2012 NFL Draft: 5 Areas the Denver Broncos Must Address and Some Potential Picks

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Areas the Denver Broncos Must Address and Some Potential Picks
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The Denver Broncos have less than four days to solidify what may be the most important draft in recent memory. A busy offseason has put the Broncos back into the ever-changing conversation of relevance again with the acquisition of Peyton Manning and the news continuing to circulate on his strides toward recovery from four neck surgeries and sitting out the entire 2011 season.

Now, despite the fact that the Broncos are back in the conversation does not mean, by any measure, that they can be considered a lock for a deep playoff run. First, with the crazy schedule that they have to endure—possibly the toughest in the NFL—and the fact that they have several glaring holes to fill, the Broncos must walk that tightrope between drafting for need and drafting the best player available.

There has been talk of the advantages of the Broncos trading down in this draft to acquire more picks. According to the trade chart, they could acquire an early second and an early fourth, or a mid second and a mid third (both have some value considering the positions of need are deep for them and it would provide them more flexibility), they still need to find a trading partner. Also, a lot of other factors are involved, making this scenario unlikely to occur.

Therefore, this article will address the team's five most glaring needs and target some players, where they should be picked to fill out the roster and compete for the coveted title. 

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