Broncos Update Insider - Saturday, May 27

When the Denver Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil, they ignored measureables and focused on production. Dumervil is only 5-foot-11, short for an end in the NFL. But last season he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the top defensive player in college football.

When the Denver Broncos used a fourth-round pick on Louisville defensive end Elvis Dumervil, they ignored measureables and focused on production.

Dumervil is only 5-foot-11, short for an end in the NFL. But last season he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given to the top defensive player in college football. Dumervil had 20 sacks and set a Division I-A season record by forcing 11 fumbles.

The Broncos feel Dumervil can overcome his lack of height because he has long arms, which help him against larger offensive tackles.

"His arm length is of a guy about 6-4 or 6-5, and that's probably one of the reasons he has had so much success getting to the quarterback," Shanahan said.

If Dumervil can be a productive player as a rookie it will help the Broncos. They released end Trevor Pryce and lost end Marco Coleman to retirement this off-season.

Denver also had some problems sacking the quarterback last year. Dumervil might take some time to adjust to playing the run in the NFL but he can help the Broncos right away in passing situations.

Dumervil, who might be best known as the lineman who had his leg stomped on in the Gator Bowl by Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick, wants to contribute right away.

"I'm just a big momentum guy," Dumervil said. "That is such a great defense that Denver has already, and if I can help in any way, that's just my goal."

NOTES, QUOTES --Javon Walker will wear No. 84 with the Broncos. The number, which Walker wore with the Packers, was taken by tight end Wesley Duke, but Duke gave Walker the number last week.

Duke, a second-year tight end who played in NFL Europe, will wear No. 48.

--Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is one of the most active owners in the NFL, and after the league's spring meetings took place in Denver, Bowlen said he was pleased with the state of the league, a couple months after labor peace was reached.

"We're heading in the right direction, that's for sure," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said. "I think one of the reasons Paul (Tagliabue) is comfortable retiring is he feels the league is in as good of a position as you can get it."

--One rookie who impressed the veterans in the Broncos' off-season camp is receiver Brandon Marshall from Central Florida. Marshall, who is 6-4, 230 pounds, was a fourth-round pick and he has performed well so far.

"Obviously you can prove yourself only so much in practice but he's doing well enough to catch everybody's eye," cornerback Champ Bailey said.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The investigation will go on from here and we'll see what happens." -- Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer on an incident in which a Denver man claimed Plummer kicked his car and backed into it in a road rage incident. Plummer said his car was the one that was hit.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): S Chris Young.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: WR Charlie Adams; LB Louis Green.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: S Sam Brandon; LB Keith Burns; LB Patrick Chukwurah; RB Ron Dayne; DE John Engelberger; LS/TE Mike Leach; OT Matt Lepsis; DT Demetrin Veal; DT Gerard Warren.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: DE Kenard Lang; CB Willie Middlebrooks; WR Javon Walker; LB Nate Webster.
PLAYERS LOST: RB Mike Anderson; DE Marco Coleman; DT Monsanto Pope; DE Trevor Pryce; TE Jeb Putzier.



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