Denver Broncos' Day 1 2014 NFL Draft Primer

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Denver Broncos' Day 1 2014 NFL Draft Primer
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The 2014 NFL draft is here, and the Denver Broncos are ready to add more talent to a team that could very well end up in the Super Bowl (again) this year. This is thought of as a deep draft class, and the Broncos should be able to add many quality players in this draft.

The Broncos should begin the draft looking for a middle linebacker, a cornerback or help on the interior of the offensive line.

They tried to add guys like D’Qwell Jackson (Indianapolis Colts) and Daryl Smith (Baltimore Ravens) in free agency, but neither signed with the team. The Broncos currently have only Nate Irving and Steven Johnson at the position, and they need to find an intimidator who can play all three downs.

Even though they signed Aqib Talib in free agency, the Broncos need additional cornerback depth. Talib is an upgrade over Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but he’s never played a full 16-game season during his six-year career. Their other starter, Chris Harris Jr., is coming off a partially-torn ACL that he injured in the playoff game against the San Diego Chargers.

The interior of the offensive line could use a guard or a center. They have in-house options like Orlando Franklin, Will Montgomery or Manny Ramirez that could be shuffled around. Perhaps the team thinks it’s best to grab a rookie and enhance the competition at center and left guard.

Rumors are swirling about the Broncos moving off the 31st pick in the first round. General manager John Elway has stated the team is considering both moving up or moving down this year. They could decide to vacate their pick if a player they really want is going to go before they’re up. The Broncos could also move off No. 31 if some team wants to trade back into the first round to grab a quarterback (and a fifth-year option).

Let’s get you primed and ready for the draft.

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