2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Denver Broncos' 5 Biggest Needs
With Peyton Manning's career winding down, the Denver Broncos have put their chips at the center of the table in order to win in 2014. But even after spending big money on Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward in free agency, the Broncos' roster, like any other, has blemishes. Here are Denver's top five needs that must be addressed during May's draft.
DeMarcus Ware is an excellent addition to Denver's pass rush. He'll turn 32 years old before the season begins, though. Thus, the Broncos should still be in the market for a long-term complement to Von Miller during the draft.
Last year's starting left guard Zane Beadles signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. Nabbing a promising interior prospect to replace him with during the draft could be the final piece to one of the league's top offensive lines.
The Broncos' wide receiver corps remains strong after the loss of Eric Decker, but another pair of reliable hands could go a long way. May's draft is expected to feature one of the deepest receiver classes in recent memory. The Broncos can find a quality option on the second or third day.
Even after handing Aqib Talib a six-year, million deal, acquiring a cornerback should remain a priority. Champ Bailey plays for the New Orleans Saints now, and Chris Harris Jr. is recovering from a torn ACL. Insurance and depth is needed and could be added early.
Von Miller is considered the top 4-3 outside linebacker in the entire NFL. But to field a significantly improved defense in 2014, the Broncos may need to pair Miller with an impact player in the middle. C.J. Mosley would be a coup for the Broncos if he falls in the first round. Otherwise, Chris Borland might be Denver's best bet on day 2.