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Broncos may be leaning toward drafting a tackle

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Alex Mayster

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By Alex Mayster

Denver was home to the league's worst defense in 2010, leading to expectations that the Broncos will use the second overall pick in the draft to improve that side of the ball. The organization hasn't revealed much publicly concerning its draft plans, but we hear the team could be leaning toward a defensive tackle. The first clue came when the Broncos cut ties with DTs Jamal Williams and Justin Bannan, leaving the team's defense line corps depleted. They then re-signed DL Kevin Vickerson, who played end in a 3-4 last season, but the team still lacks bodies on the defensive front. All three of the Broncos' major decision makers — vice president of football operations John Elway, general manger Brian Xanders and coach John Fox — were present at both Auburn DT Nick Fairley's and Alabama DT Marcell Dareus' pro days, another hint they could be looking that direction. While the Big Three have traveled to meet with LSU CB Patrick Peterson and Texas A&M LB Von Miller, as well, the need for help on the line greatly outweighs the positions of those two players.

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