I keep seeing Mock Drafts with DT being one of the top "needs" for Denver. Denver seems to have a couple solid guys (
-- Lyle P
Kenny Anunike is a possibility, but as Head Coach Gary Kubiak noted at the NFL Annual Meeting last Tuesday, he has to prove he can stay healthy first, and he's finished the last two seasons on injured reserve. To say that Anunike and Kilgo alone are capable of filling the role held by Jackson is to expect too much; remember, they have just 118 regular-season snaps between them. They are potential parts of the solution, but they cannot be the solution alone. Further, you can't forget Walker, who at this point, is a first-teamer -- just as he was early in the 2015 season while
And even with Anunike, Williams, Walker, Kilgo and the re-signed Wolfe, you need at least one more defensive lineman on the 53-man roster, and possibly two. The Broncos took a flyer on former first-round pick Phil Taylor as a reserve-future signee, but this year's draft is rich in potential three-/five-technique defensive ends. The value will be there, so this represents a prime opportunity to re-fortify the talent at that position.
As Kubiak said Tuesday about the defensive ends, "We can get better in the draft, and that's what we plan on doing."
Don't count on it. The Broncos are happy with the work and potential of Williams and Kilgo at nose tackle, and as mentioned in the previous response, the draft class for defensive linemen who fit the Broncos' scheme is deep. Further, the Broncos have other, more pressing needs on which they must use their cap room, which at this point is limited.
-- Jordan Nigro
For the moment, the Broncos have to tread lightly in free agency. The most recent public salary-cap report from the NFLPA has the Broncos with just $2,050,296 of cap room, all of which (and then some) will be gobbled up by the rookie class. Further, they're trying to work on a long-term deal with
They still have areas in need of depth reinforcements, particularly safety and tight end. Those would appear to be the two spots where you could see an addition or two.
In the draft, quarterback is definitely more of a possibility than running back if you're talking about a move up in the first round. The four-year investment in
But no matter what happens at quarterback in the next few weeks, don't be surprised to see a quarterback early in the draft. Obviously, getting Carson Wentz or Jared Goff would require a trade up, but they might see better value in standing pat and selecting one of the other prospects with one of their three Day 2 picks.
-- Joe Isakson
If Goff or Wentz took a Rodgers-like fall into the 20s, I would be shocked if the Broncos didn't begin hitting the phone lines hard to try and move up.
You saw their willingness to move up last year when
So why isn't Zach Mettenberger in the discussion for a trade? I mean he is pretty decent and athletic and has a cannon.
-- Mark Lauderdale
He also got benched in the 2015 regular-season finale (according to reports, as much because of performance as a thumb injury), appeared to regress in his play from his first to his second season, was convicted on misdemeanor sexual-battery charges while in college and his teams are winless in 10 career starts.
There are plenty of other quarterback prospects who are better and have less baggage.
Is Matt Schaub a trade possibility to groom a young QB?
-- Matt Confer
Seeing that Schaub just signed with the Atlanta Falcons this month, no.
Do you think the trade for
-- Cory Hovest
No, and there are too many moving parts involved for one quarterback's situation to be connected with the that of the other.
What Broncos players still need to be resigned due to free agency. I saw something about another team interested in Norwood, and I didn't even realize he was available. What about
-- Becky Miller
Norwood tweeted that he will be returning, providing a stable option on punt returns and bolstering the depth at wide receiver. Norwood can handle the slot if needed, and can rotate among all of the receiver spots.
Hillman is still on the unrestricted market, which isn't a surprise; he was likely to be a second- or third-wave pickup who landed somewhere once the market settled. Unfortunately for Hillman, poor playoff production (a 1.7-yard average on 32 carries and just two first downs in 33 playoff touches) hinders his value on the market.
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