The Denver Broncos are still making roster moves, and still scouting players despite the fact that the team is in the Super Bowl. A couple of weeks ago, we dove into five of the future contracts the Broncos signed players to, a list of intriguing players who will join the team when the new league year begins in March.
The Broncos have made eight more additions to the squad to compete for roster spots next year, and I thought we’d take an in-depth look at some of the prospects and guys who have a chance to be that next diamond in the rough.
Jamar Chaney, LB (27 years old)
Jamar Chaney was a guy coming out of Mississippi State back in 2010 that I really liked. I had him as a top five ILB prospect and he ended up getting drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round. Athletically and physically, Chaney should have been much higher than a seventh rounder, but that physical ability has yet to translate to the NFL field.
The Broncos have a potential opening at inside linebacker, so I love this addition to get some more guys competing. At 6’0″ 246 pounds, Chaney threw up 26 bench reps, ran a 4.56 40, and had a 39-inch vertical jump. He has had some injury problems in his football career, but is one of the more intriguing names added by the Broncos.
Ramon Harewood, OT (26 years old)
Harewood is a guy who actually started some games for the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in 2012, and now he’ll be looking for a jumpstart to his career with the Denver Broncos. A sixth rounder in 2010, Harewood has great size at 6’6″ 330 pounds and could provide the Broncos some more depth at the tackle positions. If his knees can hold up, he’s a capable backup, I think.
Jerrell Harris, LB (24 years old)
Former backup at Alabama who has some intriguing skills, Harris is a guy who will compete for a backup OLB position with the Broncos. He got into the rotation with the National Champion Crimson Tide, but obviously that was an extremely deep group of linebackers. He is athletic enough to stick if he can elevate his game.
Jameson Konz, TE (27 years old)
The former Kent State athlete was drafted in the seventh round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, and couldn’t find a position with the team be it at TE or LB, but he’s a whale of an athlete. At 6’3″ 242 pounds, he posted a 46-inch vertical jump and a 4.41 second 40 yard dash. The Broncos have proven with a guy like Julius Thomas that they can develop athletes and raw football players into solid ones, though the early word on Konz is he has struggled mightily. It’ll be interesting to see how he pans out.
Charles Mitchell, S (24 years old)
Mitchell was a sixth round pick of the Atlanta Falcons back in 2012 and is a good-sized safety prospect with solid athletic ability. He was waived by the Falcons at final cutdowns, but is competing at a position for the Broncos that should have some spots wide open.
Cameron Morrah, TE (26 years old)
At just 26 years old, Morrah has been in the league the longest of any player to sign a future contract for the Broncos in this crop, drafted by the Seahawks in the seventh round back in 2009. Morrah played most recently in 2011 and was cut by the Lions in August of 2013.
Jerome Murphy, CB (27 years old)
Murphy is a former Rams third round pick who also ended up playing for the Washington Redskins. The Broncos had good luck with Kayvon Webster, another South Florida alum, so they are giving Murphy a shot. At 6’0″ 200 pounds, he has good size for a cornerback.
Jerodis Williams, RB (22 years old)
The youngest of the Broncos’ future contracts, Jerodis Williams spent time with the Minnesota Vikings this past year before ending up here with the Broncos. He has return ability as well as some skills out of the backfield, and should be an interesting young player to watch this offseason.