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Denver Broncos 2016 Review

Sub-par play from quarterback Trevor Siemian, the offensive line, and injuries at running back were among the biggest culprits for the Broncos disappointing 9-7 season. Defensively, the Denver Broncos were one of the best in the NFL. Joseph is inheriting a unit that finished 2016 fourth in points allowed and total defense. Ultimately, Denver struggled stopping the run; finishing 28th in the NFL. Offensively the Broncos struggled, ranking 22nd in ppg and 27th in yards.

Prospects

Denver has been linked to an offensive lineman in nearly every first-round mock draft. Ryan Ramczyk out of Wisconsin would be a nice selection at 20th spot. Ramczyk has overcome extreme odds in his collegiate career. Heavily recruited out of high school, he turned down offers from D-I schools to attend a local college close to home.

Ramczyk enrolled at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. After two impressive seasons, he transferred to Wisconsin. After a red-shirt season in 2015, Ramczyk earned first-team Big-Ten and All-American selections at left tackle.

Christian McCaffrey is an interesting mid-round selection for obvious reasons. His father Ed, won two Super Bowls with John Elway in the 90’s and played 13 seasons in the NFL. McCaffrey has a skill-set similar to Los Angeles Chargers running back Danny Woodhead. McCaffrey is a dual-threat running back and has value in the return game. He ended his college career as one of the best in the country

John Toth would be a massive upgrade at center for the Denver Broncos. Per Pro Football Focus Toth graded out as the highest rated offensive player on the South roster in the Senior Bowl and recently accepted an invitation to the Scouting Combine. Toth excels in zone-schemes making him a fit for the Denver Broncos. The first-team All-SEC performer is projected as a day-three pick.

The Broncos finished the regular season 28th in the league in rush defense. Montavious Adams was one of the premier run-stoppers in the nation in 2016. The former Auburn Tiger ended his Senior season with 44 tackles, 8.5 tfl, 4.5 sacks, along with a forced fumble and interception. At 6-4 310 pounds, Adams has the size and athleticism that coaches crave. Adams projects as a three-technique in a 4-3 or the five in a 3-4.

Conclusion

Vance Joseph has stated his team is going to be major players in free-agency. Denver has roughly 50 million dollars in cap space and will continue to draft the best player available in the draft. With a solid draft and few big signings in free agency, the Denver Broncos could return to their winning ways in 2017.