The Broncos need to add more pass-rushers with one or more picks in the NFL draft. By acquiring future Hall of Fame defensive end DeMarcus Ware the Broncos added a lot of dominance to their defense.
However, behind Ware they have several question marks at the pass-rushing positions.
Von Miller is expected to have a bounce-back season in 2014. His 2013 was disappointing because of a six-game suspension to begin the year due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Upon his return, Miller later suffered an ACL injury in Week 16 against the Houston Texans.
His recovery could last into training camp. In fact, Miller may start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Miller’s status for the start of the regular season is up in the air at this time, and he may not look like his old self until the midway point of the regular season.
Derek Wolfe is coming back from a scary nerve injury that ended his 2013 season. He could provide a bit of pass rush from the edge on the defensive line if he’s healthy. Wolfe should be good to go by the time training camp rolls around, but his capacity for 2014 is a bit of a mystery right now.
Quanterus Smith was added in the 2013 NFL draft with a fifth-round pick. He missed his entire rookie season dealing with a knee injury that he suffered during his final season at Western Kentucky. If healthy, Smith could provide a nice threat on the outside because of his speed and ability to bend around the edge. He could be a hit for the Broncos, but nobody really knows what kind of pro he’ll be.
Ian Rapoport, from NFL Network, recently tweeted the Broncos were set to visit with Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton.
His game is all about heart and hustle. Crichton is not an elite athlete, but he is smart and is always around the football.
He has the strength to win at the point of attack, and Crichton can win by bull-rushing his opponent. Crichton uses his uncanny snap anticipation to help get by larger tackles.
Crichton could use his football intelligence, savvy and instinct to develop into a fine part-time pass-rusher for the Broncos .
Note: All quotes and injury/practice observations obtained firsthand. Record/statistical information provided via email from the Denver Broncos. All draft grades provided by NFLDraftScout.com. Transaction history provided by ProSportsTransactions.com. Contract information provided by Spotrac.com. Cecil Lammey can be followed on Twitter @CecilLammey.