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2013 NFL Draft: Broncos know they'll be picking late

The Denver Broncos' draft position could fluctuate, but it'll be later in the first round.

Garrett Ellwood

While it's never too early for fans to look ahead to the NFL Draft, you'll have to forgive Denver Broncos fans right now if that's the furthest thing from their minds. That's because for the first time in several years, the Broncos have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, and they might not be picking until No. 32 overall.

Still, in the high-stakes world of the NFL Draft, it's never too early to look ahead. Most mock draft sites have slotted Denver into the No. 32 overall pick right now, but their actual position will fluctuate based on where they finish in the playoffs. If they lock up the No. 1 or 2 seed in the AFC on Sunday, they'll likely be picking in the 30s.

So what direction will the Broncos go once April's Draft rolls around? Opinions vary. NFLDraftCountdown.com's Scott Wright has the Broncos taking Purdue defensive tackle Kawann Short in his latest mock. Wright mentions the Broncos will probably go defense, whether it be an end or a tackle on the line, or opting for depth at linebacker or in the secondary.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has the Broncos going offense by taking Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, which would give Peyton Manning a young, athletic target to develop alongside his other weapons.