Player News - Broncos

Date: Team: Pos:

Broncos signed Louisiana Tech DE Vontarrius Dora.

Dora (6'4/256) was a four-year starter at La Tech, logging 23.5 career tackles for loss and 13 sacks. After a fairly quiet college career, Dora got his name on the pro map with an invite to January's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Dora's measurable athleticism is just as underwhelming as his college production; He ran a molasses-slow 5.11 forty at the Bulldogs' Pro Day, managing a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Dora's going to have to become an ace special teamer to stick in the NFL.
May 3 - 11:50 AM

Broncos signed Oregon WR Bralon Addison.

Addison (5'9/197) earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors as a senior, finishing his career with 146 catches for 1,937 yards (13.3 YPR) and 20 touchdowns. He added three career punt return TDs. An impact college slot receiver and return specialist, Addison likely lacks the requisite size and athleticism to become a regular NFL contributor after running 4.66 with a 9-foot-8 broad jump at the Combine. He's a poor man's Jamison Crowder.
May 3 - 11:49 AM

Mark Sanchez said he views the Broncos' selection of Paxton Lynch in the first round as a vote of confidence.

"That’s been the message I’ve received," Sanchez said. "I’m thrilled about this opportunity." Lynch oozes upside, but he is a raw prospect who would be well served sitting behind a veteran for a year. Sanchez looks like that veteran. At this point, it would be surprising if he is not under center Week 1.
May 3 - 10:52 AM

The Broncos will not exercise NT Sylvester Williams' fifth-year option for 2017.

The move is a bit surprising for a key member of Denver's front seven. Per beat writer Mike Klis, GM John Elway was unwilling to put himself on the hook for Williams' $6.757 million option because the Broncos want to extend Williams, but "did not want contract negotiations to have a $6.757 million-a-year starting point." The going rate for nose tackles is closer to $5 million a year.
May 2 - 3:44 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak praised first-round QB Paxton Lynch's ability to make plays on the move.

"When I watch him on film, the thing that’s really exciting is that this guy extends plays," Kubiak said. "It’s really hard in this business to coach guys to keep their eyes down the field when they’re moving, and this guy does a great job of that." Kubiak likes to move the pocket and utilize bootlegs at much as any offensive mind in the league, and Lynch should fit those play designs perfectly. Mark Sanchez will likely open Week 1 under center, but Lynch will almost certainly make starts this season.
Source: ESPN
May 2 - 11:38 AM

ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold believes fourth-round RB Devontae Booker will "push for playing time."

Despite matching the Dolphins' four-year, $18 million offer sheet for C.J. Anderson, the Broncos have re-signed Ronnie Hillman and spent a fourth-round pick on Booker, a player GM John Elway confirmed was their second-highest graded running back. Denver has never committed to Anderson as the lead back, and they have now brought in quality competition in Booker. Despite his upside, Anderson could be a bit difficult to trust as an RB1 pick in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
May 2 - 8:39 AM

Broncos signed Iowa TE Henry Krieger-Coble.

Krieger-Coble (6'3/249) made 14 career starts for the Hawkeyes, failing to catch a pass before his senior year wherein Krieger-Coble managed a 35-405-1 (11.6 YPR) receiving line. He earned a "Team Hustle" Award in 2015, but failed to receive All-Big Ten recognition. Krieger-Coble struggled at Iowa's Pro Day, clocking 4.91 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-2 broad jump. Short armed (31 3/8") and not particularly big or athletic, Krieger-Coble's calling card is his ability to block like a bigger tight end. He's a poor man's Lance Kendricks.
Apr 30 - 7:45 PM

Broncos selected Syracuse P Riley Dixon with the No. 228 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Dixon (6'4/221) walked onto the Clemson football team and went on to finish third in Orange history in career punting average (42.62) and fifth in punting yards (9,291). He was a second-team All-ACC pick by the conference's coaches as a senior. Dixon showed an impressive knack for forcing opponents to fair catch, but kicked in a dome in college and possesses only average leg strength. He'll have to become a pinpoint directional punter to last in the pros.
Apr 30 - 5:48 PM

Broncos selected Arizona S Will Parks with the No. 219 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Parks was not on the radar of most NFL draft scouting services. He stands 6-foot, 204 and managed a 4.63 forty at the Wildcats' Pro Day. Parks will have to show special teams value in order to win a roster spot as a rookie.
Apr 30 - 5:31 PM

Broncos selected Nebraska FB Andy Janovich with the No. 176 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Janovich (6'1/238) spent a little over one season as the Cornhuskers' starting fullback, amassing a 45-271-3 (6.1 YPC) rushing line with five career receptions. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches as a senior. A walk-on with borderline-NFL athleticism (4.81 forty, 9'11" broad jump), Janovich's big-league ticket will be on special teams, where he starred in college. He isn't a ball-handling threat or a dominant lead blocker.
Apr 30 - 3:39 PM

Broncos selected Missouri OG Connor McGovern with the No. 144 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

McGovern (6'4/306) made 40 starts for the Tigers, seeing early-career action at guard and right tackle before protecting the blind side as a senior. Short arms (32 7/8") limit McGovern's pass pro on the edge, but he plays with a powerful mean streak and showed NFL-level weight-room strength at the Combine, benching 225 pounds 33 times. McGovern projects as an NFL guard or right tackle, offering upside as a drive blocker.
Apr 30 - 2:13 PM

Broncos selected Utah RB Devontae Booker with the No. 136 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Booker (5'11/219) spent two seasons at Utah after a JUCO transfer, parlaying 560 carries into 2,773 yards (4.95 YPC) and 21 TDs. Also an adept receiver, Booker caught 80 passes in just 23 games. On tape, Booker showed a sensational aptitude for making himself skinny and fitting through cracks, as well as quick feet and run-finishing ability. Concerns include Booker's small hands (8 5/8"), advanced age -- he'll be a 24-year-old rookie -- and a torn meniscus that cut his final college season three games short. Ultimately, Booker teased an NFL-starter-quality skill set as a Ute and is a promising pro prospect.
Apr 30 - 1:55 PM

Broncos selected Boston College S Justin Simmons with the No. 98 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Simmons (6'2/202) was a 32-game starter at B.C., seeing action at both corner and safety and finishing his career with eight interceptions and four forced fumbles. Simmons helped himself in Indy, running a mediocre 4.61 forty but shining in the vertical (40") and broad (10'6") jumps as well as agility tests. Simmons' best NFL position will be free safety. A plus tackler with center-field range, Simmons has some similarities to Bengals FS George Iloka.
Apr 29 - 11:15 PM

Broncos selected Georgia Tech DT Adam Gotsis with the No. 63 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Gotsis will be in the mix as the Broncos try to replace Malik Jackson. Gotsis (6'5/287) started for three seasons at Georgia Tech, logging 27.5 career tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. His senior year ended on Halloween due to a knee injury, and the subsequent recovery prevented Gotsis from testing before the draft. Gotsis' pass-rush prowess is unlikely to transition smoothly into the NFL, but he can hold the point of attack and play with power. Whenever he gets healthy, Gotsis might be best utilized as a two-gap defensive end.
Apr 29 - 9:37 PM

Broncos traded up with the Seahawks to select Memphis QB Paxton Lynch with the No. 26 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Broncos are shipping the Nos. 31 and 94 picks to Seattle for the right to move up five spots. Lynch's selection means neither Colin Kaepernick nor Ryan Fitzpatrick will be Denver bound. Lynch (6'7/244) started three years at Memphis, finishing his career with a 63.0 completion percentage, 7.36 YPA, 59:23 TD:INT ratio and 17 rushing scores. Lynch has huge hands (10 1/4") and high-level quarterback athleticism, running 4.86 with a 36-inch vertical. Big, mobile and over a year younger than Carson Wentz, Lynch's drawbacks consist of up-and-down ball placement resulting from technical flaws as a pocket passer, frustrating game-to-game consistency and questionable intelligence after managing an 18 on the Wonderlic. Lynch has drawn some comparisons to Blake Bortles. Although Mark Sanchez remains Denver's probable Week 1 starter, we'd expect Lynch to make starts as a rookie.
Apr 28 - 11:04 PM


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