After a whirlwind of a draft weekend that saw the Denver Broncos trade back up into the first round to draft signal-caller Paxton Lynch out of Memphis, the Mile High squad is once again on the trail for a Lombardi Trophy. Lynch and their other seven selections join an already-talented roster, three of which were draft choices that addressed needs we highlighted in our last article. However, at this point, what other remaining needs are still on the board for Denver?
Max Garcia, a fourth-round selection last year, figures to start at one guard spot. Rookie fifth-round selection Connor McGovern from Missouri will likely win the other spot. But, neither one is truly proven, although Garcia flashed greatness at times last season. The Broncos will be left little alternative if either fails to be a solid starter this season. Discussion has been made about shifting young tackles Michael Schofield or Ty Sambrailo inside, or even free agent acquisition Donald Stephenson. Nevertheless, depth at true guard is razor thin.
2. Nose Tackle
Although the Wade Phillips 3-4 scheme doesn't require a true nose guard unlike the traditional heavy middle man, it is never the less a cog in the wheel of his blitz schemes. Sylvester Williams will be the returning starter, but the Broncos failed to give him a fifth-year option in his first-round contract. With disappointing second-year player Darius Kilgo and first-round Cleveland bust Phil Taylor the only depth, Denver would be wise to seek alternatives for the nose tackle position as they look to the future.
Matt Paradis was quietly the most consistent starter on Denver's offensive line last year, tallying a team-high 1,109 snaps on offense. In other words, every snap of the season. He'll return to solidify the center of the line for Mark Sanchez or Lynch, but again the theme of this entry is a need for depth. In the event that Paradis should go down, Garcia played center at Florida, and would likely be inserted there. That leads us back to the quandary of needing another starting-quality guard, of course...
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