The Denver Broncos need to get this 2023 draft right because there is too much riding on next season. They didn’t have the year any of us expected them to have in 2022, so next year is the year they have to improve.

To do that, they have to get the offseason right, and that starts with the draft and bringing in young guys. They may not have the draft pick they are supposed to because of how bad their record was, but they do still have a first-rounder from the San Francisco 49ers at 28.

Even that late in the first round, they can still get some game-changers, if they make the right choice, that is.

Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia

The Denver Broncos are in desperate need of some offensive line star power, and this guy can be that. The Bulldogs had an elite offensive line during the season and a big reason why is because of Jones’ play. He can play either tackle position, which just so happens to be the two biggest needs for the Broncos.

2022 was his first year as a left tackle, and he played tremendously. Jones is the fourth-highest-ranked tackle in this draft by Pro Football Focus standards but is the 24th-ranked player. He could very well be there when it’s Denver’s turn to pick. But, he also couldn’t.

Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

Simpson is the best linebacker in the draft, and that just so happens to be the Broncos’ second biggest need. Josey Jewell and Alex Singleton, or the “bash bros” as we like to call them, were great this year when they were both healthy. But, those guys won’t always get the job done,

They need more athleticism at the position. They need a guy who has elite sideline-to-sideline speed. Simpson has that. This is also a guy that played multiple positions in college, including some snaps in the slot. Per PFF, he’s only allowed 406 yards in his career on 612 coverage snaps. Denver struggled with coverage from their linebackers.

Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor

The third-best interior defender in the draft could easily fall to the Broncos. There are teams above them in the draft that don’t necessarily need interior defense as badly as the Broncos do. Ika is a game-wrecker and can be a game-changer in a defense like the one the Broncos used last season.

Per PFF, he recorded a career-high 33 pressures in 2021 before seeing his play become a little more inconsistent this past fall. That is a big reason why he isn’t as high in this draft. Had his numbers kept up over the last year, he would easily be a top-15 prospect. The Broncos could use a guy like Ika.

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