2013 NFL Draft - Denver Broncos

Posted Apr 28, 2013

Denver Broncos - AFC West, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects


Denver Broncos

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay    
- 2012 Denver Draft Breakdown
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- 2010 Denver Draft Breakdown  

DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
6-3, 313

Overall Pick No. CFN Position Rank: 3
CFN Analysis: Tremendous value. He could've been a top ten pick without any worries whatsoever. An anchor, he's a better run stuffer than Sheldon Richardson and he's considered dead even with Star Lotulelei. He's an anchor for all the great Bronco pass rushers to work around.

With fantastic size and good toughness, he's an intimidating force with pure nose tackle ability and run stuffing skills. Put him in the middle of the line and let him stop everything up. While he's not going to get to the quarterback and he's not going to get in the backfield nearly enough, that's not necessarily going to be his job. However, he showed off shocking quickness at times at the Combine and he does everything he'll need to do to improve – he's a pro's pro who'll quickly become a leader of a line. The biggest concern is that this might be it. 25 this season, he's not going to change by leaps and bounds and he'll have to come up big – but not too big - right out of the box. If he looks at a double cheeseburger the wrong way he'll slip up to 330 pounds, but he's a good enough guy and a hard enough worker to think he could become a star for the next five years.
CFN Projection: First Round


RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin 5-10, 214
Overall Pick No. 58 CFN Position Rank: 3
Ultra-productive with extreme quickness, great hands and peerless cutback ability, Ball is a fast back who needs just a sliver of daylight to pop through and rip off big yards. Slippery as well as a pinball, he's an elite of the elite goal line runner who has a natural ability to weave his way through the line to get forward. Patient, instinctive and tough, he's great at waiting for that last possible second before bouncing through, and then bounce up after taking the big shot. But how long can he last? With 924 career carries and 59 catches, the clock is ticking on how many big shots he can take. He's not a power back in any way and won't bowl over anyone, and he's going to need to be a part of a rotation, but he should be terrific for three years before hitting wall.
CFN Projection: Second Round


CB Kayvon Webster, South Florida 5-11, 195
Overall Pick No. 90 CFN Position Rank: 25
With 4.36 speed that translates to the field, he has no problems staying with the faster receivers and doesn't get beaten deep. With plenty of experience and production to go along with his wheels, he has seen it all and has more than held his own against No. 1 targets over the last few years. However, it would've been nice if he did something when the ball was in the air. Not an elite playmaker on the ball, he doesn't come up with picks and he doesn't seem able to track well enough to come up with enough stops to be an NFL starter.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round  


DE Quanterus Smith, WKU (Jr.) 6-4, 250
Overall Pick No. 146 CFN Position Rank: 12
While he's a one-trick specialist, he could be phenomenal at that one thing. A pure pass rushing prospect who gets off the ball in a hurry, he's a tremendous athlete who cuts well and could carve out a long career as a playmaker into the backfield. First, through, he needs to get healthy after suffering a torn ACL late in the season and missing a chance to show what he could do in offseason workouts. While he got by in the Sun Belt by being more athletic than everyone else, he didn't do all the little things right and still needs seasoning. He needs to use his rehab time to transform his body and get stronger to hold up against the run, but he'll be used to do one thing right. It's going to take a year to start working on what he can become, but he'll be worth the wait.
CFN Projection: Third Round

WR Tavarres King, Georgia
Overall Pick No. 161 CFN Position Rank: 18
While he doesn't have elite wheels, he's fast enough to be an NFL deep threat with the moves and athleticism to do a little bit of anything. The hands are average and he tends to fight the ball a bit too much, but he's a good overall pass catcher who's able to track the ball well down the field. While he's good out of the box as a ready-made deep threat, he has plenty of upside. Once he gets in better shape, transforms his body a bit and rocks up with an NFL strength coach, he could be more than just a fly pattern target and could work far better in the interior. He could turn into an ideal No. 3 target in time.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round


OT Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech (OG) 6-4, 306
Overall Pick No. 173 CFN Position Rank: 21
Extremely versatile and extremely athletic, his offseason workouts have been tremendous showing excellent feet and quickness while looking the part. In great shape, he doesn't need any work in an NFL weight room, but on the downside, he might be maxed out on his frame – there isn't much room to rock up another ten pounds to be a dominant guard. After starting out his career on the defensive line, he needs time and seasoning as an offensive lineman, and he's not going to get it. There's too much talent and upside to not get plenty of time in a camp, and there's enough to get excited about to develop, but it's going to take lots of patience.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round


QB Zac Dysert, Miami University 6-3, 231
Overall Pick No. 234 CFN Position Rank: 9
All he had to do at MU was throw and throw and throw some more. A dink-and-dunk, short-to-midrange passer, he got in plenty of work and chances to show what he can do. Smart with the ability to make the right reads and get the ball out of his hands in a hurry, he can be excellent to keep the chains moving in the right offense that allows him to spread the ball around. Can he handle being a pocket passer? Everything breaks down under pressure and he tends to get bail out on a play by going to the hot receiver too quickly; he has to learn to hang in until the last nanosecond to deliver the ball. Not all that big, not a deep passer and with limited athleticism, there's a hard ceiling on what he can be, but he could turn into a nearly perfect backup option who could step in and keep a team afloat.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round