When the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning to a near $100 million contract, the way that they approached the offseason and team needs changed drastically. The Broncos have a serious need at defensive tackle, specifically a guy to plug the run, but how many teams are going to be pounding the ball against Denver if they start to go up by 14 points early in games? After all, that’s pretty much what happened any time teams had to play against Manning while he was healthy, right?
That being said, I think the Broncos could very well look to add at the wide receiver or running back position, and one guy who is making waves this offseason is Georgia Tech’s playmaker Stephen Hill. ESPN’s KC Joyner put together a post where he says that Hill measures out as the best receiver in the draft, and he would certainly give the Broncos a potent group of receivers including Hill, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker. There’s no doubt the Broncos will use the pass to set up the run, and right now they are thin at receiver after trading away Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Lloyd last year, and losing Eddie Royal to the San Diego Chargers.
It might be somewhat of a shocker to other fans, but the Broncos could easily make this move on draft night. They have been connected to Hill at some point or another this offseason, and are definitely in the market for receivers despite acquiring Andre Caldwell and Jason Hill. It would not surprise me to see the Broncos go after possibly two receivers in the draft just to solidify the position completely, and give Manning as much time as possible to grow with those players and have the best possible talent around him.
While many feel the Broncos need to upgrade their defense, it could be the offense that sees a bulk of the attention when the draft rolls around. I definitely could see them adding two receivers as well as two running backs with their seven picks. The Broncos are also rumored to be interested in defensive tackle and cornerback this April, possibly adding a backup quarterback. Some think the Broncos could look to bolster their offensive line depth as well, but that will most likely have to come when their roster is more fully set than it is now.
One sleeper prospect I would love to see the Broncos add in the fifth or sixth round is South Dakota State wide receiver Dale Moss, whom they spoke to at the East West Shrine game but have been keeping their interest in the down low for ever since. He is a big, fast, athletic receiver who could be a great addition in the later portion of the draft.
Either way, you can bet that the Broncos want to add some speed and athleticism to their offense, and getting Hill in the first round would solidify that.