If you ask the Denver Broncos front office, they’ll tell you they replaced their needs in the draft. If you ask the average fan, they’ll tell you the team still needs to get better.
In order for the Broncos to remain consistent, they must stay unsatisfied.
With their first pick in this year’s draft, the Broncos chose to make the safe choice of selecting North Carolina product, Sylvester Williams. Williams is expected to start right away and help fill in with the missing pass rush following Elvis Dumervil’s departure.
Besides Williams, the Broncos also, very quietly, signed ex-San Diego Charger Shaun Phillips to a one year deal. Phillips finished with nine sacks last season, so the immediate pass rush threat is clearly replaced.
But should the Broncos be satisfied with their current roster right now?
The intelligent answer to that question is no.
Despite finishing as the third-ranked defense last season, the Broncos had the second easiest schedule in the league. While you can’t take away from their 11-game winning streak, it’s important to recognize that the teams next season will be much tougher, and the pressure to win will be enormous.
On the offensive side of the ball, Peyton Manning was given an early Christmas present with the addition of Wes Welker. Now with Welker, Eric Decker, and Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos are an aerial threat at all times.
But let’s not forget about their running game. In the second round, Denver did not shy away from the spotlight as they chose to use their pick on Wisconsin running back, Montee Ball. This certainly makes things very interesting in Denver’s backfield, and it’s expected that Willis McGahee will battle Ball for the starting rotation.
With all the additions, the Broncos might have the best offense in the league.
However, if the Broncos want to continue to be successful and get over that playoff hump, they have to keep building on the defensive front.
The more pressure they can apply from tackle to tackle, the more turnovers and interruptions to follow.
In this light, it’s in Denver’s best interest to try scooping up either John Abraham or Dwight Freeney. Both are still available as free agents, and both obviously have the reputation of being extremely aggressive off the ball.
Although Freeney still is demanding top dollar for his value, even though his production has gone down significantly, he should not be overlooked.
The same goes with Abraham. If he can be signed, at the right price, his addition can expand the versatility of Denver’s defense immensely.
If the Broncos stay satisfied and content, they will never get any better. They need to keep improving throughout all areas on the field.
Gary Fiore is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @gmf721 and add him to