The NFL Draft will be here before you know it and DenverBroncocs.com is currently highlighting many of the top players at each position.
To coincide with the draft previews, I’ll be offering some thoughts on the positions that are being previewed each week.
I am torn about what the Broncos might want to do in the defensive secondary.
On the one hand, the cornerback position went from potentially being a huge need to not nearly so when the Broncos re-signed Champ Bailey. That was huge. There would have been no way to replace a player of Bailey’s ability, especially if the Broncos would have tried to replace him with someone less experienced.
We all know there is only one Champ Bailey and good for the Broncos that there locked him up. With Champ and Andre Goodman, the Broncos’ starting cornerbacks are set and I like those two guys.
Beyond that, there are some questions and some depth issues. When I think about the Broncos having the second overall pick and guys like Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara on the board, I must admit, I think of the possibilities.
But then I come back to the front seven and still believe if the Broncos keep the second pick of the draft, they have to look to bolster the front seven.
I think the Broncos could use a big-time safety. I am the biggest Brian Dawkins fan around, but the Broncos have to be careful how they use him at this point in his career. Give me a big playmaker at the safety position and I wouldn’t mind at all. The challenge becomes trying to find a guy like that once the elite safeties are off the board.
BOTTOM LINE: Drafting a corner and/or safety could really help. But spending the second overall pick on either position is just too high. Bolster the secondary but do so in later rounds.
This position has become more interesting with the offseason surgeries that Demaryius Thomas and Eddie Royal have had. Before hearing of their injuries, I thought the Broncos had enough at the wide receiver position if guys played the way they have shown they can play or continue their development.
Now, I’m starting to wonder if the Broncos should snag a receiver at some point. I think they have to. Again, I wouldn’t be in favor of taking a receiver second overall. That’s too high.
But besides Thomas and Royal, the other receivers currently on the roster are Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Eric Decker, Britt Davis, Eron Riley and Matthew Willis.
If Royal and Thomas were completely healthy, I’d probably downplay the importance of the position in the draft. But with those two having some major question marks, I say taking a closer look at this position becomes necessary.
At the same time, I see other positions as being ones of greater need for the Broncos. Brandon Lloyd established himself as a bona fide number one receiver last season. There’s no reason to think he can’t have another terrific season.
BOTTOM LINE: I wouldn’t be opposed to the Broncos drafting a wide receiver. Part of me would love it. Finding an impact receiver in the draft, however, is tougher than it seems it should be. I would likely be just as happy for the Broncos to look for a veteran or two who is on the market and also hope the young receivers they have continue to develop.
Stay tuned. More pre-draft thoughts to come.
Thanks for reading. I know many of you have been posting about the draft but feel free to comment on DB’s and WR’s.