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Offense or defense for Mr. Elway?

A look at what the Broncos could/should do in the NFL draft

By Domenic Grey
On April 25, 2017

The sexy pick? or the pick that will fill the biggest need. The NFL draft edition of roulette is upon us, and the Denver Broncos are 20th in line.


Every defensive coordinator that was on the Broncos schedule knew exactly what Denver offense struggled with, but if you didn’t notice, just go to the Broncos equipment managers, and ask how hard it was to get the stains out of Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch's uniforms after every game. In 2016, the Broncos o-line allowed 40 sacks, which was fifth worst in the league, causing for many fans to send direct letters to the team, asking to draft a offensive lineman.


Protecting the quarterback is whats been harping out of many analyst’s mouth, when describing what's Denver's biggest need, but the buzz around the city has been full of confusion. People wondering how things can get so bad when were only two season removed from the Super Bowl 50 win. One person can shield a whole offenses weak spot, or whole line in the Broncos case. Peyton Manning isn't walking through the door anytime soon, but when he under center for the blue and orange he was able to use his mind to blind not only the defense but the coordinators too from how horrible the line was. When defensive monsters like Khalil Mack lined up, Manning was quick to audible to plays that would give the tackles a crutch to lean on, but it's the young gun’s time to drive the offense.


 Offensive line wasn't the only disappoint for the Broncos this year. The wide receiver duo of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders put up numbers last year that was Pro Bowl worthy, but behind them it was completely silent on the field. Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor combined for just 27 receptions and only 4 touchdowns. That causes for concern just as much as how terrible the o-line is making that a need too.


So, what should the Blue and Orange do with the pick?


With the 20th pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Denver Broncos select.... Ryan Ramczyk, offensive tackle, University of Wisconsin. It's not the sexiest pick, but it's the nastiest pick. On the first page of the offensive line bible, it says when run blocking, every lineman should have the mindset of putting that defensive player on their back on every snap. Ramczyk did just that for the Badgers in his first and only year as a starter. He’s also a player who comes from a school that breeds great offensive lineman, so the Broncos know exactly what they're getting when steps on the field. Ramczyk is also a guy who can come right and win the starting job over Donald Stephson and Ty Sambrailo on the first day of Training camp.


If anybody knows John Elway's, they know he's a man who loves to take many risk to improve his team for present instead of the future, and that won't stop this draft. I believe Elway will somehow squeeze the team back into the first round. To do that, Denver would have to find a viable trade partner who's comfortable with trading their first-round pick for a few late round picks.


The Broncos will trade their second, fourth, and one of their seventh-round picks to the Green Bay Packers who hold the 29th pick, and with that pick I believe the Broncos should take Miami tight end David Njoku. That pick might cause some people to scratch some heads, but the 6’4 245 sophomore can do it all. Njoku will come right in relieve some of the safeties who hover over Thomas and Sanders. Njoku can jump out the stadium to catch the ball, and when he does, Njoku is not going down without an entourage of defender on his back. He can become the safety valve that Siemian or Lynch will need with a at least three new starters upfront.


    With Ramczyk and Njoku on the Broncs roster, it won't be long before the Lombardi trophy is back in the Mile-High City


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