The Denver Broncos signed fifth round pick defensive end Quanterus Smith on Friday. Surely, Smith is happy with the official deal, but he’s not happy that he can’t be out on the field with the rest of the rookies practicing during minicamp.
The 6-5, 250-pound end out of Western Kentucky tore his ACL last November.
“I’ll be ready to go by training camp. I’ll be full by training camp,” Smith reassured everyone.
Smith started running right after the combine. “I’ve been doing agility drills and all that stuff previously before I came up here.”
Before he hurt his knee, he had 12 sacks with three coming against Alabama and five coming against Florida International. Those performances combined with the knee injury positioned him to be picked in the fifth round.
“With me having the ACL, I couldn’t do the postseason stuff, so that Alabama game helped out a lot.”
Even though Smith can’t participate in minicamp, he’s still working hard. He’s knows that overall, things will just take time.
“I feel good about everything,” Smith said. “The combine, the re-check, they said my knee looked good itself. But all the drills I’ve been doing, I felt good in them. Stuff like that. So I feel good about it, it will just take time. So I’m just waiting on time.”