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The future is bright for the Denver Broncos now that Russell Wilson is in town. After a 7-10 record last year, the Broncos are looking to be in the mix for the playoffs. They are hoping the offense catches up to the defense, and that they can overtake the top teams in the AFC West.
The offense doesn’t need much nor does the defense, which puts the Broncos in a good spot. They just need to fill the roster with solid pieces that can contribute early. Here is who they should target:
No Day One Picks
Though they don’t have a day one pick, the Broncos are in a spot where they don’t need one.
They have a very talented roster and can find replacements for players lost to trades and free agency on days two and three.
Round 2, Pick 32: Myjai Sanders, Edge, Cincinnati
Round 3, Pick 11: Dare Rosenthal , OL, Kentucky
Round 3, Pick 32: Travis Jones, DL, Connecticut
The Broncos have three day two picks and can find quality contributors in rounds 2 and 3.
Myjai Sanders is a player with immense potential and a pro ready skill set. His frame is slight but he has above average strength to bench press blockers and set strong edges. He fits very well with All-Pro incumbent Bradley Chubb, and could give the Broncos a young terrorizing pass rushing tandem.
Denver could fortify their trenches with two big bodies in the third round. Rosenthal and Jones both can serve as those big bodies.
Rosenthal is a cerebral lineman who plays with well on an island. He naturally latches onto defenders in the run game and finishes with ease. His feints and strong punches force rushers to show their hand early, which he uses to compensate for his lack of elite lateral speed. He can easily be a starter within the next year for the Broncos.
Jones is is a massive defensive lineman who fits in the interior early. He can play with the three or one technique giving him great versatility. He would be an immediate upgrade over current projected starter McTelvin Agim and could give Denver a formidable front seven.
Round 4, Pick 10: Tre Williams, Edge, Arkansas
Round 4, Pick 11: Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
Round 5, Pick 2: Zamir White, RB, Georgia
Round 6, Pick 25: Keegan Cryder, OL, Wyoming
Round 7, Pick 11: Emeka Emezie, WR, NC State
Day three the Broncos should be looking to add depth behind the starters they have and fill holes in the roster.
Grabbing guys like Kolar, White and Williams would be ideal as they can be situational or sub package guys.
Williams is a quick puncher with elite counters in his arsenal. He isn’t a great run defender, which will stunt his role to a situational pass rusher at the next level. White is a plus guy at the running back position. He runs with good patience and explodes with power in the hole. His pass catching is underrated, making him a solid #2 back for Denver.
Kolar could be the best day three acquisition for Denver. After losing Noah Fant to trade, they will need a viable replacement. Kolar comps well to Rob Gronkowski at the next level. He has massive hands and plus blocker in the run game. His ability to be a early starter is valuable for a team with a need for talent at the position.
Emezie and Cryder both will be solid depth players. They fit Denver’s scheme and can step up in case of injury.
This could be the draft that gives Denver the talent to take the AFC West back. We will have to see if they can make the most of it.