There are 88 players currently on the Broncos roster. Forty-five of these players only joined the Broncos roster this off-season.
Between the new additions and the holdover players there are not many who have been tested and proven. There are only a few who represent the core of team with their exceptional play on the field.
I have identified five players who, in my opinion, stand above the rest with their exceptional talent and ability to dominate on the field at their respective positions.
Brandon makes it into the top five best Denver Broncos as a Pro-bowl wide receiver who can be mentioned among the top ten receivers in the NFL.
Marshall is an elite receiver who has made it into the 100 reception 1,000 yard receiving club in the past two consecutive years.
Despite his off the field issues Brandon can straight up play football. He is a physical player who can get off the ball, create separation and make difficult catches.
Marshall was admittedly only about 80% last year as he dealt with a hip injury and a hand injury. He revealed that his right hand was numb during the entire 2008 season.
This led him to drop many passes, yet he still caught 104 balls for 1265 yards and six touchdowns (in only 15 games, due to suspension).
His skills defiantly make him one of the top five best players on the Denver Broncos.
For more on Brandon check out this article:
The Broncos were fortunate enough to land Brian Dawkins in the off-season.
Despite not yet playing a regular season snap for Denver, B-Dawk is definitely among the top five players on the Broncos squad.
Dawkins is a perennial pro-bowler who brings intensity and play-making ability to a defense that was the worst in the league last year.
B-Dawk may not be able to perform quite as well as he used to, but he is far and away one of the top five players on the Denver Broncos.
Dawkins is a great person and a great player who will provide an example to the rest of the team of how to handle yourself the right way both on and off the field.
For more info on B-Dawk check out this article:
Left tackle is regarded as one of the most important positions in the National football league. The left tackle protects the quarterbacks blindside and usual must contend with the opposing teams best pass rusher.
Clady only gave up 0.5 a sack on 616 passing attempts. Clady was just a rookie, but he played like a probowler against the likes of John Abraham (16.5), Joey Porter (17.5), Julius Peppers (14.5), and Richard Seymor (8) to name a few.
(#) - number of sacks in 2008
These statistics prove that Clady has already become a dominant force in the league, and is a force to be recognized.
Clady is a future Pro-bowler, and absolutly one of the top five Denver Broncos players.
For more info on Clady check out this article:
Until last year, Champ Bailey was considered the hands down best cornerback in the NFL.
If Champ hadn't been out due to injury for seven weeks of the 2008 season he may still be considered as such.
Champ is a shutdown corner in the NFL. Quarterbacks fear throwing the ball on his side of the field because they know he is lurking out there ready to pounce on anything that comes his way.
Bailey is an eight time pro-bowler who has 547 tackles and 43 interceptions in his eleven year career in the NFL.
Champ is indisputable one of the top five best players on the Denver Broncos.
And finally, the guy who I think is the best Denver Bronco is D.J. Williams.
Williams is a terrific athlete and an impact player.
D.J. has put up great numbers throughout his Career. In his five seasons in the NFL, despite missing 10 games due to injury, D.J. has averaged 96 tackles a year (71 solo).
Williams has not only played at a very high level worthy of respect, but he has stepped up and done whatever the coaches have asked him to do including playing every linebacker position in the 4-3 defense, calling the defensive plays and making the defensive adjustments.
Williams is slotted to start as the 'Jack' (weak inside) linebacker in the 3-4 this year. He will be able to draw on his experiences playing both the middle linebacker position and his weak side linebacker spot to continue to be among the best linebackers in the NFL.
For more info on D.J. check out this article:
In looking over the entire Broncos roster there are some other players worthy of mention, but who were not good enough to break the top five.
Eddie had an impressive rookie performance of 91 catches for 980 yards and five touchdowns. These numbers made him one of the top 20 wide receivers in the NFL in just his first year.
Harris only gave up 1.5 sacks on 616 passing attempts.in 2008, and has proven to be a great bookend right tackle for the Denver Broncos.
This guy does not get enough credit. The Broncos right guard played with a cast on his broken left hand for several games late last season and still managed to not give up a single sack.
So that is my Top 5 Best Denver Broncos:
1. D.J. Williams - A terrific athlete, D.J. is an impact player.
2. Champ Bailey - Champ is still considered a shutdown corner in this league. He has had problems with injuries as of late
3. Ryan Clady - Gave up the fewest sacks in the NFL last year. Prototypical Left Tackle. Future Pro-bowler
4. Brian Dawkins - Perennial pro-bowler. Intensity. play-making ability.
5. Brandon Marshall - Elite receiver who made it into the 100 reception 1,000 yard receiving club two consecutive years
Let me know what you think.