Broncos have plenty of NFL draft options for defensive linemen in later rounds

Defensive linemen in the draft


On the roster: Derek Wolfe (DE), Adam Gotsis (DE), Shelby Harris (DT), Zach Kerr (DT/DE), DeMarcus Walker (DE) and Caushaud Lyons (DE).

Level of need: Moderate. Wolfe, Gotsis and Harris — the potential base-down starting line in Week 1 — are scheduled for free agency next March. Even if the Broncos feel those three players are in their future plans, they could wait until Day 2 (rounds 2-3) to add depth.


Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State

Visited Broncos earlier this month. … At 6-foot-2 and 281 pounds, would fit as a defensive end in Broncos’ scheme. … Declared for draft as a fourth-year junior. … Finished career with 115 tackles and nine sacks in 39 games (37 starts). … Scored two touchdowns (interception/fumble recovery) last year. … Played defensive tackle for Buckeyes in 2018 and was first-team All-Big Ten.

Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois

At 6-foot and 324 pounds, a projected 3-4 nose tackle all the way. … In 47 games (34 starts) at FCS school, had 204 tackles, 18 sacks and four forced fumbles. … First-team All-America as a fifth-year senior. … Did not miss a game in college. … First player in program history to be invited to Senior Bowl.