The Denver Broncos have just one game left in the 2022 season before an offseason of major rebuilding gets underway.
The Broncos will have a lot to do this offseason, starting with who will be the team’s next head coach. Once that is figured out, Greg Penner, George Paton and the new coach will have to determine the best way to fix the roster.
That will be centered around Russell Wilson and how to maximize him as the team’s quarterback. One of the top ways to do that will be to fix the offensive line, which has been quite mediocre this season.
The Broncos will have to start by hoping that Garett Bolles is able to return to 100 percent following a season-ending broken leg suffered back in Week 5. On top of that, the team has several offensive linemen set to become unrestricted free agents including Dalton Risner, Billy Turner, Calvin Anderson, Cam Fleming and Tom Compton.
The Broncos are going to need some new talent within this unit, specifically at the tackle spot. In a recent mock done by Jordan Reid of ESPN, the Broncos go to one of the best teams from college football this past season to get that help.
Broncos select Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
As talk starts to heat up in regards to the 2023 NFL Draft this spring, the name of Darnell Wright is one that is going to be heard more and more as we get closer to draft night.
Wright is a big boy at 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds and when you watch him play, you notice a powerful athlete who holds up against the run and the pass.
What makes him a valuable prospect right out of the gate is the fact that he is a four-year starter for the Vols, cracking the lineup as a freshman at right tackle. He also started a season at left tackle before moving to the right side.
Versatility and the fact that he played in the SEC against top-flight competition makes Wright a solid prospect and in this particular mock, only three tackles were selected before him.
The Broncos do have a first-round pick that was acquired in the trade that sent Bradley Chubb to the Miami Dolphins but where that pick lands will depend on where the San Francisco 49ers finish this season it ties back to the trade between Miami and San Francisco that allowed the 49ers to select Trey Lance.
Wright is absolutely a first-round prospect and by the time April rolls around, he could be considered a top-15 player in this year’s class. If the Broncos could turn Chubb into a player like this, the team would have to consider that a victory.