Broncos sign 15 undrafted college players
AP Sports Writer
DENVER, Colorado ” The Denver Broncos, who failed to fortify their front seven in the draft, signed two players on Monday who went undrafted but could help beef up the team’s biggest deficiency.
Among 15 college free agents the team signed are defensive tackle Chris Baker, who transferred to Hampton after playing at Penn State, and outside linebacker Lee Robinson of Alcorn State.
Both were highly regarded despite coming from small schools and were expected to be drafted Sunday.
The Broncos used just one of their 10 draft picks on defensive front seven help, selecting pass-rusher Robert Ayers of Tennessee with their second pick of the first round, No. 18 overall.
New coach Josh McDaniels said he didn’t find the value in defensive linemen and outside linebackers in the draft at the spots the Broncos were selecting, so he ended up with six picks on offense and three in his secondary, where he had already signed three starters in free agency.
Asked if there were players on the board who were better than what he already had on his roster, McDaniels said: “Very rarely. I don’t think this was a very deep draft in terms of players that would fit our system in those areas. … There may have been a few times where there was a discussion had, but we’re not looking to draft players to cut them, I know that. And we’re certainly not looking to draft players early and cut them.”
He said, however, that he wasn’t necessarily standing pat with his front seven, saying he’d scour the undrafted college free agents and, later on, the waiver wire.
Baker, who packs 326 pounds onto his 6-foot-2 frame, had 69 tackles and 81/2 sacks last season in his only season at Hampton after transferring from Penn State, where he started as a sophomore in 2007.
Robinson (6-3, 245) totaled 334 tackles in four seasons at Alcorn State, including 111 as a senior.
The Broncos also signed: tight end Marquez Branson of Central Arkansas; tackle Stanley Bryant of East Carolina; cornerbacks Tony Carter of Florida State and D.J. Johnson of Jackson State; punter Britton Colquitt of Tennessee; defensive ends Rulon Davis of Cal and Everette Pedescleaux of Northern Iowa; tackle Marcus Gordon of Kentucky State; running back Kestahn Moore of Florida; and wide receivers David Grimes of Notre Dame, Travis Shelton of Temple, Nate Swift of Nebraska and Lucas Taylor of Tennessee.
The signings bring to 41 the number of new players McDaniels has brought in since replacing Mike Shanahan as coach three months ago: a league-high 16 veteran free agents, 10 draft picks and 15 undrafted college players.