Earlier this week, the Denver Broncos signed 13 undrafted free agents to their roster. While maybe only one or two will make this year’s squad (an undrafted rookie has made the Broncos roster for eight straight seasons) it’s worth taking a look at each player a little more in depth.
The Broncos signed six players on offense, six players on defense, and one special teams player. Let’s have a look.
LB Steven Johnson (Kansas)
Nothing has come easy for Johnson in his football career. He walked on at Kansas and worked his way into being the Big 12′s leading tackler and a team captain his senior year. The 6’1″, 239-pound outside linebacker ran a 4.71 at his Pro Day. May have some trouble getting off of offensive linemen who outweigh him by 50+ pounds.
LB Jerry Franklin (Arkansas)
Franklin is a good middle linebacker that can hold his own in coverage and provide good run support. He ran a 4.63 40-yard dash at his Pro Day and was named second-team All-SEC. Had 13 tackles for a loss last season.
LB Elliot Coffey (Baylor)
Coffey got all Big-12 honorable mention for his 2011 season at Baylor, and he was the Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP. He led the team with 114 tackles. He’s coming off of shoulder surgery and did not participate at the Combine or at Baylor’s Pro Day.
DE Jamie Blatnick (Oklahoma State)
The 6’3″, 265-pound defensive end finished his career as a Cowboy with 118 tackles (24 for a loss), and 16 sacks. Blatnick ran a 4.90 40-yard dash at the combine and he’s a strong guy to have on the line.
S Duke Ihenacho (San Jose Sate)
Ihenacho was a big hitting safety and made the all-WAC team as a sophomore. He missed the entire 2010 season with a broken foot, but he bounced back in 2011. He ended his career at San Jose State with 268 tackles (15 tackles for a loss), 7 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and two defensive touchdowns.
CB Coryell Judie (Texas A&M)
The 5’11″, 190-pound corner had shoulder surgery after the 2010 season and played in seven games in 2011. He’s not a huge numbers guy finishing his career with just 79 tackles and 4 interceptions, but he’s can be a contributor in the kick return game. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2010.
OT Mike Remmers (Oregon State)
He started his career as a walk-on at Oregon State, but he finished 6th in school history in number of starts (44). At 6’5″, 303 pounds, Remmer put up a good 40 time at his Pro Day running it in 5.14 seconds.
G Austin Wuebbels (Missouri)
Things really picked up for him in 2010 which was his first year as a starter for the Tigers. He earned All-Big 12 honors that season.
G Wayne Tribue (Temple)
This is a good guy on and off the field. On, he earned All-Mid American Conference honors in 2011. Off, he earned the Temple Teammates Community Service award.
WR Gerell Robinson (Arizona State)
Former ASU teammates Robinson and Brock Osweiler have been working out in Arizona together. During their time together, they connected on 77 receptions for 1,397 yards, and seven touchdowns. Robinson had 135 receptions and 12 TDs in 47 games at ASU. Having his former QB on the roster with him certainly helps his case.
WR Eric Page (Toledo)
The 5’9″, 185-pound receiver is a good guy for the slot, but if he makes the team, his primary duty will likely be returning kicks. He was the last undrafted rookie the team signed.
TE Anthony Miller (California)
Rough team to compete for a spot at tight end, but Miller had 64 receptions for 774 yards, and five touchdown catches with the Golden Bears.
LS Aaron Brewer (San Diego State)
Making an NFL team as an undrafted rookie long snapper is very difficult to do, but then again, long snappers have to be very cerebral. Lonie Paxton is getting up there in age so consider this the ultimate audition for Brewer. Perhaps a couple of years down the road, Brewer could be filling Paxton’s shoes.
If nothing else, these 13 hungry guys will provide more competition for the rest of the Broncos roster. Any veteran or recently draft player could be knocked off the block with these 13 on board.