Give defensive tackles their own meeting room, and the Broncos would have to replace desk chairs with benches.

Taking up ample space would be fat guys who can dunk, heavyweight weightlifters who can run, veterans who are wise, kids who must learn.

There would be first-, second- and third-round talents, early-round disappointments and undrafted overachievers.

The Broncos' defensive tackles have a little bit of everything — and a huge amount of everything — except their own meeting room. Even with all of the construction at the team's Dove Valley headquarters, the defensive tackles must share a room with the defensive ends, in part because guys such as Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson are interchangeable, but also because there isn't a room big enough to hold all of these behemoths.

This figures to be the deepest group of defensive tackles the Broncos carry into a season since Gerard Warren and Trevor Pryce anchored the 2005 team, which played in the AFC title game.

"It (stinks) as an offensive lineman when you have a six- or seven-play period and after the third or fourth play, you see a fresh defensive tackle coming in," said Broncos left guard Orlando Franklin.

The defensive tackle group is so deep, the Broncos probably will have to make some difficult decisions come roster-setting time.

"It's one of those things where you can't worry about the numbers game," Jackson said. "Of course you notice it. When you go into OTAs, you count. But I'm just trying to build off last year and not worry about the numbers."

After quarterback Peyton Manning, the buzz at Dove Valley this offseason was created by, well, the buzz from saws and other power tools. But also by the additions of defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and strong safety T.J. Ward.

The success of any defense, though, begins up front and runs down the middle.