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Middle linebacker was not the best position for the Broncos in 2012.
Joe Mays started the season, but promptly lost the job to the aging Keith Brooking before being suspended for a vicious hit on Matt Schaub. Following that, he was lost for the season with an injury.
Brooking did what he could, but he and anyone else who lined up at the position was routinely taken advantage of in the passing game. Tight ends specifically hurt the Broncos.
Stewart Bradley was brought in as a free agent, but beyond him, the team just has Mays, Nate Irving and Steven Johnson. Any of these men could win the job, but there may have been better options out there, especially in the draft.
John Elway and the coaching staff must like what they have in the players mentioned above. Irving and Johnson have just 28 career tackles between them, so one of them will really have to step up if they want to take the job from the veterans in Mays and Bradley.