John Elway holds pre-draft news conference

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos general manager John Elway held a pre-draft news conference at UCHealth Training Center on Monday.

Elway said the Broncos’ draft board was “pretty much set” but wouldn’t name any players the team might be considering.

He talked about priorities for the team.

“You’ve got to have two good tackles. That is what we look for. We’ve got to do a better job of helping protect them, too,” Elway said. “No matter how good of a tackle you are, there are too many great pass rushers out there. You’re going to always get beat.”

Elway said he believes there could be a starting left tackle in the draft class.

“Yes, there could possibly be one. If that’s where we go, he’s going to come in and compete for a job. Just like all of the rookies that will come in, they’ll all come in and compete for a job,” Elway said.

The first round of the draft begins at 6 p.m. MDT on Thursday. The second and third rounds will take place Friday night, and the final four rounds will be on Saturday.

Denver has the 20th, 51st, 82nd and 101st picks in the first three rounds.

Earlier this month, receiver Emmanuel Sanders shared his top picks with the media. Sanders said he would like to see the team draft Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook or Washington’s John Ross.

“I think it’s a good draft, and I know Elway and those guys will make the right decision,” the Broncos website quoted Sanders as saying.

The team will open the 2017 regular season against the Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sept. 11.

The home opener will be Vance Joseph’s first regular-season game as Broncos coach. And it will also be the first regular-season game for the Chargers since they moved from San Diego to Los Angeles.

The Broncos will play on “Monday Night Football” and “Sunday Night Football” twice each, and once on “Thursday Night Football.”

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