What Left Tackle Prospect Do The Denver Broncos Have Their Eye On?

With a roster hole glaring at left tackle, the Broncos still have some work to do. Sitting at pick 20, what tackle prospect do the Broncos like the most?

The Tony Romo saga is over.  And the Denver Broncos still have a little more than $16 million in available salary cap space. 

Could they use some of that space to sign a tackle? Possibly, although the market has dwindled significantly. Names like King Dunlap and Ryan Clady are the best of what's left. 

GM John Elway could look at making a trade. There's been speculation that Cleveland's Joe Thomas and Philadelphia's Jason Peters could make sense for Denver. However, both are on the wrong side of 30 and would cost a lot. 

Denver's best option is finding a new left tackle in the upcoming NFL Draft. But that prospect comes with it's own set of misgivings. 

The 2017 tackle class is not considered to be deep and it's top-heavy. There are three pure tackle prospects widely considered to be first-round caliber — Alabama's Cam Robinson, Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk and Utah's Garett Bolles

http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1768322-broncos-draft-rewind-just... Western Kentucky's Forrest Lamp is considered to be a sure-fire first-rounder, but most scouts and draftniks view him as an interior player at the next level. If Denver wants to target one of the best pure tackle prospects in this year's class, it'll have to be in the first round. 

Sitting at pick 20, the Broncos are likely to have the opportunity to get at least one of the top-3 tackles. The question we've asked is which prospect do the Broncos like best? 

Cam Robinson has squared off in the SEC with some of college football's premier edge players but character concerns have hurt his stock. Ryan Ramczyk is a consummate technician but there are concerns about his medical situation. And Garett Bolles, who acquitted himself well competing in the PAC-12, will be 25 years old when the regular season kicks off. 

Each player has his pros and cons. But how do the Broncos view these three players? And how committed are they to taking a tackle in the first round? 

Reaching out to NFL sources, here's what our Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel (@ErickTrickel) has been able to glean.

As it stands currently, if Bolles is still on the board, he will be Denver's selection at pick 20. Bolles is Denver's top offensive lineman and a top-10 prospect on their board. The Broncos are higher on him than every other prospect.


Robinson interviewed with Denver poorly and Ramczyk didn't clear out medically. The Broncos are very cautious with Ramczyk's situation, due to the injury struggles they've had with Ty Sambrailo, who was a second round pick two years ago.

Multiple sources have said as much. This info isn't coming from just one guy. 

Bolles might be older, but he has both the athleticism and the nasty to excel in Denver's new power-oriented system. Plus, having played in Utah's Rocky Mountains, Bolles has experience performing at altitude, which is important to the Broncos scouting department. And he could start day one. 

There's still a good month until Draft Day and a lot can change — that's one thing our sources made clear. But it sounds like the Broncos have their eye set on Garett Bolles. The Broncos can only hope that his age — and the fact that he only has one year of starting experience in Division I football — will give competing teams pause and allow him to slip to pick 20. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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