The 2013 draft class of the Denver Broncos features only a few players that can help the team immediately and has been viewed as underwhelming by many around the league.
They filled most of their needs with only two players assured of having the ability to have a large impact now.
Some could surprise given the chance and logic has shown us that initial draft judgements are hard to gauge.
John Elway and John Fox not only took the best player available with the 28th pick, they filled a need that has plagued the team for awhile - a true penetrating interior player who can stay on the field for all three downs.
Sylvester Williams is incredibly explosive; more so than other defensive tackles taken before him. He will hopefully translate those strengths onto the NFL gridiron as quickly as possible. Let's take a look at the Broncos' 2013 class.
1st Round (28) - Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The 6'3", 315-pounder shows rare explosiveness and quickness for a true interior player. He isn't just a clogger, he offers great pass rushing ability due to the use of his hands and quick feet. He uses his hands better than top 15 picks Star Lotulelei and Sheldon Richardson, which allows him to dictate the movement of the offensive guard attempting to contain him.
From a pure talent perspective Williams is the best interior athlete the Broncos have had in years. He will fight for a starting role but will most likely end up behind veteran starters Terrence Knighton and Kevin Vickerson.
Derek Wolfe and him will be the designated third down interior pass rushers. Both can push the pocket and are deceptively quick. He should start off as a backup in a rotation. Because of his explosiveness and quickness he will play in at least 50 percent of downs.
2nd Round (58) - Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Perfect fit for what John Fox wants to do in the running game. Ball was higher on the Broncos' board than most other teams because of their "win now" philosophy. Ball offers a lot of experince coming out of college which he will need playing with Peyton Manning.
He was the most productive back in the 2013 draft class but the concern is the amount of mileage he has accumulated the past few seasons in Madison.
He should hold up for at least the next three seasons, which is all Denver really needs him for. Ball has the ability to start immediately and his arrival could spell the end for the Willis McGahee era. Ball is cheaper, faster, and a better pass catching option than the 31-year-old McGahee. Don't be surprised if Ball is the starter coming out of camp.
3rd Round (90) - Kayvon Webster, CB, South Florida
The Broncos turned a lot of heads selecting the USF product so early in the draft. His lack of production, in terms of interceptions, was a deterrent for many teams. However, if you watch film on Webster you notice how physical he is against receivers and in run support.
The guy is a bull attacking the ball carrier. His lack of interceptions is misleading because you can see how complete he is in his all around game. This pick could really be a steal and is a testament to Denver's front office staff. Webster can step in as a dime corner and will be a great gunner on special teams. He can also return kicks.
5th Round (146) - Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
Smith was very productive in college (12.5 sacks in 2012) and has good measurables. Unfortunately, he was injured near the end of his senior season and is still recovering.
He should start off on the Physically Unable to Preform (PUP) list. He will most likely take his rookie season to recover. He is a long-term investment that will be stashed until 2014.
5th Round (161) - Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
King was a productive receiver in the country's most NFL-like conference. He was known as a major leader on and off the field - which is always bonus points with players drafted by Elway and Fox.
He brings a vertical factor into the Broncos' passing attack. Scouts Inc. describes him as a "true vertical threat with the straight line speed to take the top off the defense."
He has decent hands and tracks the ball incredibly well. Denver hopes he can beat out Andre Caldwell for the No. 4 receiver position. While he might not be as fast as Caldwell, King is a much more natural pass catcher and more consistent. That bodes well in a Peyton Manning lead offense.
6th Round (173) - Vinston Painter, OT, Virginia Tech
The Broncos needed to draft a developmental tackle at some point to compete with current backup Chris Clark. Painter is a one-year starter but is prime to develop into a player the Broncos can count on to be a quality backup tackle.
While all offensive linemen are strong, Painter is above average and he shows it in his physical style of play. He might be a practice squad candidate as the more seasoned Chris Clark plays out his one year tender.
7th Round(234) - Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio)
Very interesting selection as Denver snatches a free falling Dysert, who many had going as high as the third round. This could be an eventual steal for the Broncos as they pick up a athletic player who possesses a big time NFL arm and has great potential to develop.
He will battle current backup and 2012 2nd round pick Brock Osweiler, who many view as overrated. The competition should push Osweiler. Dysert will get a fair chance to win the backup job but at the end of the day he should be Denver's third quarterback for the whole season.
Overview: While this year's draft class for the Broncos seemed a bit underwhelming, the additions of immediate impact player like Williams and Ball will elevate some of the lower draft grades given by experts around the league.
Ball is a candidate for rookie of the year if Willis McGahee is cut or is injured again. Webster will be an instant difference maker on special teams and I wouldn't be surprised if he passes Tony Carter on the depth chart for the No. 4 cornerback position.
King could chip in a little bit this year if he secures the No. 4 receiver position, but he is no lock to make the team and much less obvious disappointments have happened in the past. Smith will most likely redshirt this year and recover from his injury.
With Chris Clark in the fold, a roster spot for Vinston Painer isn't necessary. He should stick on the practice squad. Hopefully, the Broncos don't see Dysert for a couple of years but it will be interesting to see him play in the preseason.
John Fox and John Elway filled two big needs at the top of the draft which bodes well for a Super Bowl run. They hope that the rookies in this class will be slipping on a championship ring at the end of the year.