Every team has strengths and weaknesses. The Denver Broncos clearly have strengths in their defense, but when Pro Football Focus put together a secret weapon for each team in the NFL they keyed in on Broncos starting center Matt Paradis.
Center Matt Paradis
Paradis elevated his game in 2016, emerging as the No. 2-graded center in the NFL (90.4 overall). He excels in the running game, and Denver's previous zone-heavy scheme was a perfect fit for his skill set. Even with a new system this season, Paradis is off to another strong start, with a 79.1 overall grade that ranks fifth in the league. Paradis has been the Broncos' rock in the middle of the line while the team searches for consistency at offensive tackle. It looks like he'll be a long-term fixture at center.
It’s safe to say that Paradis has rebounded from multiple hip issues that slowed him all through the offseason. He was the most dominant lineman no the team under Gary Kubiak’s zone scheme, but has already adjusted well to the new power scheme under Mike McCoy.
If his hip issues are fully recovered, Paradis is going to end up one of those 10-year starters and a perennial all-pro kind of player.
Have the Broncos found their long-term answer at center in Matt Paradis?
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