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Michael Brockers, LSU
By far Denver's biggest need going into the draft is defensive tackle.
In 2011, Denver finished in the bottom half in yards allowed per game and yards allowed per carry on defense. The only reason Denver didn't rank among the bottom-five in both of these statistics was due to the solid play of linebacker Joe Mays and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley against the run.
Denver was able to re-sign Mays to a multi-year deal. Bunkley instead signed with the New Orleans Saints, leaving a large gap at tackle that Denver neglected to fill in free agency.
The roster is thin at tackle, highlighted by veterans Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson, who are both coming off of injury-ridden campaigns. Denver did nothing to add talent at the position, and at this point there is little the organization can do outside of the draft.
The top three tackles in the draft are Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State), Dontari Poe (Memphis) and Michael Brockers (LSU). By Denver's pick at 25, at least two of these tackles figure to be out of the equation, if not all three.
Poe projects as more of a 3-4 nose tackle, so if available Denver may choose to pass in favor of a more prototypical 4-3 tackle. Meanwhile, both Cox and Brockers project as well-sized, athletic tackles who will be active both in run-stuffing and rushing the passer.
Other possible targets for the late first-round include Jerel Worthy (Michigan State), Devon Still (Penn State) and Kendall Reyes (Connecticut).