Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: Denver Broncos

First Round: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

As Mel Kiper just said, Williams was the last of the big 4 defensive tackles. Williams has been mocked as high as 18 to the Cowboys, but this is a better area for him. Denver was certainly in need of a DT, and I think the decision came down to Williams or DE Tank Carradine. Both are decent value's here, so they had a tough choice to make. I think Williams has pretty good potential but can definitely start right away, which is what Denver wants.


Second Round: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

I can understand taking a running back here, but I don't think Ball was the best available. He's not the most explosive back and he has tons of wear on him from college. I think they could have waited untill the third round if Ball was their man.


Third Round: Kayvon Webster, CB, South Florida

This is an awful pick. It wouldn't have surprised many if Webster wasn't drafted. He's a seventh round project prospect at best. He doesn't fill an immediate need, and this is as bad a value as I've seen in this draft.


Fifth Round: Quanterus Smith, DE/OLB, Western Kentucky / Tavarres King, WR, Georgia

The Broncos don't really need King, but he can provide solid depth and is a good value here. He should have gone much earlier on day three. Smith, on the other hand, fills a big need and is a great pick. He would be a second round prospect if it weren't for the torn ACL. I don't know if he'll be ready for day one, but he could be an impact player once he gets healthy.


Sixth Round: Vinston Painter, OT, Virginia Tech

Painter provides decent value and fills a big need of tackle depth. He could have gone a round earlier.


Seventh Round: Zac Dysert, QB, Miami of Ohio

I'm shocked Dysert lasted until round seven; some people had him going at the end of day two. He comes with some character concerns, but obviously provides a great value. He could compete with Osweiler to back up Manning.



I really wasn't a big fan of this draft, mostly because of what they did on day two. Ball was a reach, and Webster was obviously just an awful selection. The other two days of the draft were pretty solid for Denver. I like Sylvester Williams, and I love Quanterus Smith, even though he may not even be able to fully contribute until next season. I have mixed fillings about this draft. I think they could have done better.


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