Updated Broncos defensive line depth chart following John Franklin-Myers trade

The Denver Broncos traded for New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers during the fifth round of the 2024 NFL Draft in exchange for a 2026 sixth-round pick. The Broncos then signed him to a new $15 million deal. 

Looking just at the defensive line, which will still operate out of a 3-4 defensive scheme, here is how that acquisition impacts the team’s current depth chart, with the draft still ongoing. 

Denver Broncos defensive line depth chart

Defensive end

Starters: Zach Allen, John Franklin-Myers
Second string: Malcolm Roach, Angelo Blackson
Third string: Elijah Garcia, Jordan Jackson

Defensive tackle

Starter: D.J. Jones
Second string: Rashard Lawrence 

Some of these guys could be interchangeable and line up all over the formation but there is no doubt that the team has improved this group since the offseason began.

It is still a bit of a surprise that D.J. Jones was never released in order to save cap space but the Broncos, at least for now, appear to be rolling forward with the veteran. With that said, Rashard Lawrence is a player to watch this summer. 

The addition of Franklin-Myers, particularly for what little the team had to give up to get him, should be seen as a major win right now. 

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