Safety John Lynch continued to show flashes of the type of play he has come to be known for in ‘06, but his consistency hasn’t been typical of the past. And, although Lynch has been selected to another Pro Bowl, the thirty-five year old is not quite the same player he once was. Lynch may not be at a top level much longer, and the team will consider this when making their offseason decisions. An early draft pick at the position would go a long way in adding youth to learn under Lynch’s tutelage.
Also on the defensive side of the ball, the Broncos need to address the line at the tackle position. The pass rush suffered at times last season, allowing quarterbacks to find ample time to scan the field and make a throw. The secondary and linebacker worked hard to keep the problem to a minimum, but a big body that can get to the quarterback would bolster the defensive effort further. There should be decent draft depth at this position—Alan Branch, DeMarcus Tyler, Quinn Pitcock included—so if Denver decides to wait on a safety, their first-round pick could be spent here.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Broncos still have questions at the wide receiver spot. There is depth with Rod Smith, Javon Walker, Brandon Stokley, David Kircus, and Brandon Marshall, but there are concerns. Smith will be thirty-seven when the 2007 season starts, Stokley battled injury all of last season, and Kircus and Marshall are still developing. Walker is a top talent, but he—and young quarterback Jay Cutler—will need help in the passing game, especially if Smith’s age slows him further.
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