New Bronco defensive tackle Sylvester Williams was featured on ESPN’s Sports Science on April 19.
Host John Brenkus called Williams, “One of the most explosive players we analyzed this year.”
Watch the full video below:
For the past two months, DenverBroncos.com has taken a look at every position group leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft. From closer looks at top prospects in preview pieces to in-depth features, photo galleries, Combine interviews and video resumes, there’s extensive coverage of every position.
Andrew Mason has also evaluated each of the position groups player-by-player on the Broncos’ current roster, and touched on which prospects could fit in orange and blue.
Here is a look at the position-by-position recaps — click on the positions for all of the content.
With the Chiefs set to go on the clock to kick off the 2013 NFL Draft tonight, here is a look at the final position preview from DenverBroncos.com – running backs.
2013 NFL Draft Preview: Running Backs
A look at some of the top running back prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Broncos Draft Prospects: Running Back
How does the 2013 running back class shape up, and which prospects could fit in Denver?
Broncos Position Breakdown: Running Back
The Broncos have the luxury of multiple talented running backs currently on the roster.
Broncos Draft History: Running Backs
A look back at running backs the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft.
When Knowshon Moreno reeled off back-to-back 100-yard games against the Raiders and Ravens last December, it seemed that Willis McGahee, a Pro Bowler just a year earlier, had become a forgotten man among observers while he recovered from a knee injury suffered in a Week 11 win over San Diego.
But in the Broncos’ offices, McGahee was very much in their plans. Had Denver defeated Baltimore in the divisional round, McGahee would have been eligible to come off of injured reserve the following week, having received the one designated-to-return exemption teams were allowed last year. And even though Moreno answered questions about his durability and consistency in his six-game starting stint, he hobbled off the field in the playoff loss with an knee injury.
McGahee never had the chance to return, but as the Broncos look at their pre-draft roster, the 31-year-old running back has a prominent place.
“Well, with where we are right now, with (Willis) McGahee, he is that big back for us right now,” Elway said. “But, I think that if you look at what we have with Ronnie Hillman, he is that 190-pounder, that change-of-pace-type guy.”
On Tuesday, punter Britton Colquitt signed his restricted free agent tender.
The fifth-year punter is the franchise career leader in gross and net punting average with a minimum of 100 punts.
In 2012, he set a new franchise record with a 42.1 net punting average, which ranked third in the NFL. He also held opponents to an average of just 6 return yards, which ranked second in the league.
For his career, Colquitt has played in 48 regular-season games and punted 254 times for 11,717 yards (46.1 avg.) with 18 touchbacks and 79 kicks placed inside the 20 (39.5 net). In three career playoff contests, he has punted 16 times for 680 yards (42.5 avg.) with zero touchbacks and five kicks placed inside the 20 (39.4 avg.).
Last week, Andrew Mason wrote that Colquitt is a crucial part of a special teams unit that one could argue is near the top of the entire league.
As we enter the Week of the 2013 NFL Draft, DenverBroncos.com is continuing to preview prospects at each position.
This week, we took a look at tight ends and specialists. Next week we’ll finish with the running backs before the draft begins on Thursday.
Below is a recap of the content posted this week to fill you in on some of the specialists0 that are available in the draft this year:
Broncos Draft Prospects: Specialists
A look at whether any specialists could be on the Broncos’ radar come draft weekend.
Broncos Position Breakdown: Specialists
Andrew Mason writes that the Broncos are close to claiming the league’s best special-teams unit.
Broncos Draft History: Specialists
A look back at kickers and punters the Broncos have drafted.
With the 2013 NFL Draft set to kick off next Thursday, DenverBroncos.com is nearing the finish of our week-by-week look at prospects at each of the positions.
This week, we focused on tight ends.
Below is a recap of the content posted this week to fill you in on the tight ends that are available in the draft this year:
2013 NFL Draft Preview: Tight Ends
A look at the top tight end prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Broncos Position Breakdown: Tight End
Andrew Mason looks at the Broncos’ tight end position, bolstered by last offseason’s additions of Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen.
Broncos Draft Prospects: Tight End
Andrew Mason breaks down the tight end position in the 2013 NFL Draft, including which players could fit in Denver.
Broncos Draft History: Tight Ends
A look back at tight ends the Broncos have selected in the NFL Draft.
Position Switch Pays Off for Florida’s Reed
After moving from quarterback to tight end, Florida’s Jordan Reed finds himself a coveted NFL prospect.
1. An “easy” schedule? Let’s elaborate …
By 2012 winning percentages, the Broncos have the easiest schedule. That’s because the Broncos are in the division with the worst collective record in 2012 (26-38) — and, of course, aren’t boosted by playing themselves, so their division foes were a combined 13-35 — and the AFC West is partnered for inter-division play with two of the three other divisions that finished below .500 last year (AFC South, NFC East). In 2014, the Broncos are paired with the AFC East and NFC West, so don’t expect any “easy” headlines when next year’s slate is revealed.
2. Young QBs, coveted QBs.
Denver will have its hands full in Weeks 7 and 8, facing the top two picks in the 2012 draft in consecutive weeks — Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Washington’s Robert Griffin III. Luck and the Colts are also one of five opponents who are slated to start a No. 1 overall pick at quarterback against the Broncos; Denver also faces the Giants’ Eli Manning (2004) in Week 2, Philadelphia’s Michael Vick (2004) in Week 4 and Kansas City’s Alex Smith (2005) in Weeks 11 and 13.
In 2011, Shannon Sharpe did it. In 2012, it was Terrell Davis.
Now, for the 2013 NFL Draft, it’s Randy Gradishar’s turn.
On Friday, April 26, Gradishar will announce the Broncos’ second- and third-round picks live from Radio City Music Hall. The Broncos Ring of Famer was selected as one of 32 “NFL Greats” to participate in the draft — continuing the program that began in 2011.
This year’s class of 32 players includes six Pro Football Hall of Famers, and many argue that Gradishar should be in Canton sooner rather than later.
Here are just a handful of notes on one of the key pieces of the Orange Crush defense, compiled by Erich Schubert:
In 145 career regular-season contests (134 starts) over 10 seasons, Gradishar totaled 2,049 tackles—an average of 205 tackles per season—and set a franchise record by leading the club in that category for nine consecutive years (1975-83). He also accounted for 33 turnovers (20 INTs, 13 FR) during his career to tie for the fourth most by an NFL linebacker during that span.
In addition to his seven Pro Bowl selections, Gradishar is the only Bronco to be named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, earning the honor in 1978 after accumulating 286 tackles (190 solo), four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He helped the franchise make its first four playoff appearances (1977-79, ’83) while leading Denver to consecutive division titles (1977-78) and an appearance in Super Bowl XII during the 1977 season.
Currently a Senior Committee candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Gradishar was a finalist for the Hall of Fame in 2003 and ’08 and a semifinalist from 2005-07. During his 10-year career, his seven Pro Bowls were surpassed only by Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert.
Additionally, his 145 consecutive regular-season games played from 1974-83 were matched only by Hall of Fame linebacker Ted Hendricks.