The Broncos will draft with the 28th overall pick during the first round of the NFL draft on April 25.
Denver traded away their first-round draft pick to New England in 2012 before trading New England's first-round draft pick to Tampa Bay to drop down to No. 36. With the 36th overall pick, the Broncos drafted Derek Wolfe, who wound up becoming Denver's starting left defensive end for the entire 2012 season.
The Broncos have pressing concerns—mainly concerning depth.
They have issues at running back, defensive tackle, offensive line and safety.
The two most glaring ones are probably running back and defensive tackle.
Denver has three running backs under contract for next season, and those three running backs are Willis McGahee, Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman.
The problem is, nobody knows if any of those guys are capable of being Denver's starting tailback for 2013.
McGahee is 32 years of age and added another serious knee injury to a career of serious knee injuries in 2012. Moreno has never proven to be a go-to-guy. And Hillman was never drafted with the intention of making him a full-time running back.
However, defensive tackle could also become an issue, as both of Denver's starting defensive tackles from 2012—Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannan—are set to enter free agency.
Mock drafts have the Broncos going defensive tackle with their first overall pick, with the names varying from Jonathan Hankins of Ohio State to Sylvester Williams of North Carolina to Sharrif Floyd of Florida.
The Broncos can't afford to use a pick for the sake of contributing in the future as they did with Brock Osweiler in 2012.
With their first overall pick in 2013, the Broncos need to draft a player—whether that's defensive tackle or running back or any other position of need—that can contribute right away as Peyton Manning's career comes to a close.