November 24, 2023

Top need areas for the Broncos in the 2023 NFL Draft. The Denver Broncos do not have a long list of needs for the 2023 NFL draft after filling a lot of gaps during NFL free agency.

That’s fantastic news considering the Broncos only have five picks total right now and they don’t have any first-round or second-round picks. Later this month, Denver general manager George Paton will need to maximize his meager draft budget.

Cornerback and center are two of the team’s most pressing needs. The Broncos’ other needy positions are primarily depth-related.

The team’s most pressing roster requirements are listed below.


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Last year, Damarri Mathis rose to the occasion and performed admirably, although the Broncos would probably prefer to have him as a CB3 rather than a CB2. To play opposite Pat Surtain, Denver might use a cornerback who is good enough to start.


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Currently, Kyle Fuller will compete with Lloyd Cushenberry this summer at center, according to the depth chart. To complement Ben Powers and Quinn Meinerz on the inside of the offensive line, the Broncos could need a center with greater potential.

Defensive line

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Zach Allen was signed by the Broncos in free agency to replace Dre’Mont Jones, but DeShawn Williams, who started 15 games last year, was also let go. Denver may need another defensive end capable of starting.

Running back

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Samaje Perine and Javonte Williams seem to make a great team, but Williams’ rehabilitation timetable is questionable. The Broncos must select a young RB with potential to give their backfield greater depth.

Offensive line depth

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The Broncos gained Mike McGlinchey and Ben Powers in free agency, but the club still needs a new starting-caliber center and more line depth. A second backup guard and swing tackle are also needed in Denver.


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Although cornerback/returner Tremon Smith was signed by the Broncos to a two-year contract during the free-agent period, coach Sean Payton hinted at the need for more returner competition at the NFL owners’ meetings in Arizona last month. Maybe a defensive back or wide receiver who had kicked returns in college will be selected by the Broncos.

OLB, TE, ILB, WR, S: Additional depth wouldn’t hurt

With only five selections in the draft, certain areas where the Broncos might need additional depth will need to be filled by undrafted free agents. Although we don’t see pass rusher, tight end, inside linebacker, wide receiver, or safety as key needs going into the draft, Denver may decide to choose one of those players.

The NFL draft for 2023 will take place in Kansas City from April 27 to 29.

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