According to Bleacher Report's draft expert Matt Miller, he was told by a Denver Broncos coaching source that they will likely go offensive tackle in the first round and may even trade up for that tackle.
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We already know the Broncos are likely going tackle in the first round, but hearing it from a coaching source adds some validation to those talks. The added nugget about them potentially trading up for that guy is also interesting.
Denver Broncos: A coaching staff source said he thinks they'll go offensive tackle at pick No. 20 overall and wouldn't rule out a potential move up the board to get one. Linebacker, wide receiver and quarterback are considered the other needs by the front office.
It was already reported today that the Broncos are among the teams in on Utah tackle Garett Bolles and Miller's report seems to indicate that they are willing to trade up for their guy if they have too(Or for Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk or Alabama's Cam Robinson).
Elway stated yesterday during the Broncos pre-draft press conference that he believes that there is one in this draft, and if added would compete for the starting left tackle job.
"Yes. There could possibly be one. If that’s where we go he’s going to come in and compete for a job. Just like all of the rookies that will come in, they’ll all come in and compete for a job."
So if Bolles is that one guy, which seems like he is, the Broncos will be aggressively after the Utah tackle and have the extra picks needed to move up for him if needed.
Now Miller also notes that the Broncos front office considers linebacker, wide receiver, and quarterback the team's needs heading into the draft.
I think the Broncos are looking for a sub-package/coverage linebacker to spell Todd Davis at times since he struggled in that role at times last season. Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham was a late visit to the Broncos before the deadline, so that's a name to keep an eye on in the second round.
The Broncos are set at the top of the receiver position but have been looking at slot receivers during the entire draft process, so I'd expect a slot receiver to be added sometime on day two or early on day 3. A name to watch is North Carolina's, Ryan Switzer.
As for quarterback, I believe the Broncos want a young third-stringer who they can groom and develop like they did with Trevor Siemian. They also only have two quarterback's on the roster so another needs to be added. I'd expect one added something in the sixth or seventh round and probably another added when they sign UDFA's this weekend.
So again, it really looks like the Broncos are going offensive tackle in the first round and are high on Garett Bolles. Unless they're blowing major smoke here, I think Bolles is the favorite to be the Broncos first-round pick.