Denver Broncos 2013 NFL Draft Review

Sylvester Williams

Sylvester Williams is learning and playing well in OTAs but the proof will be in the pudding when he puts the gear on in training camp. He combines good size and quickness for the position. A good effort tackle, he is an impact player who doesn’t catch blocks. He plays with enough leverage to press and collapse the pocket. Williams projects as a three technique one-gap penetrator in a 4-man front. Montee Ball made a positive impression on the Broncos’ brass with his productivity at Wisconsin. The ex-Badger has good vision, patience, and running instincts. A downhill runner, he bounces off tacklers with good contact balance. He sees the cutback running lanes and has good eye/hand coordination to catch the ball out of the backfield. Improvement is needed in his ability to consistently block in pass protection. The NCAA’s all-time one year scoring champ is getting plenty of reps with the release of Willis McGahee. Kayvon Webster has big speed with good short area quickness and good recovery speed. He can turn and burst out of his backpedal. A physical corner, he plays with confidence in press coverage and will compete with 2012 fourth round selection, Omar Bolden, to back up an aging Champ Bailey. He possesses good arm length and strength to jam receivers off the line. Quanterus Smith was one of only five players in the past 15 years to get three sacks versus the Alabama offensive line. The explosive end is a talented pass rusher and proved it against the best offensive line in college football. Before he tore his ACL last November, he was leading the nation in sacks with 12.5. Smith has spent the spring and summer rehabbing his knee, but may be ready by week one. Tavarres King demonstrated in OTAs that he can catch the ball well away from his body. He can set up a defensive back to double move them to separate and get open. He played in more games (56) than any player in Georgia football history. A playmaker that has the speed to get deep, he averaged over 15 yards per catch for four straight years. He projects as a solid backup whose stock arrow is pointing up. One-year starter Vinston Painter will get work behind Orlando Franklin at right tackle. He is a good athlete who started his career as a defensive tackle. He has good foot quickness to mirror, slide, and run a defensive end up the field. Physical in his play, he was our sixth-rated offensive lineman athletically at the Combine. He has smooth feet to the contact point and possesses the natural talent and competitiveness to develop as a swing tackle or guard. Zac Dysert demonstrated his arm strength in rookie mini camp and OTAs, especially on the short passes. He has a tendency to throw high when rolling out which is contrary to what he did at Miami and in the Senior Bowl. He threw the ball well on the run when called upon to run boot and waggle type passes. Dysert still has a tendency to stare down his primary receiver and aim his passes instead of cutting it loose. He is a developmental project. GRADE: AVERAGE.

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