By Tylor Walden on April 22, 2014
The Denver Broncos were one win away from a championship in the 2013 season. The team has done a lot in the offseason to improve, mostly on the defensive side. Heading into the draft, the biggest needs are on defense and the offensive line. The defense needs a little more tweaking and protecting Peyton Manning this year is going to be key.
Here is the latest Broncos mock draft.
With the departure of Zane Beadles and the retirement of Chris Kuper, the Broncos need a solid lineman to help protect Peyton Manning. Xavier Su'a Filo is a prospect who can become an instant starter for the Broncos. His ability to gain the initial advantage against pass rushers makes him an important part to the offensive line.
The Broncos did not address the middle linebacker position in free agency, so the draft will be the next chance. Chris Borland has the abilities to also become a starter for the Broncos.
Adding Demarcus Ware in free agency was a nice addition to help create pressure on the quarterback off the line. Adding Trent Murphy in the draft would be a smart move by the Broncos. His ability to time the snap and get to the ball carrier would make the Broncos' defense a force, especially if he gets an edge and gets pass the offensive line.
Losing Eric Decker in free agency was difficult to see, but they added Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. Drafting Jarvis Landry would give the Broncos much-needed depth at the position. Most analysts see Landry's skill as similar to Decker's but with better hands. This could be the improvement the Broncos were looking for.
The addition of Aqib Talib in free agency makes the secondary for the Broncos better, especially when it comes to being physical. Ross Cockrell can bring the physical play as well as the abilities to make a play on the football. His timing is excellent, which can help when the ball is in the air.
This is the part in the draft where most teams will be looking for players who can perform on special teams. De'Anthony Thomas is perhaps the most exciting late-round player available. He can run the football, play receiver, and is one of the most electrifying kick/punt returners in the game. Having a player of that caliber backing up Montee Ball and perhaps taking Trindon Holliday's spot will give fans something to be excited about.
The Broncos will surprise everyone if they decide to go with Brett Smith. The Wyoming QB has the abilities to extend the play like Tim Tebow. It would be an interesting surprise, especially because the Broncos have two young backup quarterbacks already, but I believe they would not want to miss out on Smith.
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