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Horse Tracks: Broncos will begin to forge future identity through draft

After an offseason where the team experienced a mass exodus of players from the squad, the Denver Broncos will turn to the NFL Draft to help forge the future identity of the franchise.

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Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country.

Players come and go and this offseason was no exception, with many more players leaving the Denver Broncos in free agency than there were additions to the squad.

It's not easy being the defending Super Bowl champions. Rival teams across the league see your success and undoubtedly, do what they can to take a pieces away from that winning recipe in hopes to concoct one of their own for the coming season.

But John Elway never wanted it to be easy and at no point in time as a player or General Manager of the Denver Broncos, has he backed away from a challenge.

Through the howling winds of the offseason that have brought significant change to Dove Valley, Elway has remain cool, calm and collected.  A handful of new players have been brought in who are expected to compete for starting positions and play a large role in their plans to hoist back-to-back Lombardi Trophy's.

The 2016 NFL Draft provides Elway and the rest of the Broncos Brass with one more opportunity to reshuffle their roster and forge the future identity of what the franchise will become.

With 4 picks in the Top 100 selections and 10 overall (with upwards of 11 in 2017 as well), Elway will have the ability to be flexible and creative in order to assemble the best team possible to compete on the gridiron for this coming season.

Expect him to be aggressive in pursuit of players who want to be Broncos — which is to be a part of something special.

A quarterback.  A few defensive lineman.  A linebacker.  A safety.  Perhaps even a few more additional weapons on offense to bolster production not only now, but from now on.

Most certainly, the Broncos will bring in a bounty of prospects through the draft and the class they select will be huge part of the major transition the team will endure in the post-Manning Era.

Change isn't always easy, but rising to that challenge is something Elway will do and has done extraordinarily well since taking over the reigns of a franchise who no less than five years ago, was in desperate need of rebuilding.

But this year isn't a rebuilding year — it's a reloading year and there is little doubt in my mind that he and the rest of his staff will be up to the task.

Get ready for an exciting three days.  The future identity of the Denver Broncos will begin to reveal itself.

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

Horse Tracks

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