Broncos sign seven players, waive three

The Denver Broncos signed seven of their 2004 NFL Draft choices on Tuesday and agreed to terms with first round pick D.J. Williams. They also waived three players.

The Denver Broncos on Tuesday signed seven of their 2004 NFL Draft choices, including wide receiver Darius Watts, cornerbacks Jeremy LeSueur and Jeff Shoate, center Josh Sewell, quarterback Matt Mauck, running back Brandon Miree and quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt. The team also waived safety Jarious Jackson, wide receiver MarTay Jenkins and cornerback Reggie Stephens. First round pick, linebacker D. J. Williams out of Miami, has agreed to terms with the team and will sign today.

Watts, 6-2, 188 pounds, was Denver's second of two second-round picks (54th overall) from Marshall. For his college career, he registered 272 receptions for 4,031 yards (14.8), setting school and Mid-American Conference records for receptions while also ranking fifth all-time in Division I-A history in that category. One of 11 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award (best receiver) in 2001, Watts was born on Dec. 19, 1981, in Atlanta, and was a four-year letter winner in football at Banneker High School in Atlanta.

LeSueur, 6-0, 197 pounds, was the Broncos' third-round choice (85th overall) from Michigan. An All-Big Ten second-team selection as a senior, LeSueur played in 50 career games (26 starts) and totaled 170 tackles (132 solo), four interceptions (87 yards) and 27 pass deflections in five seasons. The Holly Springs, Miss., native, born Oct. 5, 1980, earned All-American honors in football at Holly Springs High School and was a four-time state medal winner in the 400 and 800-meter relay.

Shoate, 5-10, 189 pounds, was selected in the fifth round (152nd overall) from San Diego State. In 47 games (35 starts), he recorded 153 tackles (108 solo), seven interceptions (26 yards), 28 passes defensed and five forced fumbles for the Aztecs. A two-time All-Mountain West Conference second-team selection, Shoate walked-on to San Diego State after playing his freshman year at Montana. Born March 23, 1981, in San Diego, Shoate played both quarterback and defensive back at Serra High School in San Diego, earning the Central League's Offensive Player of the Year honors as a senior.

Sewell, 6-2, 300 pounds, was the team's second selection in the sixth round (190th overall) from Nebraska. He started all 13 games as a senior in 2003 and played in 29 games for his college career. Sewell transferred to Nebraska in 2001 as a walk-on from Indiana State, where he played in 11 games. Experienced in playing both center and guard, Sewell was born July 26, 1981, in Lincoln, Neb.

Mauck, 6-1, 213 pounds, was the Broncos' first of three seventh-round choices (225th overall) from Louisiana State. He played in 23 games (20 starts), completing 310-of-529 passes (58.6) for 3,813 yards with 35 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. A two-year starter, Mauck led LSU to an 18-2 overall record and helped the team to a share of the National Championship in 2003, its first since 1958. A Jasper, Ind., native, Mauck was born Feb. 12, 1979, in Evansville, Ind., and was a sixth round selection in the 1997 Amateur Baseball Draft, playing three seasons in the Chicago Cubs' organization.

Miree, 5-11, 237 pounds, was the team's second of three seventh-round selections (247th overall) from Pittsburgh. He rushed 426 times for 1,987 yards (4.7) and 16 touchdowns during his four-year college career, which included 13 games played at Alabama as a freshman and sophomore. Born April 14, 1981, the Cincinnati native was a three-time conference champion in the 100-meter dash at Winton Woods High School.

Van Pelt, 6-2, 231 pounds, was the Broncos' final seventh-round selection (250th overall) from Colorado State. A two-time All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection, the three-year starter completed 428-of-778 passes (54.5) for 6,165 yards with 37 touchdowns and 30 interceptions for his career to rank fourth all-time in passing yards for the Rams. Born July 3, 1980, in Owosso, Mich., Van Pelt was a four-sport athlete at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The only player remaining yet to be signed is second round pick, running back Tatum Bell of Alabama. The Broncos signed former Alabama WR Triandos Luke, the team's first of two sixth-round picks (171st overall), on June 14.

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