles (72) attempts to block him and is called for a holding penalty in the second half of the NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at Empower Field in Denver. Cincinnati defeated Denver 15-10. /

Denver Broncos 2022 need no. 4: Protect the QB

The final “specific” area that Paton identified as an area of need for the Denver Broncos in the 2022 offseason was protecting a little better offensively.

Of the five players who opened the 2021 season as starters on the Denver Broncos’ offensive line, I don’t think we’re going to see four totally new starters but it’s possible that Paton could look to upgrade every spot except Garett Bolles’ left tackle position.

Now, Paton is likely to expect development from Quinn Meinerz, who was a third-round pick in 2021 and showed his massive potential throughout the year.

The team just re-worked Graham Glasgow’s contract essentially adding over $5 million in 2022 cap space.

Dalton Risner is coming off of a bit of an up-and-down year, and Lloyd Cushenberry III has not exactly taken the leap into the “elite” center category just yet.

Considering Bobby Massie was a one-year fix at the right tackle position, like I said, we could be in line for a number of potential upgrades on the offensive line.

As is the case with the edge rusher position, the 2022 NFL Draft is loaded on the offensive line so the Broncos should be dipping into that talent pool as often as they see fit.