After letting Payton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler sign with Houston the Broncos rolled the dice with 7th round pick Trevor Siemian. Siemian played well at times but isn’t the answer to lead the Broncos to the playoffs. Paxton Lynch was drafted as the future but showed last season that he isn’t ready. With a short Super Bowl window Denver will make a run at Tony Romo to put them over the top.
Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson were both free agent busts resulting in Okung already being released. Menelik Watson was signed from Oakland to compete at right tackle. With only Stephenson and Ty Sambrailo as the only other tackles on the roster the Broncos cannot afford to stand pat. John Elway has shown he’s not afraid to be aggressive targeting a prospect and Utah’s Garrett Bolles could be that prospect this year.
Denver has an elite secondary but their weakness was stopping the run as they never replaced Malik Jackson who signed with Jacksonville last offseason. Adam Gotsis was drafted early last year but has failed to make an impact early. With new Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods taking over from Wade Phillips the Broncos could look to go towards bigger defensive lineman that would be more run stuffers than penetrators. Domata Peko and Zach Kerr have been added but reinforcements are necessary.
New Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy has had great success in San Diego using playmaking tight ends. Since Julius Thomas’ departure the Broncos have struggled to get good production out of the position. The combination of Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman and AJ Derby have played admirably but there isn’t a stand out in the group. Targeting a pass catching tight like Evan Engram of Mississippi would give McCoy a match up nightmare to work with.
Danny Trevathan’s run stuffing ability was desperately missed after he signed with the Chicago Bears and a big reason the Broncos finished 28th in rushing yards allowed. Denver needs a big downhill thumper to pair next to the athletic coverage linebacker in Brandon Marshall. Downhill linebackers are not hard to find so the Broncos could wait till early day three to find this role player.