It's only been a couple of days since my first Projected Depth Chart, but the transparency of EFX has allowed me to narrow in on what the Broncos may look like, come opening day...if there is one. Clearly, there are going to be some changes -- free agency and training camp are going to reshape this in ways I can't predict.
But as I said in my first post, it's fun to muse.
Here are the things I learned since Sunday:
Neither Fox nor Xanders have said a word about Bannan. They both however have mentioned Marcus Thomas. It may have more to do with this free agent status, but I'm penciling in Thomas instead of Justin. (However, I would prefer Justin.)
In looking at the weights of Fox's DT's and Allen's DT's, there is about a 20 lbs difference. Fox liked his center defensive linemen to hover around 290. Allen were around the 315-320 mark. Generally speaking, the nose tackle is the heavier of the two tackles, so I've moved Vikerson and Ayodele to NT and Thomas and McBean (mentioned yesterday in John Bena's interview of Xanders) to the under tackle.
Xanders gave up a lot of dirt in his interview with Big Al and DMac yesterday evening if you didn't get a chance to listen. Some of the nuggets included listing Haggan as a defensive end, Woodyard as a Will linebacker, Mays as the starting Mike with Irving right behind him, and Mohammad behind Von Miller in the Sam.
One curious note: In Coach Fox's conference call with season ticket holders Monday, someone asked about the importance of covering a QB's blind side. Many great coaches have said they wouldn't take any special measures for a left handed QB, however, Fox said "we'll switch the tackles if we need to." I actually don't think we'll need to with Orlando but this is another indication that Fox will "Release the Tebow".
Anyhow, here is my updated Projected 2011 Depth Chart:
PS. I've also moved around some the TE's/RB/FB based on some of the special teams comments made by the front office.