The Denver Broncos have signed 20 college free agents who went undrafted over the weekend. The new Broncos join the 8 selections John Elway and company selected in the draft. The signings brings the Broncos roster to 91 players, meaning the team will have to make a move to get down to the 90 man training camp roster.
Tight end Henry Krieger-Coble is a player many are surprised went undrafted. As a fifth-year senior at Iowa, HKC hauled in 35 passes for 405 yards and a touchdown. The fact that he had just seven total receptions in the previous three years had a little something to do with his fall through the draft.
HKC has the frame to bulk up and the passion and skill-set to become a dominant run blocker. He's the perfect developmental Broncos tight end.
Cornerback John Tidwell was among the players the Broncos hosted at their regional pro day on April 12. A local kid, he attended Ridgeview High School and has great length. He has his work cut out for him to make the final roster. But, hey, Chris Harris, Jr. walked the same path.
Wide receiver Mose Frazier was one of Paxton Lynch's favorite targets at Memphis. As a senior in 2015, Frazier hauled in 70 balls and scored six total touchdowns. He brings familiarity to Lynch and helps the rookie first rounder transition outside his comfort zone. And if Frazier can spark the WR competition in training camp, all the better.
The Broncos took a flyer on Georgia long snapper Nathan Theus. Denver inexplicably cut Aaron Brewer, after giving him a new contract last spring. They signed Casey Kreiter earlier this spring and Theus will compete with him for Denver's solitary long snapper roster spot.
Frank Shannon likely caught the Broncos eye when they scouted fellow Oklahoma Sooner linebacker Dominique Alexander, as well as current Bronco Corey Nelson. Shannon was the Sooners' leading tackler in 2013. However, he was relegated to backup duty as a senior, but is a great leader and the type of athletic linebacker the Broncos like.
The big defensive lineman only had one year of football at the FBS level. He's inexperienced and raw but he has the work ethic and athleticism to be of value. In his one season at Oregon State, Kyle Peko produced 45 combined tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.
Oklahoma wide receiver Durron Neal had the unfortunate privilege of playing across from Sterling Shepard throughout his collegiate career. Overshadowed, Neal slipped through the draft, even though he had solid stats. The reason? He's a talented receiver, but doesn't possess an elite skill. However, the Broncos see something in him they like.
This Miami Hurricane defensive tackle is strong. Calvin Heurtelou can reportedly bench press 445 pounds and squat 575. Although his senior stats don't jump off the page, he might have enough athleticism to compete at nose guard for the Broncos. However, injuries derailed his productivity in college. Staying healthy is priority No. 1.
Former Wyoming Cowboys standout Eddie Yarbrough projects as a stand-up outside linebacker with the Broncos. He produced 39.5 tackles for a loss and 21.5 sacks in his collegiate career. He also brings his master ukulele skills to the Mile High City.
Utah State defensive tackle David Moala had a productive two years as an Aggie. As a senior nose tackle, he produced 50 combined tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. Yes, it was the Mountain West Conference, but those are impressive numbers for a nose tackle.
Duke safety Dwayne Norman brings versatility to the Broncos. He played his first three years at Duke at safety, before moving to linebacker. Second-Team All-ACC, Norman led the Blue Devils with 114 tackles as a senior. Norman's type of linebacker/safety hybrid becoming increasingly more utilized in the NFL.
Oregon wide receiver Bralon Addison missed 2014 with a torn ACL, but came back strong in 2015, catching 63 balls for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns. His size pigeon-holes him as a slot receiver at the pro level but if he can polish his route tree, he could be a diamond in the rough.
Defensive end Vontarrius Dora played across from first round selection Vernon Butler at Louisiana Tech. Somewhat overshadowed by Butler, Dora nevertheless produced 9.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks as a senior. He projects as a 5-tech DE in Denver.
Wide receiver Kaliff Raymond is fast. He ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at his Holy Cross pro day. He's only 5-foot-8.5 and about 165 pounds. But he's lighting fast and could give the Broncos a playmaker in the return game.
This Shepherd standout started all 14 games for the Rams in 2015. A First-Team All-MEC selection, Shaniel Jenkins was the MEC Defensive Player of the Year. recording 23 tackles for a loss and a whopping 23.5 sacks. There's always a place at the table for a pass rusher of that ilk — provided he can translate that 'pop' to the big league.
Aaron Neary, Eastern Washington, OL
Neary is 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds. And projects as an interior player on the Broncos offensive line. In 2014, he was a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection.
Lars Hanson, Sacramento State, OL
6-foot-8 and close to 300 pounds, Lars Hanson will compete on the offensive line in Denver, likely at tackle.
Anthony Norris, Southern Utah, TE
This 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end appeared in 6 games for the SUU Thunderbirds in 2015, catching 10 balls for 98 yards. He'll compete with HKC for a possible practice squad spot moving forward.
Antonio Glover, Georgia Southern, S
This 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety started all 13 games at strong safety for the Eagles, tallying 56 total tackles, two tackles for a loss, one fumble recovery, three pass breakups and six interceptions. An intriguing prospect.
Sadat Sulleyman, Portland State, OLB
Sadat Sulleyman is considered to be an excellent pass rusher, but he played at Portland State where level-of-competition concerns come into play. He projects as an OLB with the Broncos.
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