Here's one last look at the state of the roster before the draft. Denver has 9 draft picks and will probably add 3 or 4 free agents during or right after the draft. So I am guessing three or four guys will get cut before the draft to make room on the roster, although I guess they could wait and see if they make any trades during the draft that open up a roster spot(s). Denver will have to cut another set of players in July when they sign the rookie draftees.
Based solely on roster numbers, Denver needs to add a kicker and a punter/kicker. They need to add at least 2 DT, 1 OT and one other OL. Based on talent and contract situations, I will guess that Denver adds a DB and at least one more DL, possibly two. They will also add some type of offensive skill position player (RB/WR), possibly 2 as well as possibly another offensive lineman. That makes for 6 "definite" and 3 "likely" additions and 3 "possiblities" for a total of 12. This matches up pretty well with the 12-13 players that I project them adding.
I thought about trying to predict how it will all break down, but this season is tougher than most to read. Nonetheless, I will throw a few things out there. Denver trades a 4th/5th and 6th/7th for D-Rob. They use a 6th/7th on a P or K. They use one 4th rounder on a DT and a 4th/5th rounder on a OL. They will sign a free agent P or K (whichever is not drafted). And to fill the last "definite need" Denver will either sign a free agent or use a first day pick. Assuming they sign a free agent, Denver would have filled the "definite" needs while keeping 4 picks for other needs (1st, 2nd, 4th/5th, 7th). With those "extra" picks, nothing short of drafting Matt Ryan would surprise me. But I do think Denver has the flexibility to take the players they want (best player available or biggest improvement over the current roster or whatever) on the first day knowing that they should be able to fill their remaining needs later in the draft.
|Pos||Min||Curr||My #||Locks||Probable||Looks Good for now||Still on the Bubble|
|QB||4||4||2 of 4||Jay Cutler
|RB||6||8||5 of 7||Travis Henry
|Mike Bell||Marquis Weeks
|WR||8||10||8 of 9||Brandon Marshall
|Marquay McDaniel||Cliff Russell|
|TE||6||6||5 of 6||Daniel Graham
|OL||13||11||9 of 13||Tom Nalen
|DE||7||10||6 of 9||Jarvis Moss
|Kenny Peterson||Larry Birdine
|DT||7||5||4 of 7||Alvin McKinley
|Josh Mallard||Michael Bozeman|
|LB||8||9||6 of 8||DJ Williams
|Jordan Beck||Brandon Archer
|CB||6||6||4 of 6||Champ Bailey
|Lamont Reid||Christian Morton|
|S||6||8||4 of 6||John Lynch
|P||2||2||2 of 3||Sam Palescu||Danny Baugher|
|K||2||1||1 of 2||Matt Prater|
|75||80||56 of 80||44||12||9||15|
Some notes on the chart.
The min column are the minimum values taken from my previous diaries. They add up to 75 of the 80 spots.
(The darker rows in that column are ones I project the Broncos will bring over the min to camp)
The "My #" is the number of "Locks"+"Probables" then my guess for the number brought to camp.
(ie. "3 of 5" means that there are a combination of three players who are locks or probable and the team will bring 5 guys to camp)
Anyone with any doubt went into the "Bubble" column.