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Is the Broncos’ D-line in trouble next season?

Broncos Country Tonight hosts Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright disagreed on the state of the Broncos’ defensive line next season. Where do you stand?

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It sucks to be in that time of the football year where our team is irrelevant in the postseason discussion, but it’s still a little early to have much clarity on free agency and the draft.

And with no coaching drama - thank you! - it can be tough to find relevant Broncos topics...especially for three hours on the air!

But in the middle of conversations about playoff teams, XFL, NBA and poor reffing, Ryan Edwards and Benjamin Allbright did hit on an interesting topic of discussion - the state of the Broncos defensive line next season.

Edwards, while discussing how much he’d love to have the Bills’ D-line, was not shy about expressing his major concern for this unit next year. But Allbright believes the line will be just fine.

“Even if Harris and Wolfe don’t come back, you still have Mike Purcell, DeMarcus Walker and Dre’Mont Jones,” Allbright said, adding that he thinks one or both of the Harris-Wolfe duo will be re-signed.

Allbright considered Purcell to be very competent at nose tackle, and both Walker and Jones showed flashes that could be promising with more tutelage under Fangio.

With Bradley Chubb back from injury and a rejuvenated Von Miller, the defense should be OK, says Allbright. Plus, picking up another DT in free agency is likely.

But Edwards was not convinced, fearing a big drop-off in play: “Those three never played a down together.”

So it makes for an interesting discussion - is there cause for serious concern along that d-line if Wolfe and Harris are gone?

I have a feeling Wolfe will be back, but I’m not convinced Elway will pay the money he should to keep Harris - and Harris will deserve a nice new contract. Jones showed some promise, but I’m a little skeptical Walker will evolve into the every down player we need, so I tend to lean toward Edwards’ pessimism, but I’d rather adopt Allbright’s optimism.

What do you think, Broncos Country?


Is there reason to worry about the D-line next year?

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    100 percent.
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  • 63%
    Nah, we’ve got the defensive mastermind working here.
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