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No Bull Broncos’ Roster Status: Pre-draft

Looking at the Denver Broncos roster as it stands to see where needs are for the draft that may influence draft day decisions.

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While life hasn’t afforded me the time to do a big roster breakdown like I normally do, I’ve been dialing in on the draft as this week approached and wanted to share my take on our roster as it stands. For those of you who’ve read my stuff for years, this is going to feel pretty familiar.

I keep things simple (and completely subjective) using the following rating system:

Unit Rating Key:

1 - Critical Need - lack of talent at starter and depth

2 - Lacking at least one starter

3 - Mediocre need

4 - Solid talent and depth

5 - Elite talent level

Quick and dirty ratings of the roster as it stands today:

Defensive roster status overall:

Defensive Ends 4

Nose Tackles 4

Cornerbacks 5

Safeties 5

Outside Linebackers 4

Inside Linebackers 2

Offensive roster status overall:

Tackles 3

C / G 4

Wide Receivers 5

Tight Ends 4

Quarterbacks 1

Running backs 2

Special Teams:

Kicker 4

Punter 4

Points of interest

  • I’d put OLB at 5 if Von had played healthy last season
  • ILB has been a sore need for a long time, I think both starters could be upgraded for the record
  • Tackle I almost put at a 2 because of the unknown of RT. I left it at a 3 based solely on what coach Mike Munchak was able to do last season
  • While it is debatable if the Broncos have a NFL top-5 WR, my eyes tell me their WR room is absolutely stacked with talent
  • The loss of Phillip Lindsay dropped our RB room to a 2

Feel free to discuss, ask questions in the comments, and share your ideas on the roster (as this is a completely subjective exercise). I’ll hop in as time allows today and dig in as this is the baseline for my draft preview.

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