Time for more thoughts about the upcoming draft. This time, I’ll focus on linebackers, running backs and fullbacks.
You can find draft previews highlighting some of the top picks here on DenverBroncos.com.
This is a position the Broncos should bolster. It is pretty clear the Broncos need to beef up the front seven and the linebacker position is part of that group.
As the draft hype cranks up, Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller’s name keeps cropping up. But I’m not sure I see the Broncos taking a linebacker with the number two overall pick. There are plenty of other good linebackers that could be great pros.
Sure, from everything I hear, Miller is tremendously talented. When a team is picking second overall, however, that is special. My belief is it is easier to find an impact linebacker later in the draft than it is to find, say, an impact defensive lineman in a later round.
I also believe the Broncos need less help at linebacker than they do at some other positions. With the switch back to the 4-3, we’ll have to see what position Elvis Dumervil plays but he, we assume, will be back and healthy again.
There are also guys such as D.J. Williams, Mario Haggan, Robert Ayers, Jason Hunter, Joe Mays and Wesley Woodyard on the roster. The Broncos have some options at linebacker. That isn’t to say they couldn’t use a dynamic young one to add to the mix. But I don’t think they need to try to get find that guy second overall.
In addition, the Broncos will likely not need to carry as many linebackers on the roster as they have the past couple of years since they’ll be playing a 4-3 and not a 3-4. The Broncos are currently deeper at linebacker than they are at other positions.
BOTTOM LINE: I would love to see the Broncos draft a linebacker, but not in the first round.
RUNNING BACKS / FULLBACKS
These are interesting positions. We know that new head coach John Fox loves to run the ball. He had two talented backs in Carolina, namely DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stuart. The Broncos running back situation is at least a little clouded.
Yes, Knowshon Moreno is talented. But he has been injury prone and has yet to break out in his first two seasons. Does that mean the Broncos will give up on Moreno? I hardly think so. But I wonder if they’ll be at least a little tempted to pick one.
Correll Buckhalter and Laurence Maroney are a couple other recognizable names on the roster. LenDale White is coming off a torn Achilles tendon. There are some options but several of those options come with legitimate questions.
Fullback is also interesting. We’ll have to see how much Coach Fox wants to use two-back sets. I’d love to somehow see the Broncos find a bruising fullback but I just don’t see them trying to get one in the draft.
BOTTOM LINE: There are some question marks at running back and fullback. Given the Broncos only have six draft picks right now, and given that they have much more pressing needs, I would be at least a little surprised if they drafted a guy at either of these positions.
Thanks for reading. Again, I know many of you have been talking about the draft a lot. If you are so inclined, feel free to post some thoughts on linebackers and running backs/fullbacks.