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The Denver Broncos had a solid draft in 2005, after a pair of drafts in which 10 picks yielded very little help to the roster. Last year Denver had six picks, took three cornerbacks and two of them -- Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth -- will compete for a starting spot this season.

DRAFT BREAKDOWN -- Three-year breakdown: How the Broncos have done in the draft since 2003:
Total picks: 26
'04 Starters 3
'04 Backups 7
Other teams: 3
Out of NFL: 11
Injured Reserve/PUP: 2

OVERALL
The Broncos had a solid draft in 2005, after a pair of drafts in which 10 picks yielded very little help to the roster.

Last year Denver had six picks, took three cornerbacks and two of them -- Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth -- will compete for a starting spot this season.

Two other picks, offensive lineman Chris Myers and cornerback Karl Paymah, have talent and the Broncos hope they have a bright future.

In 2003 the Broncos had 10 picks but whiffed on many. From that draft class, only right tackle George Foster, the team's first round pick, was on the roster at the start of the 2005 season, a startlingly low number two years after a draft.

The 2004 draft was a little more successful, but of the 10 picks it's possible only three will make the team in 2006.

BEST PICK: CB Domonique Foxworth (third round, 97th overall): For sheer value, getting Foxworth near the end of the third round last year looks like a steal. Foxworth has great athletic talent -- he's fast and very strong for his size. He is also very mature, so he picked up the defense quickly and has represented the Broncos franchise well. Foxworth will compete for a starting spot in 2006 with fellow second-year corner Darrent Williams.

WORST PICK: RB Maurice Clarett (third round, 101st overall): Clarett proved to be a disaster not long after he smiled through his post-draft press conference. He refused to work hard in practice, sat out for much of training camp because of a minor injury and eventually was released without even appearing in a preseason game for the Broncos. Denver overlooked Clarett's controversial past and it cost them a third-round pick.

2005 TOP DRAFT PICKS:
2 (56) Darrent Williams, CB: Williams surprised everyone by starting at cornerback most of his rookie season. He was seen primarily as a return man but will be a part of Denver's defense for a while.

3 (76) Karl Paymah, CB: Paymah has good skills but took a while to adjust last season. The Broncos haven't given up on him.

3 (97) Domonique Foxworth, CB: Foxworth had a very good rookie season, playing a lot on defense and starting at the end of the year when Williams was hurt.

3 (101) Maurice Clarett, RB: One of the worst picks in franchise history.

6 (200) Chris Myers, OL: Myers fits well with what the Broncos want to do on offense, and his versatility means he should be a top backup this year.

7 (239) Paul Ernster, P/K: Has a big leg but struggled as a kickoff specialist and if he can't do that he has nowhere to play as long as Todd Sauerbrun is on the roster.

PLAYER NOTES
--The Broncos have signed defensive end Courtney Brown to a contract extension which will keep the former number one draft pick with the team through the 2009 season.

--Denver made one more major re-signing before free agency begins, locking up left tackle Matt Lepsis to a four-year contract extension. Lepsis would have been coveted on the open market because he has had two very good seasons at left tackle. Houston, which is coached by former Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, would have likely been interested.

With Lepsis back in the fold, the Broncos have their entire starting offensive line back. Center Tom Nalen also could have been a free agent but re-signed with the Broncos shortly after the season ended.

--The Broncos were trying to re-sign defensive tackle Gerard Warren before free agency began. The Broncos like Warren's ability and how he worked in his first season in Denver, and Warren would probably have some suitors in free agency because athletic and effective defensive tackles are hard to find.

Warren has maintained he wanted to stay in Denver, as long as he got a fair deal from the team.

--With tight end Jeb Putzier released, the Broncos might need Wesley Duke to make a leap in his second season. Duke is very raw, having played basketball his entire college career. But he showed signs of potential last season, and caught a touchdown pass at Buffalo.

Duke is going to play in NFL Europe to get some much-needed experience.

--The Broncos will probably make a veteran addition at defensive end to replace Trevor Pryce. The Broncos will search free agency but probably won't draft a defensive lineman in the first round because their two picks -- 22nd and 29th overall -- might be too late to get an end that can play every down as a rookie.

If the Broncos can't find a replacement, veteran Ebenezer Ekuban could take Pryce's place in the starting lineup.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
--LB Keith Burns is Denver's best special teams player, and he should re-sign with the team.

--LB Patrick Chukwurah is an athletic player who can back up at linebacker, play end in pass-rushing situations and will also play special teams, and the team will look into re-signing him.

--RB Ron Dayne fits the Broncos' offense well, he just didn't get many opportunities because Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell were ahead of him. Denver would like him back.

--TE Mike Leach is a solid long-snapper and should be back with the team. --T Matt Lepsis doesn't get a lot of recognition but he is a top left tackle. The Broncos want him back.

--DT Monsanto Pope fell out of favor last season and was inactive most of the year. He could come back and compete for a roster spot in training camp.

--DT Gerard Warren had a good first year in Denver, but will get interest on the open market. The Broncos want him back but Warren's price tag could get high.

--S Chris Young was injured last season, but he was a promising player and could return.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None. EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
--WR Charlie Adams had a decent season as Denver's third receiver and will be back.

--LB Louis Green is a good special teams player who fills a role for the Broncos.

--DT Demetrin Veal had a good season as part of Denver's rotation. He is a good interior pass rusher that the Broncos like.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED
--S Sam Brandon: Potential UFA; terms unknown

--DE John Engelberger: Potential UFA; 3 yrs, $750,000 SB). --OT Matt Lepsis: Potential UFA; 4 yrs.

PLAYERS LOST
--DE Marco Coleman (retired).

--DE Trevor Pryce: Waived

--RB Mike Anderson: Waived

--TE Jeb Putzier: Waived

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.




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