The Denver Broncos are set on offense after Peyton Manning re-wrote the record book in 2013.
Their defense, however, needed some work.
They made a huge splash adding defensive end DeMarcus Ware, safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Aqib Talib, but could still use another cornerback and a linebacker.
Mike Kliss of The Denver Post believes the Broncos could trade up in the first round should the quarterbacks in the draft begin to slide to fill one of those spots and could be targeting former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley.
And if position players start sliding, the chances increase of the Broncos trading up from the No. 31 slot in the first round to fill their need.
“You try not to because this is a deep draft,” said John Elway, the Broncos’ general manager.
Mark Kiszla, also of The Denver Post, believes the Broncos’ defense would be “dominant” with Mosley in the fold.
With DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller rushing the passer, Aqib Talib as a shutdown corner and safety T.J. Ward providing thump from the back of the secondary, all the Broncos really need is Mosley, who’s trigger-quick at blowing up the run as a wicked tackling linebacker this team has missed since the departure of Al Wilson.
Inside linebacker is a position whose value has slowly declined, as NFL offenses pass more and run less. That trend is the lone reason it’s possible Mosley might slide past the middle of the first round, and that’s where the Broncos could pursue a trade to move up from the 31st selection overall.
Msoley made 108 tackles and nine for loss for the Tide last season.