Denver Broncos' Biggest Needs in Free Agency and NFL Draft

Max Staley
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After hiring Vic Fangio to be the newest head coach of the Denver Broncos, it's clear GM John Elway is hoping to turn his team's talented defense into an elite unit. With great building blocks like Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, the Broncos have one of the best pass-rushing duos in football, and that could make Denver a dangerous team this coming season.

Unfortunately, the team's offense hasn't been able to follow suit, primarily due to poor play at quarterback. And the brunt of that blame should fall squarely on Elway's shoulders. While Elway did a great job of assembling talent in the past, the Broncos have fallen on hard times recently, and this offense is going to need a major overhaul in order to take the next step.

With that said, let's break down the Broncos' biggest remaining needs this offseason.

The Broncos' top priority should be finding a talented young quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft. While Joe Flacco has a chance to be serviceable this season, his best days are likely behind him. The 34-year-old hasn't thrown for more than 21 touchdowns since 2014, and it's tough to envision him as the long-term solution in Denver.

This year's quarterback class isn't nearly as strong as it was last season, but there are some solid options in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Broncos currently hold the No. 10 selection, and they've been heavily linked to Drew Lock. Alternatively, Denver could try to trade up for Dwayne Haskins, or hope someone like Will Grier falls to the, in the second round.

However, with the current state of the Broncos' offensive line, it'll be tough to properly evaluate any quarterback, so improving that needs to be near the top of their to-do list this offseason as well. There aren't many impactful lineman available at this point in free agency, but the Broncos could take a flier on a veteran like Jermey Parnell.

Alternatively, there are a ton of talented offensive-line prospects who should be available in the first few rounds of the NFL Draft. If Denver passes on a quarterback at No. 10, someone like Alabama's Jonah Williams or Florida's Jawaan Taylor could be an excellent pick. Denver could also wait until the second or third round and take a solid interior lineman like Texas A&M's Erik McCoy or Boston College's Chris Lindstorm.

But after trading Demaryius Thomas, and losing Emmanuel Sanders to an Achilles injury, the Broncos need to upgrade their receiving corps as well. As currently constituted, the Broncos have one of the worst skill-position groups in football.

Denver's best option is probably drafting a reciever in the second round, and someone like Washington's Taylor Rapp or Oklahoma's Marquise Brown could be an ideal fit.

As for the defense, the Broncos are pretty set, but they do need to add depth at cornerback. Chris Harris Jr. broke his fibula last season, and the Broncos lost Bradley Roby in free agency, so the Broncos need to bring in some youth at the position. Rock Ya-Sin, who played his college ball at Temple, is a tough physical corner, and he'd be a great fit for Denver if he falls out of the first round.

All in all, Elway clearly has his work cut out for him heading into the 2019 NFL season. This defense has a chance to be special, but the offense is going to need lot of help to make this team a contender.


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