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In a previous article, I made the case for why the Broncos should select guard Xavier Su'a-Filo of UCLA.
I stated the following in regard to why Denver should select the UCLA product:
The Broncos need a starting left guard. Although they have shifted the offensive line around for now to compensate for the lack of a suitable starting left guard to begin their offseason conditioning program, things will change a couple of weeks from now following the NFL draft.
By drafting Su'a-Filo, the Broncos would find a starting left guard immediately whom they can plug in without missing a beat when it pertains to chemistry on the offensive line.
It wouldn't shock anyone to expect Broncos fans to want a more glamorous selection with the Broncos' first pick. By selecting Ryan Shazier or C.J. Mosley, the Broncos accomplish the goal of drafting a player whom fans get can get excited about.
Picking Su'a-Filo won't make any Broncos fan excited. When has the selection of an offensive guard in the first round ever excited anyone?
But by selecting Su'a-Filo, the Broncos address their left guard situation. The fact of the matter is, the Broncos don't have a natural left guard on the roster to take over the position left vacant by Zane Beadles, who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the offseason.
Because of this, the Broncos have actually toyed with the notion of switching Orlando Franklin from right tackle to left guard, while inserting Chris Clark at right tackle.
The Broncos could realistically make it work, considering Franklin has experience at the position at the collegiate level, and after all, Peyton Manning is the quarterback.
In a worst-case scenario, however, it could result in all kinds of chemistry issues, considering Franklin has not played the guard position in at least four years, Clark has never received significant playing time at right tackle and Ryan Clady is returning at left tackle while recovering from a Lisfranc injury in 2013.
By selecting the 6'4", 307-pound Su'a-Filo, the Broncos avoid having to mix up their starting offensive line by inserting two linemen at two different starting positions compared to their positions from 2013.
When it comes to the Broncos' actual selection on draft day, it will likely come down to what position the Broncos feel is a bigger priority, middle linebacker or offensive guard.