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Broncos' draft strategy different than in past

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Alex Mayster
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By Alex Mayster

With the NFL draft taking place prior to free agency this season, we hear the Broncos will be making changes to their perspective on the draft. Executive vice president of football operations John Elway discussed his team's approach during a pre-draft press conference. "I think my feeling on that is that it actually helps us with the draft because now we can find the best players that are on that draft board that can come in and are really going to help us," he said. "And then to fill in with free agency rather than having free agency and having to fill through the draft." The Broncos have nearly 190 players on their current board, up from 100 last year, but many of those additions might have come because of the team's switch to a 4-3 defensive scheme, which doesn't require as many players with very specific skills as their previous 3-4 set. Although the Broncos' interest in this year's quarterback prospects has been very public recently, one daily team observer said that he doesn't expect the team to take a QB at any point in the draft because it has so many other prevalent needs. He expects the defense to be heavily addressed, with the tight end and running back positions a priority on the offensive side.

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