LB -- There is a hole in the middle of the defense without longtime middle linebacker Al Wilson. The position is important in Jim Bates' scheme, because he likes tackles to take up blockers and linebackers to pile up tackles. Zach Thomas thrived in the scheme when Bates coaches in Miami. D.J. Williams could move to the middle, Nate Webster could take over for Wilson, or the Broncos could draft a rookie in the early rounds and try to get him ready to play right away.
S -- Denver isn't necessarily looking for a starter, considering John Lynch and Nick Ferguson are still solid. But they will have to eventually replace them. The Broncos have drafted only one safety the past four drafts, Michigan's Jeremy LeSueur, and LeSueur is no longer with the team. They might invest in a safety this year.
OL -- The Broncos were hit by some injuries on the offensive line
year, which hammered home the importance of depth. Left tackle Matt Lepsis
is coming off a knee injury, center Tom Nalen is nearing the end of his
career and right tackle is in flux. The Broncos likely won't draft a
and put him in the lineup right away, but they're always looking for
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