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As the NFL Scouting Combine approaches, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock shared his thoughts on Monday about the talent that will be available this spring.

As expected, he reinforced the general consensus that the crop of defensive backs and edge rushers is especially strong.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 01: Offensive linemen Garett Bolles #72 of the Utah Utes and teammate Ken Hampel #82 block during their game against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

Among the Broncos top priorities this off-season is revamping their offensive line, a group that lagged for much of the past two seasons amid injuries and a rotating cast of players. They need to get better and they will, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy declared at his introductory news conference earlier this month.

But the how, the where and the who still need answers. And in a draft class that is weak at offensive tackle, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock believes the Broncos’ opportunities to upgrade might be better served outside the front five with their first pick.

“To tell you where this draft is for tackles, the two top guys — (Ryan) Ramczyk (from Wisconsin) and Garett Bolles from Utah — are both one-year starters in major college football, which is kind of amazing,” Mayock said on a conference call with reporters Monday. “Then I would say if Ramczyk were in last year’s draft, he would either be the fourth or fifth guy taken, just to give you some perspective there. So I think Ramczyk and Bolles are going to get pushed up a little bit just because there’s a dropoff after them so I’m not sure either of them are going to be available at No. 20. But I could very easily see Denver being involved in the free-agency side of the offensive tackle game.”

Mayock said there’s more depth among interior offensive line prospects but “trying to get a starting tackle in this draft is going to be difficult.” Given the dearth of starting talent at the position, Mayock said the Broncos may have to go “best player available” picking at No. 20.

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