NFL Draft 2011: The Denver Broncos Can't Forget About Offense
If there were an ongoing ranking of the most regurgitated expressions in modern sport, “The Denver Broncos ranked last in total defense in 2010,” would have to be among the top 10—probably somewhere beneath, “LeBron took his talent to South Beach.”
Yes, it’s very worn out indeed.
But when the draft experts talk about the Denver Broncos, it always comes back to that line and I’m sure—no, I'm 100 percent certain that we will hear that same series of words uttered a few more times come the NFL draft.
So let’s say it one more time, just for good measure.
The Denver Broncos ranked dead last in total defense last year—and yes, they should focus on defense in this year’s draft.
It’s really more of a euphemism, not just a statement of facts, because saying the defense ranked last is putting it mildly.
The defense stunk—atrocious, incapable of stopping even the more wretched offenses in the league.
If the Broncos don’t draft at least three defenders with their first four or five picks, it should maybe be seen as an egregious error on the parts of John Elway and John Fox.
Maybe we can re-channel that angst and disbelief that we had when Josh McDaniels was in charge?
But let’s not overlook some holes on offense.
Let’s not forget that the Broncos had three different rookies filling in at different spots along the offensive line last season—not to mention, the jury is still out on how good those players can be. Denver may also need to consider replacing an offensive tackle, should Ryan Harris eventually be released.
On the other hand, of course, the Broncos look set at the wide receiver position.
But how about the quarterback position?
It might be that Tim Tebow goes in as the starter and Kyle Orton is traded in order to help fill other spots on the roster.
If that's the case, how do you feel about Brady Quinn being your starter in the event that Tebow goes down with an injury in Week 5?
What if Ricky Stanzi keeps falling further and further once all the quarterback-hungry teams nab their future guy in the earlier rounds? Do the Broncos pull the trigger?
What's more, there's also the matter of finding another running back.
John Fox loves a good running game, as do Denver fans.
That being said, Fox might now need to spend a draft pick to get his hands on one, considering the clock is ticking on any chance of an abbreviated free agency period prior to the draft.
There does look to be a good couple of bargains at the running back position that should be available in the later rounds—possibly even guys that go undrafted, so the Broncos may have to consider one.
Finally, a lot of draft boards have Denver as a possible landing spot for Kyle Rudolph in the second round and that could certainly fill a need.
John Fox appreciates a good pass-catching tight end more than Josh McDaniels did, and Tim Tebow would only stand to benefit from having a guy like the Patriots' Aaron Hernandez to throw a ball to.
Maybe the Broncos pass on Rudolph and instead look at an underrated guy like D.J. Williams out of Arkansas?
Could the Broncos use a second-round pick on D.J. Williams?
There are plenty of questions and plenty of positions that need to be filled, but armed with only seven total picks in this year's draft, a lot of questions might go unanswered.
Still, as bad as the Broncos' defense is, please don’t forget about the offense.
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