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Questions will arise if Broncos switch to a 4-3 defense

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Alex Mayster

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By Alex Mayster

All signs point toward the Broncos running a 4-3 defense, with both head coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen being more familiar with that scheme, but the Broncos have yet to publicly announce their defensive strategy. The way we hear it, the organization is in no rush to reveal the team's plans. The Broncos' draft needs will vary based on the type of defense they run, with the decision of taking a linebacker for a 3-4 system or a tackle for a 4-3 scheme likely being the major question with their second overall selection. As the roster currently stands, a daily team observer predicted that Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers — both of whom played outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme — would become ends if the Broncos switch to a 4-3 defense. That would leave a major hole in the linebacking corps and make NT Jamal Williams a major question mark. The 13-year-veteran spent his first 12 seasons with the Chargers, where he played nose tackle exclusively.

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