Examining Broncos' Top Roster Needs for 2020

Erick Trickel

This is a Denver Broncos team that doesn’t have a roster loaded with talent, especially at key positions. That doesn’t mean the Broncos are completely untalented, as they have a pretty solid young core on offense and defense.

WR Courtland Sutton is developing into a great piece on offense and paired with TE Noah Fant and RB Phillip Lindsay, it makes for a solid core. LB Bradley Chubb, LB Alexander Johnson, S Justin Simmons (provided he is retained), and the emerging Dre’Mont Jones on the defensive line, make up the young core on defense. 

Those are great pieces, but they need more talent around them. Denver is simply lacking talent and that is a problem the front office has to fix. The Broncos have the money to go after some free agents and are projected to have 12 picks in the 2020 NFL Draft when factoring in the compensatory picks.

The Broncos are in a good position to turn things around, but they have to fill these holes they have on the roster. If Drew Lock can improve on his first game and continue to show promise, that takes care of the big quarterback need away for the Broncos.

After that, Denver needs help at:

  1. Running back because Royce Freeman has been lackluster.
  2. Wide receiver because all it is right now is Sutton.
  3. Tight end that can block and be complimentary to Fant.
  4. Offensive line shored up because there is one quality starter in the unit right now.
  5. Interior defensive line, a true disruptor.
  6. Coverage linebacker.
  7. Cornerback help and lots of it.

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So basically, the Broncos need everything but safety, if they keep Simmons, edge rusher, and quarterback — if Lock continues to improve.

GM John Elway has to nail the draft and free agency if the Broncos can even hope for a quick turnaround. That means not throwing big money at veterans with major injury history. 

That means not reaching for toolsy prospects, because the Broncos need so many positions they can really go 'best player available' in the draft. This is going to be a pivotal offseason for the future of the Broncos and perhaps even Elway himself as a football executive. 

For the full story on the Broncos' top-5 roster needs, check out the video above. 

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Comments (12)
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WORLDWIDEWACO
WORLDWIDEWACO

I TOTALLY DISAGREE... a ton of what looks like lack of talent is our OCoord not giving our guys enough chances & not setting them up to succeed... football is NOT about a 70 yard rec for TD... it's about getting a 1st down on 3 & 1 running the ball even when the other team KNOWS you are running the ball. FOR ME there are TWO things we absolutely have to fix this offseason:

  1. WE MUST USE OUR 1st PICK O.A. for a TRUE #1 SHUTDOWN CRNR... all due respect to the guys we have including Callahan but in the NFL today you NEED TO HAVE A TALL FAST ATHLETIC SMART OUTSIDE CRNR... who can shut down #1... the smart shorter guys we have can eliminate #2- 4... but you absolutely have to have a guy who can outleap/ leap as high as top NFL Rec to make ball at least 50-50 proposition
  2. WE MUST FINALLY ACCEPT THE FACT THAT IF YOU WANT A TALENTED OLine you have to use high draft picks to do so...

I want to see us get a #1 LOCKDOWN CRNR and at least 1 tackle & 1 RG in our first 4 picks! After that I would like to see us get a slot receiver who has EXCELLENT HANDS... Lock has to be getting rid of the ball fast to succeed & that is good training for his development anyway... so PUT THAT TOOL IN HIS TOOLBOX IMMEDIATELY by getting another Wes Welker type dude... GREAT HANDS A MUST... set Lock up to succeed... I don't blame Freeman I blame SCAMGrrrrrr..... JELLO so I don't think our team sux as much as everyone else does. I agree Drey-J was a great get & that we need to think about the future- so yes another DLine Guy who will put interior pressure on QB setting Von & Chubb up for success & helping our LB's in rush def I also think we have to think LONG TERM when it comes to our ST players... we really need to upgrade the guys who can spring Spence for TD's & stop good ST run backs... the Outlaw looks like a guy who might be good for ST & depth at LB Joe Jones is good... but we really need to get a lot more from ST... Wadman is woefully inconsistent sometimes excellent & then others it's like who did they send out to kick in his place awful... so maybe competition for him again?!!? Other than that the NUMBER 1 PRIORITY this off season has to be firing SCAMGrrrrrr....JELLO and getting a true NFL OCoord who will work with Munchak to ensure we can RUN THE DAMN BALL to end a half/game without allowing the other team to beat us in last seconds 5 times & nearly 6 times this year... a 16 game schedule is too few to be giving games away by terrible game managing & play calling... so get on that phone & find an OCoord with experience & a large body of work who can get that job done... THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR LOCK IS SET HIM UP TO SUCCEED- a solid OLine a great rush game & a steller DEF will allow him to develop AND win games giving him confidence & experience without losing & getting injured!

Bronco4life
Bronco4life

Oc isn’t the problem lack of talent is 5 ocs in five yrs common issue no talent. So it was the the o.c fault the last 5 yrs for the last 5 yrs scoring under 20 points a game

ghmartin5683
ghmartin5683

I think they need to go through free agency to get a tackle like a Trent Williams or someone who has that Pro Bowl caliber potential. Garrett Bolles is a bust. They also should draft a cornerback. Chris Harris looks like he's losing a step getting burned the last 3 games.

Nick Kendell
Nick Kendell

Editor

Wait so you think RB is the #1 need?

parkcamp7
parkcamp7

OL, ILB, CB are the top priorities whether it be FA or the draft. First priority is LT, then we need to get a true rockstar/leader at center and move McGovern back to RG. Find a good swing tackle to be there in case James goes down again. Then we need to go and get a cover LB that can play sideline to sideline, and find a good cornerback, shut down is ideal, but if we have good safeties then we could get by with a good above average guy and see what Callahan has to offer. THe good news with CHJ having a dip in play this year is we may be able to resign him for cheaper on a short contract and have him be a veteran guy who can be insurance and a mentor for a young guy. After we had addressed those issues move on to WR. We have Sutton and Patrick which could be a great duo, and perhaps Hamilton can fix the drops and be a good slot guy. I think if we fix the Oline and give the QB more time to throw and for WR routes to develop then you will see improvement in the WR group and our RBs. Give Scans a good Oline and see what happens. Our line has been bad for as long as our offense has been bad, Scans may be running plays to help mask the awful Oline. I think were good at TE for now and RB.

Smallsins
Smallsins

Unlike many, I like scangs and fangio. I'd like to shoot for trent William's in free agency, draft cee cee in the 1st, go cb in the second, guard, DT, and lb in the 3rd, lb and another receiver in the 4th.

Bronco4life
Bronco4life

I disagree on going after Trent Williams we need to s point end free agency money on defense. And draft on offense starting with a ot in first a wr or another linemen in second then after that best available of our needs

CUBuffinTX
CUBuffinTX

Face it boys this squad needs about 8 to 10 true starters and just as many solid depth players. Now some of the depth players could be players that are currently starting (See Bolles for an example) So when you have this type of laundry list all this "We need to target CB or OL or ???" is a steaming pile. What they need to do is take the best damn football player on their board when its their turn to make a selection. Now if you feel they need X and X and Y are rated similar on the board sure take X. but don't just take Z to take a Z that's just non-sense thinking. For example the first of the 3rd round picks site Travis Etienne is sitting there you run the card to the podium. This also is a pet peeve, this O-line talk, and no its not great. If 18 was taking the snaps all we would hear is this is one of the best lines in football. Part of the lines competence is who the QB is and 1) can he buy time, and 2) can he make a quick decision and throw the ball. Most coaches I hear say O-Line play is never going to be the same as it was due to the practice restrictions in the CBA so GET USED TO IT, it is what it is. Can it be better sure but the best o-line player is a good QB and that is a fact. Erick and Nick know what they are talking about here. take the time to understand that the issues are more then what you see on Sunday.


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