It's obvious after Sunday's loss to the Chargers that the Broncos must improve on defense.
Ryan Mathews, a rookie, lit the Broncos defense up for 120 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The front seven looked slow, overpowered and just physically outmatched nearly the entire game.
Tim Tebow has proved he has what it takes to win games and put points on the board in the NFL. He fires up the players around him, the crowd and the coaches. His will to win and play the game is contagious. He's a leader, plain and simple, a characteristic that Kyle Orton lacks.
The Broncos have the pieces in place for a solid young offensive core. Tebow, Knowshon Moreno, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas give the Broncos solid players at skill positions who should continue to improve with coaching.
On the offensive line, Ryan Clady is obviously one of the best left tackles in the NFL. Clady and Chris Kuper give the Broncos two solid veterans on the offensive line who are under contract for several more years.
Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton both got immense amounts of playing time in their rookie seasons and performed admirably. Depending on whether or not the Broncos re-sign Ryan Harris, the offensive line should be in good condition next season.
On defense however, the Broncos have severe issues. They don't know what scheme they'll be running next year. They need talent on the defensive line desperately and could be losing both Champ Bailey (free agent) and Brian Dawkins (retirement) in the offseason.
Let's take a look at a few routes the Broncos could take to improve with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.