To state it one final time, MBL season 34 did not go well for the Broncos. When a team has lost 12 straight games, it necessitates an off-season of change, and that is exactly what we saw. Let's look at the key losses, additions, and what we can expect from the MBL season 35 Broncos.
The Broncos lost a ton of starters this off-season, particularly on the offense. Whether it was from declining play (Wolfe/Sanders/Thomas) or unwillingness to overpay (Keenum/Booker) this was a huge turnover.
QB - Case Keenum (FA)
WR - Emmanuel Sanders (FA)
WR - Demaryius Thomas (FA)
HB - Devontae Booker (FA)
DE - Dereck Wolfe (FA)
QB - Paxton Lynch (FA)
With so many losses on the team, the Broncos spent big in FA. Some felt like they "overpaid" for big signing Andrew Luck, but it allowed them to draft a franchise tackle 4th overall (more to come on him later), and he should be a significant upgrade over the departing Case Keenum. Michael Bennett, Shady McCoy, and Cyrus Jones are all veteran stopgaps while the team continues to grow. The Broncos also picked up an upgrade up at TE with the signing of Seferian-Jenkins.
DE Michael Bennett - 1 year/8.4 million
QB Andrew Luck - 3 years/84.6 million
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins - 3 years/15.8 million
HB LeSean McCoy - 2 years/9.7 million
CB Cyrus Jones - 3 years/4.4 million
1st round pick - RT Rashard Barrow
The Broncos finally got some help on the offensive line when they happily scooped up the big tackle from Wisconsin. The 21 Y.O. excels at both run and pass blocking and was, in the Bronco's eyes, an easy pick and the best offensive line prospect in the draft.
2nd round pick - C Zach Fajardo
Next round, they took some more offensive line help with the center from Syracuse. He is solid, but not great, and is considered a well-rounded center. He will most likely sit behind Leary for the season to develop.
3rd round pick - CB Tres Ball
In the 3rd, the Broncos liked what they saw at CB and took the Colorado man. He is only 21 and projects as a solid man to man corner. He seems to have won the starting job in the slot with a solid preseason.
4th round pick - LT Malcom Youngblood
The Broncos again went offensive line with the pick of the 21 year old from NC State. He is a pass blocking specialist and is raw, but won out on the starting LT spot. We will see if he can help keep star FA acquisition upright this season.
5th round pick - HB Tre Landrum
6th round pick - HB Deontae Simmons
7th round pick - QB Tucker Gedney
Tre Landrum will have to fight to make the team as a runningback. Deontae Simmons has decent speed and could factor in special teams. Tucker Gedney will fight RG3 for backup QB duties.
If we compare this team to last year's, we are seeing some improvement. The offensive line is improved, as well as defensive line, quarterback and tightend. The wide receiver core is slightly worse off, but the young guns are ready to step up. I think this team is better overall, but I still think they are not ready to compete for the division yet, particually with the Kansas City Chiefs. 7-9 wins is a reasonable expectation for this group.