The 2014 NFL draft is less than a month away, and the Denver Broncos are feverishly putting the final touches on their draft board right now. As the next few weeks go along, we may hear a few clues about which players the Broncos are holding private workouts with.
Under general manager John Elway the Broncos use a draft philosophy of “best player available.” Elway uses free agency to fill holes on the team, then he uses the draft to build quality depth. He also uses the draft for developing future starters with upside.
Last year’s top pick, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, didn’t begin the season as the starter. However, as the season wore on, he improved his game and was asked to start after Kevin Vickerson was lost for the year with a hip injury. Williams played well, and he looked good as a starter as the team went on a Super Bowl run.
Their 2013 second-round pick, running back Montee Ball, didn’t start as a rookie. He played as the primary backup behind Knowshon Moreno for most of the season. With Moreno moving on to the Miami Dolphins in free agency, the Broncos are handing the reins of the ground game over to Ball.
Cornerback Kayvon Webster (their 2013 third-round pick) did not start in the team’s base package last year. When the Broncos used a nickel package, Webster was asked to play a lot filling in for an injured Champ Bailey.
In the draft this year, the Broncos will look for the best player available in each round. Some of these players might be able to win the starting job to begin the season.
Here’s a look at five players that could be opening-game starters for the Broncos in 2014.