Denver needs help at the inside linebacker position

  •  Shane Ray Jersey , but where is the sweet spot for them to target?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos Free AgencyBroncos DraftBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旴reaking NewsBroncos 2019 Draft Class Announced脳Broncos podcastsBroncos Draft 2019How early should Denver look for an inside linebacker in this year’s draft?New,25commentsDenver needs help at the inside linebacker position, but where is the sweet spot for them to target? How early should Denver look for an inside linebacker in this year’s draft?Is this finally the year that Denver pulls the trigger on a high-round inside linebacker? Or, is there better value to be found in the later rounds? The guys over at 1st & 10 at 10 on Orange and Blue 760 tackle this debate on their “Take the Case to Court” series, with Steve Atwater making the case for targeting an inside linebacker in rounds 1-2, and Ryan Edwards making the case for waiting until rounds 3-4.Atwater makes a good point, that Vic Fangio has mentioned repeatedly the needs they have at the inside linebacker position, and how he feels it has evolved in today’s NFL. Here were Fangio’s comments when asked about LSU’s Devin White at the NFL Coaches Breakfast:When comparing these comments against Denver’s current roster, there isn’t a guy at the inside linebacker position who I would consider a 3-down linebacker. Both Josey Jewell and Todd Davis struggled in coverage last year, so if Fangio were to continue his trend of staying with two inside linebackers in sub packages, like we have seen from most of his defenses, they have to upgrade the position.On the other side of the argument, Ryan Edwards makes a good point that not only is it unlikely a guy like Devin White will be unavailable when Denver picks at #10, but Fangio’s comments on both Devin Bush and Devin White indicate he isn’t as high on them as he was on Roquan Smith who was picked #8 overall by the Bears last year. When asked how White and Bush compare to Smith, Fangio said “I don’t think either one is as good as Roquan at this stage in their career. Roquan is a special player and a special individual. It’s going to take a while to see that in those other two guys.”Now, just because they aren’t as good as one of the best inside linebackers to come out in awhile, doesn’t mean they’re not worth a top 10 pick Justin Simmons Jersey , but Edwards points out that there is some good depth that could be had in the 3rd or 4th rounds. Guys like Germaine Pratt, Blake Cashman, or Te’Von Coney could be a developmental prospect for Denver to mold at a much lower price tag.What do you think, Broncos Country? Give the segment a listen to see which side Judge Andrew Mason, ruled in favor of, and sound off with your own ruling in the comments. The Denver Broncos have reportedly started up contract talks with center Matt Paradis, per Mike Klis of 9News."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos Free AgencyBroncos DraftBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旴reaking NewsBroncos 2019 Draft Class Announced脳Denver Broncos NewsDenver Broncos Free AgencyUpdated: Matt Paradis signs with the PanthersNew,263commentsThe Denver Broncos have reportedly started up contract talks with center Matt Paradis, per Mike Klis of 9News. Updated: Matt Paradis signs with the PanthersMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsUpdate: The Broncos and New York Jets both lost out in negotiations with Paradis. The Carolina Panthers came in and scooped him up for about $9 million a year with a 3-year, $27 million contract. Original Story: The Denver Broncos had a quiet Monday as the legal tampering period opened up, but got things going heavy late into the evening. First, they came to an agreement with cornerback Kareem Jackson, then tackle Ja’Wuan James not too long after. Now, according to Mike Klis of 9News, they have restarted contract talks with center Matt Paradis who was expected to become one of the highest paid centers in the NFL this week. Paradis was heavily tied to both the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets for most of the day, but the Bills went with Mitch Morse who was also on the Broncos “watch list” who landed a record-setting deal that will pay him just over $11 million per year. There were two top tier centers on the market and Paradis was the other. He’ll likely command around $10 million per year. The Broncos likely have the cap space for another big free agent signing and Paradis might just be the guy that helps solidify their offensive line for years to come.