The Denver Broncos drafted 10 players over the weekend. None of them were an offensive tackle.
That wasn’t an intentional strategy going into the draft — it was just the way the team’s big board worked out. Broncos general manager George Paton did not want to reach for a tackle — or any player — and he stuck to the team’s board, selecting the best player available with each selection.
“We targeted a few that were taken right before we took them, but it didn’t fall our way,” Paton said during his pre-draft press conference on May 1. “We still feel good about our depth. We’ll continue to look on the market — the free-agent market. I think we’re signing five offensive linemen from college free agency.
“Sometimes it just doesn’t fall. We had a tackle we liked but he was taken right before, that’s just the way the draft goes.”
Paton mentioned potentially signing as many as five undrafted free agent offensive lineman, but our unofficial UDFA tracker only has two offensive lineman so far (including offensive tackle Drew Himmelman). Denver has room on the 90-man offseason roster to add two more UDFAs.
After leaving the draft without any new tackles, the Broncos appear poised to start Ja’Wuan James at right tackle this fall. Calvin Anderson appears set to serve as the team’s top backup swing tackle behind starters Garett Bolles and James.