Unit-by_Unit Analysis: Linebackers

The Broncos have turned over most of the roster since Josh McDaniels took over, so more change wouldn't be unexpected. Here's a look at the linebackers.

LINEBACKERS: Starters - OLB Robert Ayers, ILB D.J. Williams, ILB Andra Davis, OLB Darrell Reid. Backups - OLB Elvis Dumervil, OLB Tim Crowder, ILB Mario Haggan, ILB Nick Greisen, ILB Wesley Woodyard, OLB Jarvis Moss, ILB Lee Robinson.

Ayers can play end, and will in passing situations, but the team seems to want to use him mostly at outside linebacker in base situations. Most of Denver's other outside linebackers are converted 4-3 ends.

Reid is moving from tackle to outside linebacker, but was with the first team most of the offseason. Dumervil is a natural pass rusher and should find a role that accentuates his strengths.

Crowder is also a possibility for playing time. Moss, a former first-round pick, needs to make a move up the depth chart.

The inside is solid. Williams will play the weak side and could have a huge season. He has a chance to make his first Pro Bowl. Davis is a productive veteran. There is good depth behind them, and Larsen can always move back to inside linebacker from fullback if needed.

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