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Horse Tracks: 2017 NFL Draft shaping up to be a deep class

With the collegiate bowl season nearing an end, more highly-touted prospects are announcing their intentions to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, which is shaping up to be a deep class.

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

Several weeks ago, I wrote a Horse Tracks on the early entrants in this years' NFL Draft.  At that time, less than 20 prospects had announced their intentions to go pro.  As the collegiate bowl season nears its end, the list has grown exceptionally and there is a wealth of talent heading to the NFL that may make this class on of the deepest in recent memory.

On most given years, teams usually have around twenty players with legitimate first round grades.  After checking out a few big boards on respected sites, it appears that most people seem to have twice that many prospects who are thought of that highly.

Defensive back, tight end, defensive line, running back and wide receiver are positions that are loaded with talent.  Considering that the Broncos could use reinforcements at most of those areas (besides defensive back), that should bode well for their ability to get impact players in the early rounds come April.

One of the major areas the Broncos need improvement at is one the offensive line. Unfortunately, there aren't a whole lot of top-tier prospects in the first-round who could make an immediate impact for the team, but there appears to be a wealth of second day options that could be good fits for the Broncos.

Antonio Garcia, Taylor Moton, Avery Gennesy and Chad Wheeler are all names you should keep an eye on at offensive tackle.  They don't get the recognition that Cam Robinson, Ryan Ramczyk or Garett Bolles do, but I wouldn't be surprised if one of them are selected to help fortify the teams' line and could cement themselves as second or third round picks with good performances at the combine.

The Broncos currently are projected to have ten selections in the 2017 NFL Draft.  That is plenty of ammunition to move up and down the board and find the best players they can to improve the squad for next season and beyond.

Stay tuned to Mile High Report over the next few months for all things related to the 2017 NFL Draft.  We will have in-house scouting reports, analysis on the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine and provide you with any breaking news in regard to the Broncos' plans in this years' draft as it develops.

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

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