Overall Grade - B
(R1) DT Sylvester Williams – D
Williams was brought in to bring the interior line more balance against the run, but mainly to give a potential pass-rushing presence with the interior as well.
Williams struggled last season plain and simple. Aside from two solid games in December (vs. Oakland and Houston) he didn’t put up any impressive numbers and was shut down consistently.
He has the ability to play better than this, and the Broncos will need that impact if they are to repeat next season in the AFC.
(R2) RB Montee Ball – B
Ball’s performance was certainly enough to keep Moreno honest and on his feet in 2013. Ball was a solid find in the 2nd round and clearly has 1st round skills and potential. He has a future in the Broncos' backfield and can top 1,000 yards on the ground more effectively than Moreno, which will be critical to the Broncos continuing AFC dominance going forward. We won’t be a backup for long in Denver.
(R3) CB Kayvon Webster – B
Denver utilized him in nickel and dime situations, but the kid has shown he could make a play to be a starter in the Broncos' defense. He made 41 tackles, intercepted a pass while deflecting 10 others in the process. Webster can be used as a No. 2 CB next season, and has the potential to be a shutdown corner. Last season was a sign of things to come and then Broncos banked good from this pick.
(R5) DE Quanterus Smith – C
Denver red-shirted Smith for the season following a recovery concern with his ACL. He will be 100 percent when entering training camp.
(R5) WR Tavarres King – F
Waived a month into the season, wasted pick with current depth that was in place entering the draft, considering Welker and other names available.
(R6) OT Vinston Painter – C
Denver recently added Painter to the roster after he spent all season on the practice squad. He has the tools to make it at this level.
(R7) QB Zac Dysert – C
Dysert was a solid find this late in the draft for a developmental player with an upside and skill set to match. He will ride the pine, but Elway likes what he sees in the kid. Dysert should be given a fair chance to win the Broncos' backup competition next season.
He’s too good to leave on the practice squad, and if the Broncos don’t retain him he will catch on elsewhere. Letting him learn from Manning would be worth more for the Broncos' future.