Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
With a number of key defensive starters set to hit the free agent market, mock draft experts predict that the Broncos will adress the front seven with their first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Denver Broncos had one of the top defenses in the NFL in 2012, but that side of the ball could be a priority in the 2013 NFL Draft due to a number of potential free agent losses this offseason. Mock drafts by Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com and Dan Kadar of SB Nation project Denver targeting the front seven with the 28th overall pick in April.
Brugler likes Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short. Starting defensive tackles Justin Bannan and Kevin Vickerson are both unrestricted free agents, making the position a potential weak spot if things don't work out in the negotiation process. Short's motor has been questioned by scouts, but his potential hasn't. He is exceptionally quick on his feet, considering his 6'3, 310-pound frame.
Kadar likes Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree for the Broncos. Ogletree also has some concerns to address, namely his DUI arrest this past month. He would fit very well as a versatile middle linebacker within the Broncos' defensive scheme. Though he lacks ideal bulk at just 231 pounds, Ogletree has tremendous athleticism and is adept in man and zone coverage.