By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on April 24, 2014
The Denver Broncos have had an aggressive offseason to say the least in 2014. They've put their metaphorical chips at the center of the table, knowing full well that Peyton Manning's Super Bowl window won't be open for much longer. As impressive as the Broncos' offseason has been, though, they would benefit from an equally impressive draft. Here are five sleeper prospects who would be excellent fits in Denver.
The Broncos are in need of interior offensive line help, and Notre Dame's Chris Watt appears capable of giving it to them in the fourth or fifth round. Watt isn't one of the most physically gifted offensive linemen of the class, but he has the versatility to play center or guard at a starting-caliber level in multiple different schemes.
Given how deep of a class it is at the receiver position, it's easy for a talent like Devin Street to fly under the radar. While Street isn't the perfect prospect -- he's a little thin for scouts -- he's a tall target with fluidity and effortless plucking ability. He could be a nice addition to a corps that lost Eric Decker this offseason.
Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are now with different teams. The Broncos signed Aqib Talib to a massive contract to replace one of them, but another contributor in the secondary would be beneficial. Ricardo Allen's frame is easy to overlook. He stands at only 5'9". But he's an athletic corner who flashes quality ball skills and always competes. He could provide Denver's secondary with depth if nothing else.
The Broncos haven't possessed an impact middle linebacker in quite some time. If they don't nab Alabama's C.J. Mosley, who would likely require trading up for, in the first round, there are very few prospects who appear capable of providing them with one. But a sleeper like Avery Williamson, an intelligent, tackling machine out of Kentucky, would be worth a look on day three.
The Broncos' pass rush could be deadly in 2014 with Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware hunting quarterbacks. But there isn't much depth at defensive end behind Ware. North Carolina's Kareem Martin has all the tools to become a dominant edge rusher. With refined technique, Martin could be remembered as one of the most productive pass rushers of the class. If he's still available near the end of day two, John Elway shouldn't hesitate to snag him.
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