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Horse Tracks: Broncos must draft a safety

With their safety depth decimated through the free agency, the Denver Broncos need to find a playmaker for their defensive back end in the NFL Draft.

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Good Morning, Broncos Country.

Fifteen days is all that remains until the start of the 2016 NFL Draft.  Over the course of the next few weeks, every team league wide, including the Denver Broncos, will be finalizing their draft boards and strategies.

Have no doubts that Denver is one of many teams inquiring about a handful of moves, up or down in slot position, talking trade with teams who have certain players targeted highly on their boards.

The Broncos will be active. With a tremendous haul of ten draft picks, the team will have extreme flexibility for this years draft that will allow them to move up to get a prized player in the first-round or rounds after.

Though most of the pre-draft process has focused on what Denver can do to find their quarterback of the future, one spot being vastly ignored by media and news outlets for the team is the safety position.

David Bruton and Omar Bolden, used as reserve depth and spot-duty starters in their careers in orange and blue, have moved on to new franchises for the 2016 season. Those moves significantly hurt the teams' depth on their defensive back end and is a priority for the them heading into the draft.

Keep in mind that standout safety Darian Stewart is in his last year of his contract with the team, which is just another reason why the Broncos will most certainly add a safety (perhaps two) to their squad in just a few weeks.

They have brought in a handful of safety prospects for private workouts and have scouted several others over the past few months, most notably the Clemson duo of Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green and highly-touted West Virginia defender Karl Joseph.

At the free safety position, numerous quality prospects exist that could bolster their depth and provide long-term solutions to their current issue down the road.  Players like Keanu Neal, Sean Davis, Darian Thompson, Jalen Mills and DeAndre Houston-Carson should all see themselves drafted within the first 125 selections.

Additionally, Jeremy Cash, Miles Killebrew, Kevin Byrad and Vonn Bell could also be intriguing options for the team at the strong safety position who also offer starting potential.

I wouldn't be surprised if one of those top prospects finds themselves wearing a Broncos uniform come the end of this month.  It's not a question of if, but really who and when in regard to the teams' drafting of a safety in 2016.

Who would you like to see Denver draft at the safety position? Sound off in the comments section and talk about your favorite prospects.

As always, thanks for reading and here is today's offering of Horse Tracks.

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