Breaking Down The Denver Broncos 2017 Class Of Undrafted Rookie Free Agents

It's that time of year where the Broncos roster gets flooded with rookies who didn't hear their name called on Draft Day. Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel breaks down each undrafted rookie free agent Denver has signed.

Erik Austell, Offensive Line, Charleston Southern

Austell is an interesting case. He can play well for a power scheme, but the Broncos coaches need to unlock his hips and get him to play with consistent power.

He has the footwork and athleticism to be a good offensive linemen, but it all comes down to power for him. Determining that will determine where to play him at.

Josh Banderas, Linebacker, Nebraska

Banderas is a very smart football player. He was in charge on the field for the Cornhuskers defense and a leader of men. He has good size and length, but his tools need work.

With his brain and work ethic, he could compete for a back-end roster spot. Here's one thing that isn’t very well known about Banderas. To make himself more attractive to NFL teams, he put in a lot of work as a long-snapper in preparation for the draft.

Dante Barnett, Safety, Kansas State

Barnett is a long safety that has good range and speed on the football field. He likes to hit and set a tone, as well.

Barnett has a nose for the ball, with 11 passes defensed and another three interceptions.

Jamal Carter, Safety, Miami (FL)

Carter is a raw prospect but is gifted physically and athletically. Normally you hear of height, weight and speed prospects at receiver. Well, Carter is one at safety.

He is a project, but considering the Broncos defensive backs and their coaching staff, Carter landed himself in a great place for how raw he is.

Ken Ekanem, Rush Linebacker, Virginia Tech

Ekanem is the type of college free agent that should make Broncos fans excited. Denver has a history of finding pass rushers as undrafted free agents and Ekanem could be the next one.

He played with his hand in the dirt in college, but is a rush linebacker in the NFL. He might be a limited athlete, but he wins with his hands and could develop into a solid situational rusher.

Jerrol Garcia-Williams, Linebacker, Hawaii

The Hawaii linebacker met with three teams at his pro day. The team he spent the longest time with? The Denver Broncos.

He is a lighter (230 pounds) linebacker that is a good tackler. There is an extensive injury history here, however, that bears monitoring.

Deon Hollins, Rush Linebacker, UCLA

Hollins was a defensive end/linebacker at UCLA and his issues in coverage limited him. He is decent when defending the run, and when he gets off the snap quick, can cause issues.

However, rushing the passer is more his thing and he has a really good spin move that is quick and sharp.

Cameron Hunt, Offensive Tackle, Oregon

Another player that Denver met with prior to the draft, Hunt is a right side player, who can play tackle or guard. He is a mean player who loves to put defenders on the ground, like first-rounder Garett Bolles

This is reflected with Hunt's win of the Pancake Block Award. He also has some good experience with 39 starts in the Pac-12.

Tyrique Jarrett, Nose Tackle, Pittsburgh

Jarrett was a guy that Denver showed a lot of interest in pre-draft and had they kept their three seventh round picks, they likely would have drafted him. However, they were confident he would go undrafted and they could sign him as a CFA.

Jarrett is a prototypical nose tackle with the size and strength. His pass rush is limited, but he can generate a solid push. Don’t be surprise if he pushes Kyle Peko for the last nose tackle spot.

Anthony Nash, Wide Receiver, Duke

Nash is a tall and skinny receiver. He started 32 out of 36 games and averaged 14.1 yards per catch.

He wasn’t highly used, but has good upside. A broken collarbone shut down his senior season after a hot start.

Marcus Rios, Cornerback, UCLA

Rios has good size and speed for the NFL corner position. He is still raw and is a bit of a project, but he offers upside and special teams gunner ability.

Kyle Sloter, Quarterback, Northern Colorado

Sloter is a small school quarterback who flew under the radar but is highly thought of. He has really good upside, but is raw at the quarterback position. Has experience under center, and in the shotgun.

Sloter spent time with former NFL coaches to improve his mechanics, and it worked out for him. He will compete with Chad Kelly for the No. 3 quarterback spot and had Jim Kelly not ok’d Chad, Denver would’ve drafted Kyle Sloter instead.

Shakir Soto, Defensive End, Pittsburgh

Soto is a big guy, but plays really fast. He does get a little reckless with his play and leaves his gap open.

Soto isn’t a guy to compete for the roster spot, but he has a good shot at the practice squad.

Orion Stewart, Safety, Baylor

Stewart has a nose for the ball, but that is about it. He lacks the fluid movement and speed to really excel in coverage.

As for his run defense, he can contribute but he isn’t much of a hitter and shies away from contact.

Dymonte Thomas, Safety, Michigan

Thomas is a safety who can come in and play slot corner — in certain matchups. Quicker slot guys will eat Thomas alive, due to speed and quickness concerns with him as a prospct.

He has good range and size. The key will be finding how best to use Thomas, as is the case with every young rookie.

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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