The Broncos came into the 2009 season with a new quarterback, a new coach, and a head full of steam. Their push to the top was disrupted by key injuries and a failure to stop the run late in the season.
Now, coach McDaniels has a chance to make another pivotal run at greatness. He's got a savvy understanding of the draft and made some critical acquisitions last year. With a few tweaks at the lines and a little youth in the backfields, Denver has a legitimate shot at the title next year.
Biggest Needs: OL, WR, QB
Now, quarterback isn't the most prolific need for the Denver, but due to the inconsistencies of Orton down the stretch and the unified call by fans and lovers of Bronco nation alike to pick up a developmental quarterback, it has me thinking the front office may actually do it.
With the 10th pick in the draft, it's highly unlikely the team will go after a touted gunslinger, but a mid-to-late round pick on someone like Jonathan Crompton or Sean Canfield would be a smart pick.
Ryan Clady got the Pro Bowl nod last season and it looks like he will be the Broncos' front man for many years to come. Ryan Harris has also provided a nice seal on the right side but the interior guys haven't panned out the way the team anticipated.
The veteran leadership in Wiegmann was overruled by his inability to stay effective late in the season, a large contributing factor to him being cut earlier this week. It's always to find immediate contributions from a newly drafted interior lineman but there are a few guys Denver could benefit by picking up in April.
Guys who can play a number of positions like Maurkice Pouncey and Zane Beadles would be good choices, but expect the front office to keep a close eye on Kyle Calloway, Sam Young, and Eric Olsen.
If Brandon Marshall does indeed stay in Denver, wide receiver won't demand the call for change right off the bat, but a new face in the slot or in the four man spot wouldn't hurt, either.
Jabar Gaffney really stepped up late in the season, but the Broncos' struggles in the red zone cannot go unaddressed this offseason. Another big man for Orton would solve many of their problems. Brandon LaFell in the first or second round or Eric Decker in the second or third would both be smart acquisitions.
For the rest of the Denver Broncos team needs report, go here.