We did it Broncos Country, we finally ended the dreaded quarterback carousel graphic that has haunted our nightmares for ages. Next on the agenda is the right tackle spot, but that long term solution is likely still at least a year away.
Since Orlando Franklin left Denver eight years ago, the Broncos have been riding a seemingly inescapable right tackle carousel. Entering 2022 it’s another year of the same, with multiple one year contracts handed out to journeymen in an attempt to bandage one of the premier positions along the offensive line. With Russell Wilson under center, having at least average or above-average tackle play has never been more important. While I’m confident in the tackle room as it stands to provide serviceable protection, it’s due time for Denver to invest draft capital into the Tackle position, something they haven’t done since drafting Garrett Bolles in 2017. I fully expect George Paton to select one of the many uber-athletic prospects at some point in the 2022 Draft. But it’s incredibly unlikely for a tackle drafted where Denver will be selecting to provide starting-caliber tackle play in year one.
Billy Turner, Calvin Anderson, and Tom Compton are to be the primary competitors for the right tackle job. All of them possess their own advantages and disadvantages; in this article I will break down those traits and hopefully provide some context so you yourself can choose a side in the eventual training camp tackle battle.