Broncos Take DE Quanterus Smith In Fifth Round of 2013 Draft


Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defensive lineman Quanterus Smith (93) in a game against the Florida International Golden Panthers at FIU Stadium. Western Kentucky defeated FIU 14-6. (Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports)

The Denver Broncos selected defensive end Quanterus Smith out of Western Kentucky with their fifth round pick (146 overall). Smith tore his ACL in late November, but the Broncos were impressed enough with his pass rushing ability that they snagged him with their first pick on day three of the draft.

 

Smith is an aggressive pass rusher. He had 12 sacks in 2012 with three coming against Alabama and five sacks coming against Florida International.

“If you have some edge ability and you’re a little raw that’s the kind of guy they want to develop right there.” — Mike Mayock

The 6-5, 250-pound end led the nation in sacks before he tore his ACL. He was so relentless in the pass rush that despite the injury, he still led the FBS in sacks per game (1.25).

Perhaps Von Miller and Smith will be the new Batman and Robin for this Broncos team.

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