The Denver Broncos hold the 20th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. With free agency positioned on the NFL calendar between now and Draft Day, many of Denver's roster holes could be filled by then.
GM John Elway has a sizable salary cap war chest, and financial wizard Michael Sullivan will stretch those dollars as far as they can go.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... But what should the Broncos do with pick 20? The team's holes, as I see it, are at offensive tackle, tight end, defensive line and inside linebacker.
Although Elway and company strive to remain true to the "best player available" philosophy, it doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes the urge to reach at a position of need is irresistible, even for the likes of Elway.
See quarterback Paxton Lynch for case in point.
So who are some of the prospects who could realistically be available to the Broncos at pick 20? Let's go through them.
Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk could be there. At 6-foot-6, and 314 pounds, he would be ideal for Denver's new power scheme, and could eventually move to left tackle.
The Broncos need to start over at the tackle position, and Ramczyk would be a solid cornerstone to build around.
Utah's 6-foot-5, 300-pound Garett Bolles could also be an option at 20. Bolles is lighter than Ramczyk but plays with a mean streak the Broncos have been missing in the trenches.
A former JUCO transfer, Bolles will likely need a bit more development before he can immediately make an impact. But he could likely hold down the fort at right tackle in the interim. He's also a big fella experienced at playing at altitude, which the Broncos covet.
Alabama's O.J. Howard is expected to be long gone by the time Denver picks, but Mimai's David Njoku is the next best option. Considered to be the No. 2 tight end in this class, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Njoku is gifted physically and is an explosive athlete but will need additional coaching at the pro level to refine his blocking acumen.
The Broncos have a couple of young, developmental tight ends on the roster, but could use an explosive athlete at the position.
On the defensive side of the ball, we have to start in the trenches. Denver needs help at defensive end, and one guy who could be a plug and play at pick 20 is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.
At 6-foot-6, 276 pounds, McDowell can penetrate in a one-gap system and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Stanford's Solomon Thomas would be ideal but is expected to be out of Denver's reach, barring a trade-up.
One guy who could make a big difference next to Brandon Marshall is Flordia's Jarrad Davis. At 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds, Davis is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker, with the physique and athleticism to shine in Denver's 3-4 system.
Alabama's Reuben Foster is considered to be the crown jewel at the position, but is projected to be a top-10 pick. The Broncos have three young guys at the position behind Marshall, but none of them have been able to make the same impact that Danny Trevathan did next him.
Running Back (Bonus)
Many fans are pining for Stanford's offensive swiss army knife Christian McCaffrey, but I have a hard time seeing the Broncos investing a first round pick in a running back. However, with his inside knowledge of the player, and ties to Stanford, it wouldn't totally shock me if Elway picked McCaffrey.
McCaffrey would not only upgrade the running back corps, but could immediately make an impact on Brock Olivo's special teams as a returner.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.