NFL Draft 2011: Denver Broncos Where Did All the Defensive Tackels Go ?

Pete WilliamsCorrespondent IApril 30, 2011

EUGENE, OR - DECEMBER 03:  Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks rushes with the ball past tackle Stephen Paea #54 of the Oregon State Beavers at Autzen Stadium on December 3, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
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Round 3 of the NFL 2011 draft has now passed, and although I think the Denver Broncos have drafted some very good players and done an excellent job of trading down, I'm left to wonder what happened at the greatest position of need—the DT position!

In Round 2, the Broncos passed on Marvin Austin, Stephen Paea and Jarvis Jenkins.

In Round 3, the Broncos passed on Jurell Casey, Allen Bailey, Drake Nevis, Kendrick Ellis and Sione Fua.

Now I realize that not all of those players would have been perfect fits for the Denver 4-3 scheme, but looking into Round 4, the Broncos still haven't addressed their biggest position of need.

I cannot see the Broncos solving their issues at DT with picks from the fourth round and onwards.

With the picks the Broncos have made so far, it can only mean that they are going to be very active in the free agent market at the DT position.

From Round 4 and on, I just don't see a lot of talent.

And the free agent market isn't exactly overflowing with DT talent. Just to name a few: Barry Cofield, DT, Giants, age 27; Brandon Mebane, DT, Seahawks, age 26; Alan Branch, DT, Cardinals, age 26; Derek Landri, DT, Panthers, age 27.

I think that with the way the Broncos have drafted, you could almost argue that they would be better off sticking with the 3-4 scheme and re-signing a couple of the D-linemen that wasn't re-signed before the lockout.

What do the Broncos have up their sleeves to solve the gaping hole at the DT position?!