Unit-by_Unit Analysis: Defensive backs

The Denver 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 defensive backs.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Starters - CB Champ Bailey, S Brian Dawkins, S Renaldo Hill, CB Andre Goodman. Backups - CB Alphonso Smith, CB Jack Williams, CB Joshua Bell, S Darcel McBath, S Josh Barrett, S David Bruton, S Vernon Fox, CB Tony Carter, CB D.J. Johnson. The Broncos secondary isn't young - every starter is 30 or older - but they will be better. The safety position had to be overhauled after a miserable 2008. Dawkins and Hill were signed to start and McBath and Bruton were drafted to provide depth.

Dawkins is older but he is coming off a solid season and should have a couple more good years in him. Hill is solid as well. The Broncos are in much better hands at safety this season, which will help the run and pass defense.

Cornerback will be better too, if Bailey stays healthy. Bailey is tough but missed a large chunk of the season with a bad groin injury. If he's back to 100 percent he will again be one of the best corners in the NFL.

Goodman got a big contract and the Broncos are hoping he stands up to the pressure of being opposite Bailey better than Dre Bly. Smith should win the nickel spot, considering the Broncos gave up their 2010 first-round pick to take him in the second round, but Williams and Bell were competing for the spot in the offseason.



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