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Mile High Report columnist Christopher Hart joined The Nate Brown Show on Fox Sports Radio to discuss the franchise’s free agency endeavors, plans in the NFL Draft, and the dogfight that will ensue for the AFC West crown in 2019.

On Monday evening I joined the The Nate Brown Show on Fox Sports Radio in Rapid City, South Dakota to discuss several topics concerning the Denver Broncos. John Elway and company have been extremely active in their offseason endeavors and fans should be elated about what has already happened. Moreover, all of Broncos Country should be intrigued about what is on the horizon in April.

First on deck was a short dialogue on the Broncos’ alternative proposal to onside kicks. While it received a 7-1 vote and was popular in the league’s competition committee, it was shot down by the owners on Monday. In my opinion, the proposed change would have provided more excitement to the dynamic of close games, but it appears the head honchos of the National Football League felt otherwise.

The second area of discussion revolved around how the franchise fared in free agency. To me the answer was easy — the Broncos hit a home run. The three major signings of Ja’wuan James, Kareem Jackson, and Bryce Callahan provide the team with flexibility and opportunity entering the 2019 NFL Draft and bolstered their roster tremendously. Now that they have checked off huge needs on the offensive line and secondary, what could the Broncos be eyeing to do with the tenth overall selection?

Truth be told, it’s far too early to know exactly what the Broncos are planning to do. Their draft board hasn’t been finalized, scouts are still on the Pro Day circuit, and in-house interviews with draft prospects are being conducted. There’s still a lot of work to do in Dove Valley, however, one thing is crystal clear — regardless of how fans perceive the moves thus far (especially with respect to Joe Flacco) — John Elway and his staff believe they can compete at a high level this year.

Without question, all options are on the table for the Broncos in the first round. It appears that they have set themselves up to take the best player available and aren’t pigeon-holed into a particular position. At the end of the day, that prospect could very well be a quarterback, but I believe the team will opt to take a player who will come in and contribute immediately with their first-round pick.

Last but not least, we discussed the current landscape of the AFC West. Is any team a clear favorite to take the divisional crown in 2019 or will it be a dogfight race to the top? To find out my thoughts on that and much more, you’ll just have to listen to the segment embedded above.

The Nate Brown Show airs from 4-6 PM (MST) Monday through Friday on 106.7 FM and 1150 AM and can be streamed online. If you’re a Broncos fan and someone who enjoys top-notch sports coverage, you won’t want to miss what they show has to offer. Be sure to show your support to Nate and Dylan by giving them follow on Twitter as well as bookmarking the station’s official website. Thanks for listening and feel free to talk about the questions we discussed in the comments below.