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Quenton Nelson could be crucial piece to Broncos offensive line

The thought of signing Kirk Cousins and then taking Nelson with the No. 5 pick in the NFL Draft is a lot of fun.

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Thank goodness we’re a little more than a week from the start of free agency. When that day, March 14, finally arrives the speculation will end. Even if it doesn’t happen right away, it’ll come soon enough.

Until that comes, we can continue to run through the various scenarios John Elway and the Denver Broncos could encounter. I’ve gone through a few, and they’re predicated on the franchise signing Kirk Cousins. From the team drafting Saquon Barkley or signing free agent guard Josh Sitton. How about all of the above, especially with the rumor Elway is talking with the Cleveland Browns to get to the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft? If Denver signs Cousins, it could trade back with a team like the Buffalo Bills and get more draft capital, though I’m not as keen on that idea.

As Adam Malnati and I discussed on the latest MHR Radio Podcast, the other situation I can’t help but get excited about is signing Cousins and drafting offensive lineman Quenton Nelson. When you see the week he’s had on the field but also his comments to the media, I want him on the Broncos even more. Some won’t like the value given he’s a guard, but Nelson improves the offensive line and makes Garett Bolles that much better. The left side of Denver’s line is now set. All that’s left is right tackle. Though if you add Sitton and put him at left guard, you can then draft a right tackle, depending on what they decide to do in the draft. But back on point.

The thought of Bolles and Nelson next to each other makes me smile. Two mean, nasty linemen who want to beat the crap out of their opponents would be so much fun to watch. To see one of the biggest issues for this franchise become a strength would be a sight for sore eyes.

Soon enough the speculation will end and the 2018 Broncos will start to take shape.

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