The annual NFL scouting combine is just around the corner and with it will be an increase in talk and speculation about the NFL draft.
Most of the time, I don’t pay attention to a lot of the talk leading up to the draft. This year, however, I’ll be listening just a little more closely. Don’t get me wrong, I still think it is a lot of people saying a lot of things and many of those things are simply speculation.
One thing is true without a doubt: The Broncos need to have a strong draft.
I know, stop the presses. But the fact is, it’s really true.
The battle lines over NFL economics are being drawn in the fight over a new collective bargaining agreement. That makes the draft even more important. The fact is, the draft is the cheapest place to get good talent.
There is also little doubt that drafting is, at best, an inexact science. But the Broncos certainly need a better formula than they have had in recent years.
A handful of observations as the Broncos head into draft season:
1 – THEY CAN’T MISS WITH THE SECOND OVERALL PICK. I’m not sure if they’ll keep the pick, package it in a trade, draft a guy and then trade him or whatever else. The options are many yet the bottom line is they have to come away with at least one impact player.
Again, this is often easier said than done but because of some recent slips in the draft, coupled with their place in the NFL pecking order right now, the Broncos have to come away with a player or players who can make a significant contribution next year.
2 – EMPHASIZE DEFENSE. New Vice President John Elway has indicated this will be the way the Broncos go and I hope it turns out to be the case. I’m not saying the offense doesn’t need some work but I think we all recognize how much the defense needs to improve.
Even though wide receivers Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas recently had surgeries that have to be considered major, I can’t help but think the Broncos’ offense still has a good number of pieces in place. I’m not ready to call it a scary offense, but it is also far from a liability.
Some people may say, with tongue in cheek or not, that the Broncos should draft exclusively defensive players. As it stands now, the Broncos don’t have a full compliment of draft picks so I can understand this thinking. I’m not sure I want to see them go that direction, but I do want to see them draft more defensive players than offensive players.
If they can re-sign Champ Bailey, I say focus on the front seven. If Champ goes elsewhere, oh boy. That would create an interesting situation at cornerback, to be sure.
3 – GET FOOTBALL PLAYERS. I’m so tired of guys who have all the “tangibles” such as height, weight, 40 time and all the rest, but then simply don’t measure up when it comes to getting it done on the field.
I want to see the Broncos pick guys who can play, who are tough, who have true heart, who live and breath the game of football. Those guys are out there. Hopefully the Broncos can find them.
What are you looking forward to most as we get into the build-up to this year’s draft? Thanks for reading and posting.