After a heartbreaking playoff loss to the Ravens, the Denver Broncos now turn to the draft, where they own the 28th overall pick.
With starting defensive linemen Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannan up for free agency, most mock drafts around the Internet are projecting Denver to pick a defensive tackle. There isn't uniform consensus, however -- SB Nation's Dan Kadar has Denver taking Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks:
Champ Bailey was picked apart in Denver's loss to Baltimore and he'll be 35 at the start of next season. For the Broncos, it may be time to find a new No. 1 cornerback and Banks can be a good one. Banks has good size and can get physical with opposing receivers.
Rob Rang of CBS Sports is mocking Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd to the Broncos:
The team found a good young standout in Derek Wolfe a year ago and he's played well as a rookie. The 6"3, 303-pound Floyd has the quickness to take advantage of the one on one blocks he'll face in Denver as opponents focus on the Broncos' outstanding edge rushers.
And NFL.com's Albert Breer is projecting the team to take Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Jenkins.
Even if Vickerson and Bannan are re-signed, Denver could use more interior pressure to take the attention away from Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. Drafting another young tackle to complement Derek Wolfe seems to be a sensible decision.