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, Thorn is a self described line of scrimmage enthusiast and works for both The Scouting Academy and USA Football. He’s one of the best Twitter follows you can find if you like in depth line of scrimmage analysis.Our interview has been lightly edited for clarity. 1st and 10This Broncos offensive line has been a bit of a revelation in how much they’ve improved. I saw you gave Paradis some love after Baltimore, you called McGovern a “pleasant surprise” through 2 weeks and I’ve seen Bolles get credit too. Do you think their performance is sustainable? Where can they most improve? I do think their performance so far is sustainable in terms of being an average to above average OL. On an individual level in terms of skill-set, physical traits, and performance so far this season the strengths of the unit in order are C-LG-RG-LT-RT. I view the interior as the strength of the unit right now, particularly in run-blocking. McGovern has been a pleasant surprise in the physicality, play strength, and overall run-blocking ability he brings to the unit. I’ve noticed him struggle at times with the timing and accuracy of his strike in pass-protection, along with hitting set points in his pass set (under/oversetting), but that is a pretty common struggle for a lot of inexperienced guards, especially having to go against the deepest position group in the NFL (interior defensive line). Bolles looks a lot like the player he did coming out of Utah when I did a full evaluation on him. His athleticism, play speed, and competitive toughness show up on tape, whereas his inability to consistently anchor to stop power, and overall hand usage struggle. I haven’t seen much improvement from him since last season in these areas. Veldheer has been adequate, but ‘adequate’ is a stark improvement for this unit compared to the caliber of RT play we have seen over the last 2-3 years so it may appear to some as better than it is.2nd and 5I was lower on Bolles than most coming out because of his age so your assessment is definitely a bit discouraging. It also seems like he can really let the team down in pass protection here and there such as the ole’ against Terrell Suggs. Do you think he’s kind of a set product, or could he continue to improve at anchoring and using his hands? I think he can improve things like technique..which is his biggest issue. Getting to the right spot in his pass set so he can establish an inside-out, half-man relationship with the defender is a big issue for him. When he over or under sets a rusher, he tends to get grabby as a means to ‘recover’ rather than reposition his feet while maintaining his base and balance. If he can learn to get to his spot consistently in pass-protection against various defensive alignments (5-6-7-9 techniques) then he will be in optimal position to use his hands. The problem is he struggles with set points AND proper hand placement/timing. This is also the root cause of him struggles transitioning to his anchor so he can stop power. I think his play strength is solid, so not much better than average. If his technique doesn’t improve significantly I’m afraid this will always be an issue. I had a 2nd round grade on him coming out for the Inside the Pylon Draft Guide Bradley Chubb Broncos Jersey
, and my two biggest concerns were anchor and overall technique. Those seem to still be what are still restricting necessary growth.3rd and 3Moving to the defensive side of the ball. What do you see? It seemed like Elway’s plan before the season was to let Talib go in order to pay Keenum, but then Chubb fell into his lap and the defensive philosophy seemingly became: the Orange Rush will dominate up front and make up for the secondary, but it doesn’t seem to be working. I think Von Miller and the edge rushers have looked okay, and Peko has definitely impressed but can they do more? I really haven’t seen the secondary enough to speak very intelligently on it. Run defense still very good. Their front 7 is strong. Bradley Chubb has really stood out, particularly against the run. He sets a hard edge and is showing good play strength & competitive toughness. Had a really nice inside stab and counter for a sack vs. Ronnie Stanley. His get-off isn’t elite so his pass-rush moves need to be really developed & he has to have multiple to become a better rusher, which should happen in time. I think he’s showing some improvement in that regard, but right now he’s stout vs. the run and that’s a big part the defensive success as a whole. 4th and inchesYou’re someone I definitely go to as a resource when it comes to draft time. I know it’s really early in that process for most, but have any prospects really jumped out at you? Anyone that Broncos fans should keep an eye on? I honestly have not watched any CFB this season except maybe a few highlights. I have seen a lot of Jonah Williams over the years and thought he was the best OT in the country in 2017 not being draft eligible. So I’m a huge fan of his game.Predicting the Denver Broncos 2018 season It’s time to put on your orange and blue goggles to make some season record predictions for the Denver Broncos. Clearly they will go undefeated and win another Super Bowl, right? Our staff weren’t far off from this pie-in-the-sky goal in our final roundtable question of the week. Give us your record predictions in the comments section below.How do you predict this season will end for the Broncos? What’s their final record? Playoffs or no? And how deep of a playoff run, if any?Scotty: 16-0 and ends with a Super Bowl. Taylor: I really like the way this team is coming together. I think the Broncos flip their record, going 11-5, with an AFC West title & the #3 seed. With the AFC relatively weak, I think an AFCCG appearance or more is entirely possible.Hart: I’m a firm believer that the Denver Broncos will win the AFC West. I think 10-6 or 11-5 is realistic and will be good enough to claim the crown. I don’t expect a Super Bowl run, but wouldn’t be surprised if they won at least one playoff game.Sadaraine: The Broncos are a wild card team who might win the division. My hopeful fan self sees them going about 13-3, making the playoffs and getting at least to the AFC Championship game.Adam: I’m going to try and get out of fan mode here. There are too many questions on the Broncos for me to feel comfortable with anything more than predicting 9-7. There is no telling which Case Keenum will be there. The offense will be better, but how much? The defense lost a big piece in Talib, and there seem to be a lot of rookies that the team will rely on. As a fan, with orange and blue sunglasses on, 12-4 with a deep run in the playoffs culminating in bringing home the Lombardi trophy.Pete: Before Training Camp Von Miller Jersey White
, I predicted 12-4. I’m not sure if I gave this team credit enough, but they have some brutal games (Rams) on this schedule, so I’m not sure I can go much higher even though I really want to! I’m tempted to go 14-2, but I’ll keep it at 12-4. If Keenum goes down and $wag comes in, it’s still somewhere between 12-4 and 14-2. We also win the AFCW and make it to the damn Super Bowl. Who we gonna beat down there? Is it gonna be Broncos v Rams #2 of the season? Maybe! BRING IT ON!!! Ian St: Before training camp, I thought the ceiling was 12 wins and the floor was eight. I’m still in that mold and think the Broncos finish 10-6 or 11-5. Since my breakout player is Keenum, I can’t say that and turn around have the team finish 8-8 or 9-7. If Denver can run the ball, it sets everything else up. The defense will be there, and as opposed to the last few seasons, the special teams are an actual strength, and that only helps the defense get even better. I think 10-6 or 11-5 win the division, the Broncos get a home playoff game and advance to the divisional round. In the next breath, until we see how Joseph responds to adversity, it’s hard to predict what this team will do or look like. As Adam and I discussed on the latest MHR Radio Podcast, we want to be excited about the season and what we’ve seen, but the question(s) about Joseph continue to linger.Laurie: 19-0...right Whorfin?