During the 2007 season, the Denver Broncos saw various injuries to their offensive line take place. Center Tom Nalen, Guard Ben Hamilton and backup tackle Ryan Harris most missed most of the year due to injures. Plus, Damial Graham, who is known as the best blocking TE in the league missed time with an injury. These injuries were never more apparent then in the last few games of the year. In week 15 Jay Cutler was sacked 5 times! And in the following week he was sacked 4 times! During these two games the Broncos offense was anemic as they scored a total of 16 points in the two games. Why didn't they score? Because Jay Cutler didn't have time to throw, he was under constant pressure. The offensive line was the biggest flaw on the offensive side of the ball last year and it needs to be addressed on the first day of the draft this year.
Mike Shanahan has been known for taking offensive lineman late in the draft, but it's time for that trend to change. Many of teams who experience success on a regular basis draft lineman early in the draft. For instance lets take a look at the 18-0 Patriot's starting Offensive line:
LT-Matt Light-The Patriots drafted him in the second round of the 2001 draft.
LG-Logan Mankins-The Patriots drafted him in the first round of the 2005 draft.
C-Dan Koppen-The Patriots drafted him in the fifth round of the 2003 draft.
RG-Stephen Neal-The Patriots signed him as a free agent.
RT-Nick Kaczur-The Patriots drafted him in the third round of the 2005 draft.
Three of the Five starter on the Patriot's offensive line were first day picks. This years draft has plenty of good offensive lineman at the top of the draft and the Broncos need to draft one of them. The following offensive tackles are projected to be first or early second round picks:
Any one of these tackles would be good enough to start over the Broncos current takcles (Ryan Harris and Eric Pears). So please Shanahan do the right thing and draft an olineman early in the draft.