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2016 NFL Draft: Broncos met with offensive tackle Jason Spriggs

The Broncos met with a potential first round offensive tackle.

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According to Tony Pauline of, Indiana offensive tackle, Jason Spriggs has already had a pre-draft visit with the Denver Broncos.

Spriggs is considered by many as the best pure left tackle in the draft after Laremy Tunsil. The Hoosier senior has already been on trips to visit the Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, besides working out for the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.

Spriggs is listed at 6'6', 301lbs and is incredibly athletic for an offensive tackle of his size. At February's NFL Scouting Combine Spriggs showed off his athleticism by testing at the top or near the top in all the testing drills he participated in. He showed a nice blend of size, speed, and strength at the combine which really helped his draft stock.

These athletic traits make him an ideal fit in Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking offense. Kubiak looks for athletic offensive lineman who move well and have ideal strength. So it makes sense that the Broncos are showing some sort of interest in Spriggs.

Spriggs is expected to go anywhere from the middle of the first round to the early second round, so would the Broncos look to draft Spriggs? That's an interesting question because the Broncos signed tackles Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson to free agent contracts this winter. So on paper, both tackle spots look to be filled. However, Okung's deal is basically a one-year deal and he comes with injury concerns, and Stephenson has yet to live up to his potential. So the argument could be made for the Broncos to select an offensive tackle early.

If available at 31, I think the Broncos would consider Spriggs, but needs at quarterback, defensive end, and safety could force the Broncos to wait until later in the draft to address the offensive tackle position.