Draft picks to stick

Check out a status report on the Denver Broncos' draft choices.


Rd. 1/17, LB D.J. Williams, Miami (Fla.) -- Williams has a good chance to start this season at outside linebacker. He was put into the starting lineup when OLB Jashon Sykes hurt his knee in Denver's first preseason game. Sykes returned for the Broncos last preseason game, but it will be hard to demote Williams.

Rd. 2/41, RB Tatum Bell, Oklahoma State -- Bell was set back by a broken middle finger in his first training camp practice, and will enter the season as the No. 3 back. He's got great speed and has shown willingness to run between the tackles, so he could move up the depth chart during the season.

Rd.2/54, WR Darius Watts, Marshall -- Watts has done nothing but make plays since he arrived with the Broncos. He's looked better than starter Ashley Lelie since training camp started and will be relied upon in Denver's passing game.

Rd.3/85, CB Jeremy LeSueur, Michigan -- Struggled early in camp, but made strides as practice went on. He'll be a special-teams contributor this year.

Rd.5/152, CB Jeff Shoate, San Diego State -- Shoate came in more comfortable in Denver's man-to-man schemes than LeSueur. Possible contributor in the Broncos' dime package as their sixth defensive back.

Rd.6/171, WR Triandos Luke, Alabama -- Luke wasn't a punt returner at Alabama, but worked on it over the summer and looked like a natural doing it in preseason. He'll start the season at that position and provide depth at receiver.

Rd.7/225, QB Matt Mauck, Louisiana State -- Showed poise, good athleticism and a very good arm in minicamps and early in training camp. He took a bit of a step back once the preseason games started, but Mauck is a favorite of the organization and will get some time to develop on the roster.

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