ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- On Monday, the Denver Broncos will open their offseason program and get their first look at a roster that still is under construction.
After some need-specific moves in free agency to make additions at quarterback, offensive line and on defense, the Broncos will have a group at their suburban Denver complex that coach Gary Kubiak has called “a good team, a really good team.’’
But as the draft approaches and with the possibility of another veteran player or two to be added, this is the first of a daily look at where things stand at some of the positions that carried the biggest question marks when the offseason opened.
Today: Defensive line.
Who’s in: The Broncos made one of their biggest moves of free agency at the position long before the marker officially opened when, in January, Derek Wolfe agreed to a four-year, $36.7 million extension -- through the 2019 season. And in their three-man front, Wolfe is now the most experienced player in the group.
But after the initial spending frenzy across the league, the Broncos also dove into free agency a bit, adding Jared Crick, who topped 800 snaps alongside J.J. Watt for the Houston Texans defense last season, to go with a former first-round pick in Phil Taylor, who has seen his career slowed by injuries.
Vance Walker returns after playing all across the defensive front last season as Kenny Anunike, who spent the 2015 season on injured reserve, will have a chance to earn a spot in the rotation at defensive end. Sylvester Williams and Darius Kilgo, who was a 2015 draft pick, are the two nose tackles currently on the roster.
Cap matters: Wolfe leads the way among the team's defensive linemen at $6.8 million against the salary cap for the coming season, with Williams at $2.41 million and Walker next at $2.25 million against the cap. Crick, who signed a two-year deal, comes in at $1.75 million for the season.
Taylor, Kilgo, Anunike and George Uko will count $760,000, $552,889, $525,834 and $450,000 respectively against the cap for the season.
Who starts: As it stands, the Broncos would likely have Wolfe at one defensive end spot, Williams at nose tackle with Crick expected to earn the other starting spot at end. But Walker will be in the rotation, as he was last season, and the Broncos would like to see what Anunike can add to the mix as well.
Taylor is a wild card as well. Taylor was the 21st pick of the 2011 draft -- taken by the Cleveland Browns -- and early in his career looked to be on track for a productive career. Injuries have slowed his progress, but if healthy the Broncos have a player in just his sixth season with a first-round football pedigree.
What’s left to do: There is too much depth in the defensive line across this year's draft board for the Broncos not to take a long look at adding at least one, possibly two, more defensive linemen when the picks get made later this month.
The Broncos have 10 picks in all, with four of those in the first three rounds. And with the depth of edge rushers and interior defensive linemen on the board, they could use almost any one of those picks and have an opportunity to take a player with the talent to immediately push for playing time.
Coach Gary Kubiak has even gone as far as to say the Broncos would look to add a player at the position with one of their premium picks in the first two days of the draft, meaning Rounds 1-3.