Previewing What the Denver Broncos Will Be Looking for at the Scouting Combine

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Previewing What the Denver Broncos Will Be Looking for at the Scouting Combine
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Like every team in the NFL, the Denver Broncos have shifted into offseason mode. With the college all-star games like the East-West Shrine Game and Reese's Senior Bowl over, it's time for teams to turn their attention to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.

For the last eight years, I have been traveling to the combine to cover the best prospects entering the NFL. This year, I am once again bound for Indianapolis where teams gather at Lucas Oil Stadium to measure, time and test the next crop of NFL hopefuls.

The Broncos have to get better on the defensive side of the ball. They have several free agents to consider re-signing, but most of the big names are on the offense. I see cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as their most critical defender to re-sign.

The Broncos should have a defensive focus when considering players to add in free agency and the draft.

Some positions of need include, but are not limited to: cornerback, defensive line and inside linebacker.

The offensive side of the ball is not without big decisions and perhaps great need. If the team keeps wide receiver Eric Decker, then the wide receiver position is virtually sewn up. If Decker leaves in free agency, there will be a big hole in the depth chart.

Positions of need on the offensive side of things include wide receiver, tight end and running back.

Let's take a look at some of the best players who will showcase their talents at the combine for all to see.

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