2021 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos wish list for next offseason

Nick Bolton, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Kwity Paye, 2021 NFL Draft
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4. Defensive front

You don’t usually have to twist John Elway’s arm too hard to get him to look for a pass rusher early on in the NFL Draft.

He’s made a habit of using top 100 picks on players for the defensive front, pretty much every single year since he was put in charge in 2011 (when he used his top pick on Von Miller).

The Broncos have a tremendously talented defensive front which includes an edge duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, and an interior with Jurrell Casey and Shelby Harris leading the pack.

Harris and fellow starter Mike Purcell are on one-year deals with Denver. Backups DeMarcus Walker and Christian Covington are also on one-year deals.

If the Broncos did nothing to their defensive line rotation after this season, they would still have Casey, potential 2020 breakout player Dre’Mont Jones, and 2020 third-round pick McTelvin Agim to build around.

But Von Miller has passed the age 30 threshold and although he’s a generational type of athlete who should have no problem playing at a high level well into his 30s, the Broncos could look for a pass rusher to spell Miller or bookend Chubb in the long-term.

There are so many options for Denver on the defensive front in this draft class, in particular in the top 50-100 players.