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The Mile High Report staff has gathered once again for a round table discussion to answer seven questions about the Denver Broncos this coming season. The first question, "What Denver Broncos player do you expect to have a breakout season?"

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Mile High Report hit the round table discussion this week to talk expectations from the Denver Broncos and their players in 2016. The first question up was which player each of us expects to have a breakout season.

The two biggest positions in question are obviously inside linebacker and quarterback, but a breakout player could really come from any position on the team. It can even be a "comeback" kind of player who is coming off a down year or a series of down years.

Our staff chimed in with a wide variety of answers, with no clear consensus on who we believe will be the breakout player this year.  With answers all over the board, one of us is bound to be right in our predictions.

Corey Nelson

He has the speed and the smarts, now he just needs the chance. He'll get that this year and I think he will turn a lot heads with his play. His game reminds me a lot of Wesley Woodyard. - Joe Mahoney

Shaquil Barrett

There was a player last year that had 5.5 sacks, 4 passes defended, 4 forced fumbles, 28 tackles and 14 assists who is poised to make a big impact in 2016. This cat is a linebacker who only saw about 45% of the defensive snaps (h/t to He'll get plenty of snaps, has no weakness to his game, and straight up can get after the QB. Shaquil Barrett is the guy I think has a big shot to make a name for himself this season. - Sadaraine

Mark Sanchez

In order to have a "breakout" season, it implies that that player hasn't had one yet. This eliminates pretty much everyone that was starting on our defense last year, and most of the rotational guys. So with that being said, I'm going to pick an offensive person to have a breakout season, and that player is the QB himself, Mark Sanchez. Yes, Kubiak and Elway are about to put the franchise in The Sanchize.

The misnomer about the Kubiak offense is that it isn't a QB friendly system. Well, like they say about New Orleans, "If you can't make it here, you can't make it anywhere!" Because of that, and because I truly believe to my core that that encompasses the Kubiak offense to QBs to completely, I think that Sanchez will surprise a ton of people. Look, he has talent. All top of draft guys have talent. Now he needs the a) coaches, and b) teammates on offense to round out his skillset.

I think he was done a disservice with Rex Ryan's offensive ineptitude, and Chip Kelly is, well, Chip Kelly. I hold none of that against the former #5 overall pick from only a handful of years ago. I expect stability and game management from him. I don't expect star wars numbers because that isn't what a QB has in a Kubiak system. Look for 4,000 yards, 25 TDs to single digit INTs, and watch him, along with the defense, to have the Broncos moonwalking into the #1 seed for a chance to defend their title. - Pete Baron

Shane Ray

I am not saying his rookie campaign was bad, but DeMarcus Ware is not getting any younger, and Ray has the chance to step into his role. If Ray can spell Ware more often this season, and keep the rush as ferocious, Denver can be even more dominant than last year. It will also preserve Ware for the important games, playoffs, etc.

Year two for Ray should be a monster season. He has a high level of talent, and good leadership around him. He should be able to grow by leaps and bounds. With the defensive backfield continuing to allow the defensive line extra time to get to the quarterback, and double teams finding Von Miller on the other side of the ball, Ray will have ample opportunity to make some impact plays. - Adam Malnati

Bradley Roby

The underrated member of the No Fly Zone is undoubtedly Bradley Roby.  Last season he made a lot of big plays on the defensive side oft he ball and has also been a contributor on special teams, but I truly believe this is the year he puts everything together and performs at a Pro-Bowl caliber level.  Yes, that is my prediction — a Pro-Bowl nod for Roby in 2016. - Christopher Hart

Demaryius Thomas

It seems stupid to put his name here, but the #tradedt crowd is very vocal and annoying. So, DT must have another "breakout year" to silence his critics. Thomas finished the season as the seventh best wide receiver in the entire NFL, despite playing with two different quarterbacks who both struggled in their own ways.

Add that to the fact that his mom was released from prison for the first time since he was a boy, you can kind of understand why he had an issue with drops and only finished just outside the Top 5 wide receivers in the league. I expect Thomas to explode back onto the scene in 2016 and the #tradedt people will feel pretty dumb for wanting to get rid of elite talent after one "down" year. - Tim Lynch

Max Garcia

Max Garcia had a pretty good rookie season, and it can be argued that he was the Broncos most impactful 2015 draft selection. Garcia saw most of his playing time between weeks 12 and 17 filling in for both Evan Mathis and Louis Vasquez. He’s a natural run blocker, but needs to improve in pass protection.

I expect him to have a breakout season because the Broncos offense desperately needs him to. After having a year to adjust to the NFL, and learn the zone blocking system, the stage is set for Garcia to take the reigns as one of the staples of this line for years to come. - Brandon Perna

Paxton Lynch

Let's have some fun with this selection: Paxton Lynch. Yes, the common belief is you have to sit a year and gain experience. The Broncos need to do what the Green Bay Packers did with Aaron Rodgers. Why? Mark Sanchez is Brett Favre? What if Lynch, as John Elway has already said, surprises people?

I think Lynch can come out and prove why Elway traded up to get him. When you add the expectations of the Denver offense and the continued dominance of the defense, it's all in Lynch's hands. I think he steps up and delivers in a big way. - Ian St. Clair

Bennie Fowler

He was proving to be money hands near the end of the season, and I think he'll show us this year that he can be a major contributor on this rebuilding offense and be a solid third receiver for the QB (whomever that is!) - Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann

Zaire Anderson

I’m going to disagree with Joe Mahoney and say that Zaire Anderson will have a breakout season in the ILB role, not Corey Nelson (although I really like Nelson). Zaire can flat out play, but the biggest knock on him has been his size. At 220 lbs he seems too small to play ILB.

However, Zaire fits in the mold of the next wave of hybrid defenders in NFL. Guys like Deone Bucannon and Telvin Smith check in around the 220 lb mark and have had success playing inside linebacker. C.J. Anderson, in an interview, called him out as a guy to watch for to take over Danny Trevethan’s spot. - Jeffrey Essary

A Handful of Players

Paxton Lynch. Just kidding, I've been talking about guys like Kenny Anunike and Zaire Anderson all offseason. I think the guys that are really going to have breakout seasons are those guys in the final year of their contract, Broncos drafted two safeties and Darian Stewart is in his final year, I'd expect him to be about as good as it gets at safety. Emmanuel Sanders is in his final year, Sylvester Williams, Kayvon Webster, Brandon Marshall, Vance Walker, Ronnie Hillman and technically Von Miller right now. - Ian Henson

Broncos Country, who do you feel will breakout season in 2016? Sound off in the comments section and give us your picks!