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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
AFC West veteran draft: Denver Broncos

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

To start off our AFC West series on drafting a veteran player, the Denver Broncos are now on the clock.

 Polamalu

And I'm giving them Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

Safety is one of Denver's greatest needs. Polamalu is one of the NFL's greatest players. It could be a perfect fit. And it's been a fit the Broncos have wanted to make happen six years.

The Broncos craved the USC safety in the 2003 draft. However, Polamalu to Pittsburgh to No. 16. He quickly became another legendary hitter and defensive difference-maker in the storied Steelers' defensive history.

The Broncos took offensive tackle George Foster four picks later. He had a disappointing four-season career in Denver before he was traded to Detroit.

Polamalu would give instant credibility to a Denver defense that is in dire need of an identity. A player such as Polamalu could give an instant spark to any defense.

The Broncos have needs all over the defensive side of the ball and an argument could be made for a superstar defender. But Polamalu, 27, is a superstar defender in his own right and he'd be my choice if Denver was able to add any veteran player in the NFL.

Hit the comment section with your choice.