Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag periodically during the off-season. Submit questions to Ryan here.

Ryan, as I look at the Broncos’ roster, I am focusing on areas that need depth. Inside linebacker and cornerback seem to be at the forefront, but to me, it is the defensive line. If attrition hits, we are going to be severely tested in my view.

— Allan, Edmonton

Inside linebacker: The Broncos have a lot of players working at the two inside linebacker spots, but I agree, if they lose Josey Jewell to an injury, it could equal trouble. Jonas Griffith has gotten most of the first-team snaps alongside Jewell during the offseason practices. After that is Alex Singleton, Justin Strnad, Barrington Wade and rookies Kana’I Mauga and Kadofi Wright. I think one possibility during the season, if the Broncos are in a pinch, is moving Baron Browning back inside.

Cornerback: The top three are set with Pat Surtain II, Ronald Darby and K’Waun Williams. It will be a good training camp competition to figure out the final 2-3 spots. Michael Ojemduia, Essang Bassey and rookie Damarri Mathis could lead the way, followed by rookies Faion Hicks and Ja’Quan McMillan. I think they’re OK here.

Defensive line: The Broncos allocated resources to this position group in the offseason, signing free agent D.J. Jones and drafting Eyioma Uwazurike and Matt Henningsen. A projected top six of Jones, Mike Purcell, Dre’Mont Jones, DeShawn Williams, Uwazurike and I’ll say McTelvin Agim is an upgrade over last year.

I know the season is still months away but has anyone been a pleasant surprise at OTAs?

— Roger, Arvada

Really tough to say since we have seen only three of the organized team activity workouts and I’m estimating an average of 35-40 plays of 11-on-11. But some guys I have been watching:

Center Lloyd Cushenberry may be an ideal fit for this blocking scheme. He was unfairly panned by some in the media during the offseason, but he should enter camp as the first-team center.

Defensive end Dre’Mont Jones appears unblockable on some plays, good news for when the pads go on in August.

Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam has shown his athleticism on downfield routes during the open-to-the-media practices.

Ryan, how much of a shot do you give the Broncos to win it all? Russell Wilson has me feeling all sorts of optimistic.

— Vic, Cheyenne

Very little, Vic. Sorry. The AFC West will still go through Kansas City, which means the Broncos will have to win three consecutive road games to reach the Super Bowl.

My division forecast has been 1. Chiefs, 2. Broncos; 3. Chargers and 4. Raiders, since the schedule came out.

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Ryan, from the perspective of a Broncos beat reporter, what are the best and worst times of the calendar year to cover the team?

— David Brown, Silverthorne

Best time(s): The draft and September. I like interviewing the prospects and doing a mock draft and then talking to these players after they have been selected. September is when everybody has hope during the first 2-3 weeks of the regular season and I get to see which new wrinkles a team has saved up.

Worst time(s): The last few weeks of a losing season because it forces tough questions about future employment to be asked.

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