NFL Picks: 2013-14 Denver Broncos Futures and Odds

Jordan Sharp

Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:39 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 6:39 PM GMT

After a dominating regular season, their first with Peyton Manning, the Broncos were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champions the Ravens.

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Denver Broncos future odds update
 

Baltimore beat them deep to Jacoby Jones and it was all over from there, and the rest is history.

Now the Broncos gear up for a tough offseason, one that will need more than a few good moves to make it successful. However, the Broncos don’t have a lot they need to accomplish, but the holes they have to fill in are big. Let’s take a look at some of the offseason plans for Denver as I see them this offseason. They are +800 to win Super Bowl 48, making them a pretty valuable NFL pick.

Free agency, Clady protecting Peyton’s ass

Ryan Clady is considered by many to be the best left-tackle in the NFL, and after another great season, he will be demanding top LT money, which is likely north of $10 million per. This will eat up a lot of the $15 million in cap space they have for next season, but as I said, they don’t need a whole lot of work.

However, once they resign Clady, which is almost guaranteed at this point, they will have to go after some help at in the secondary. They have a couple of good young safeties, but they need depth at that position, and at corner, Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger. While they are a little weak at other positions as well, they will have to be smart with the little cap room they have to work with this offseason. Luckily for them, they have 6 draft picks to work with as well. 

Draft buzz

The Broncos pick at the end of the first round, and depending on how things go, they could go a number of different ways with their pick at #28 overall. A position of need for them is going to likely be defensive tackle. Both of their starting d-tackles are free agents in a few weeks, and it is likely that one or both of them will sign elsewhere for more money.

However, lucky for the Broncos that defensive tackle is considered a deep position in this season’s draft. Denver needs an assortment of other positions, but if they double up on any position, it will likely be the line. 

However, finding some depth at cornerback or safety is also a need to be addressed, as well as finding another running back to go along with Willis McGahee. The aging McGahee still is productive, but is often injured. If the Broncos could get one of those value running backs late in the draft that pans out quickly, watch out AFC West.

Odds

The Broncos may even be a bit overvalued this season at +800, but I wouldn’t put them above the 49ers or Patriots at this point, and they will most likely be better than the teams below them like the Ravens, Texans, Packers or Seahawks. I do think if they can find a few sleepers in either free agency or the draft that their stock will go up a lot, but that is easier said than done. All in all, I can’t recommend the Broncos at this price just yet, but as I’ve said in all my future NFL odds updates, a lot can change between now and September.  

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