Denver Broncos: How the New-Look Broncos Can Tear Through the AFC Next Season

Scotty McGrawCorrespondent IIIApril 6, 2012

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 01:  A member of the DENVER BRONCOS ties his shoe during warm ups prior to facing the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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After the Denver Broncos signed free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning and traded away fellow signal-caller Tim Tebow to the New York Jets, the Broncos displayed their win-now attitude in the most dramatic fashion.

It's Super Bowl or bust for the Broncos, who are considered a top three team in the AFC. Denver is in position to take the NFL by storm, but they have to get there through three significant steps. But hey, it's possible.

First and foremost, Denver needs to fill its biggest need at defensive tackle.

The team needs to spend its first draft pick on an anchor, but they don't have to do it in the first round. They should instead trade out of the first round into the high second and also collect a later-round pick. In the high second, they should draft either Jerel Worthy or Kendall Reyes. Either would be an immediate starter and would be key for the Broncos to have defensive success.

The later pick they would receive would undoubtedly be used for building the offense, which is the second step to the Super Bowl. They need a fourth wideout, a second tailback and offensive line depth. 

Offensive line depth is a priority, especially at the center position. JD Walton has struggled thus far. Therefore, adding competition/security is a must. An additional tackle or guard would also be beneficial. Denver needs to keep Manning healthy if they want to win down the stretch.

Last but certainly not least, Denver needs to sweep the division. Against the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, the Broncos have an opportunity to rack up six quality wins and boost their chances of playoff home-field advantage.

If they can accomplish those three steps, the Broncos will find themselves battling an NFC powerhouse on Super Bowl Sunday.