2017 was an obvious rebuilding year for Denver, what with Peyton Manning retiring and the team being cap strained heading into the year. Now Denver finds itself in a slightly better place fiscally but with an ageing roster with new holes on it.
Primary Needs: DT, OT, TE
Secondary Needs: RB, EDGE
Free Agency Strategy: With $29 million to spend Denver can probably afford to bring back their two primary free agents, Sylvester Williams and Demarcus Ware. The team might decide to upgrade at either spot though depending on which players get franchise tagged. Certainly a player like Dontari Poe would be a target if he were available, as might Melvin Ingram. Either would weaken a divisional opponent, and probably allow the Broncos to resign whichever player they did not replace with their big splash. The team could also look to enter the relatively deep free agent market at offensive tackle since the draft isn’t going to be much help this season.
Draft Strategy: Denver is in good shape with compensatory picks this year. They should recoup two 3rd round selections and a fourth, giving them plenty of ammunition in a deep draft class. With many of their needs being longer term developmental and rotational players Denver could, with a prudent free agency period, fill all of their needs before they use their supplemental third rounders. WIth no viable nose tackle in the first round the Broncos might look to upgrade their offensive tackle spots. Garett Bolles is the best left tackle in this draft, and the only first round talent on the weak side. Ryan Ramczyk is a solid right tackle prospect that has value at 20. The team could also choose to bring in a game changer at tight end like OJ Howard in order to take more pressure off of their quarterback next season. Edge rushers like Takkarist McKinley, Carl Lawson, and Tim Williams should also be considered here, depending on the team’s free agency moves. In the second round edge players like Hassan Reddick, Ryan Anderson, and TJ Watt make sense. There isn’t real value at the Bronco’s positions of need in the second round so a trade down would also make sense.