Where does Denver Broncos defensive front seven rank in AFC West?

Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
3 of 4
Denver Broncos
DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 12: Dre’Mont Jones #93 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after sacking Jared Goff #16 of the Detroit Lions (not in photo) during the first quarter at Empower Field At Mile High on December 12, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Where does Denver Broncos front seven rank in AFC West?

2. Denver Broncos

The second-best front seven unit in the AFC West goes to the Denver Broncos.  I think they just barely edge out the Raiders here.

Denver added Randy Gregory and D.J. Jones in free agency.  Gregory is a quality pass rusher who used to play for the Cowboys, and Jones was the best run-stuffer in the NFL this season.

Adding these two to a unit that already features Bradley Chubb and Dre’Mont Jones makes them a very good unit.

To take it a step further, Denver also added more players to this group in the NFL Draft, taking edge rusher Nik Bonitto, and two defensive linemen in Matt Henningsen and Eyioma Uwazurike.

The latter two figure to start the season as depth pieces, and I think Bonitto could crack the starting lineup, depending on how defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero plans on using Randy Gregory.

As for the inside linebackers, we know for certain that Josey Jewell is set to be one of the starting inside backers come week one, but the second spot is still up for grabs.  I think this goes to Jonas Griffith, who was decent in limited action for Denver last year.

He’s 6’4″, 250 pounds, and an excellent athlete.

Denver is going to need to generate a better pass rush this season.  Their unit was one of the worst in the NFL last season.

If Denver cannot generate a stronger pass rush, it’ll be a long season on defense.