Denver Broncos not likely to find starting left tackle in draft

One of the primary tasks on the Denver Broncos’ offseason to-do list will be filling their glaring need at left tackle. The problem is that the Broncos might not be able to address that position adequately in the 2017 NFL Draft.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock panned the 2017 offensive tackle class during a conference call on Monday, which isn’t exactly great news for the tackle-needy Broncos.

“This is a really bad offensive tackle class,” Mayock said, per The News Tribune’s Gregg Bell.

The top prospects in the bunch are Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk, who is recovering from a hip injury, Alabama’s Cam Robinson, who Mayock said he views as a guard, and Utah’s Garett Bolles, who is a borderline first-round prospect.

Mayock addressed Denver’s need at the position in particular and didn’t sound overly optimistic. According to The Denver Post’s Cameron Wolfe, Mayock thinks the Broncos will have a hard time finding a starting tackle in the draft because there’s a chance all three linemen are off the board by the time Denver is on the clock at No. 20.

Quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch might not reach their potential without adequate blindside protection. Denver might be better off addressing left tackle in free