Player News - Broncos

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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

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cowboys and Browns have "made calls" in an effort to trade back into the first round.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously reported something similar concerning Cleveland. The Cowboys and Browns would presumably be targeting quarterbacks later in round one, trading back up in order to secure fifth-year options on them as first-round picks. Schefter hinted he expects Memphis' Paxton Lynch to be the third quarterback drafted. After expressing doubt Lynch would be a first-round pick earlier in the day, Schefter said he now believes Lynch has a "real chance" to land in the top 32. Schefter also tweeted he anticipates a lot of trade action throughout Thursday night.
Apr 28 - 7:12 PM

The New York Daily News' Gary Myers is "hearing" there is "no way" the Jets will draft Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.

Lynch's stock seemed hot -- potentially even top-ten hot -- as recently as last week, but teams' feelings regarding the way he dresses and carries himself have been made public over the last few days. Lynch is a toolsy, highly intriguing prospect, but he's developmental on the field and not entirely "clean" off of it. He's a wild card in a first round chock full of them.
Apr 28 - 12:44 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter said it is "hard to find a landing spot" for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the first round.

There was talk of Lynch going in the top ten after both the Rams and Eagles traded up for the top two picks. That still may happen, but the reality is Lynch is a raw prospect who reportedly did not show well during his Combine interviews. The desperation for quality quarterbacks around the league could elevate Lynch, Connor Cook, and Christian Hackenberg into the first round, but they are not among the top-31 prospects in this class.
Apr 28 - 10:13 AM

ESPN's Rich Cimini no longer believes the Jets will consider Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the first round.

"The sense I get is the organization has concerns about his maturity and ability to adjust to a pro-style offense," Cimini writes. While that might be true, this is also the time of year to take everything with a grain of salt. Linked with Lynch in most mock drafts, the Jets leaking this information could help prevent another team from jumping them at No. 20 to take Lynch. Cimini also hears the Jets "like" Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 8:46 AM

Franchise-tagged OLB Von Miller said he expects to sign a long-term deal with the Broncos "any day."

"That's just the mindset I have," Miller continued. The quote makes it sound more like Miller is hoping he will get a new deal soon rather than expecting one. The two sides were reportedly very far apart in negotiations just two weeks ago, and franchise-tag deals rarely get done this far before the July 15 deadline. These negotiations are likely to drag on much longer than Miller hopes.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 8:40 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints discussed trading for the No. 1 pick to land a quarterback.

This report is a masterful bit of pre-draft maneuvering by the Saints. Leaking they are interested in a quarterback not only puts pressure on Drew Brees to agree to an extension and the cap relief which comes with it, it also lets other teams know New Orleans could be in the market for Memphis' Paxton Lynch, who Rapoport mentions by name. Bravo. In reality, the Saints have to address their pass rush or secondary in the first round.
Apr 26 - 10:31 AM

Broncos signed TE Garrett Graham to a one-year contract.

Graham, 28, was a useful No. 2 tight end under Gary Kubiak in Houston, catching 49 balls for the 2013 Texans before Kubiak's ouster. The Texans re-signed Graham to be a starter under Bill O'Brien and he struggled, finally getting benched for Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz last year. In Denver, Graham will compete with Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman for snaps.
Apr 25 - 4:37 PM

Memphis QB Paxton Lynch reportedly scored an 18 on the Wonderlic Test.

Some NFL scouts have expressed concerns about Lynch's maturity, and his intelligence may also be criticized following the below-average score. For comparison, Carson Wentz scored 40, Jared Goff 34, and Cardale Jones 24. On Monday, NFL draft insider Tony Pauline suggested Lynch could call further than expected and might even get drafted after Christian Hackenberg.
Apr 25 - 11:28 AM

Memphis QB Paxton Lynch had a higher completion percentage under pressure than both Jared Goff and Carson Wentz last season.

According to PFF, Lynch also had the highest grade in the nation on designed rollouts. Lynch offers an intriguing skill set and is listed at a massive 6'7/244. The Browns and Jets are two teams that could be interested, though taking Lynch at No. 8 overall might be a reach for Cleveland. Lynch's draft stock is rising thanks to recent trades by the Rams and Eagles at Nos. 1 and 2 overall.
Apr 24 - 12:37 PM


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