Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos Putting Major Stock Into 2013 Draft Class


The jury is out yet on the Broncos’ 2013 draft class, but it won’t be for much longer.

The Broncos are planning on huge roles for their top three selections in the 2013 draft: defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, running back Montee Ball, and cornerback Kayvon Webster.

This line from ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold really caught my eye about those three specific players, that they were “…three names in particular kept coming up this week at the NFL meetings when the Broncos’ roster builders talked about what’s to come.”

Obviously the decision makers for the Broncos are high on the guys they drafted, but it is going to be critical for these players to take the “leap” as head coach John Fox put it in year two of their young NFL careers.

Montee Ball will be the featured back for the Broncos this year. Kayvon Webster could be the new #2 cornerback playing opposite Aqib Talib. Sylvester Williams could be the Broncos’ starting defensive tackle next to Terrance Knighton.

Those young players are getting set to play huge roles on a team that has Super Bowl aspirations, and it’s going to be fun to see how they respond to it.

With the majority of the Broncos’ 2014 cap space spent on DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, and Emmanuel Sanders, the Broncos now turn their attention to in-house replacements, 2nd tier free agents, and guys like Williams, Ball, and Webster who are in-house options to replace big name players who have left.

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  • Kiyoshi Richards

    I’m sorry but even on his injured acl I still have to think that Chris Harris is better than Keyvon Webster. KVick and pot roast with Von Miller and D ware. Wolf. Man. Williams will get more time if those guys don’t play up to par.

    TJ ward and Rahim Moore will get the back and I’m sure the Draft will be all O line and D backs.

    • JibberJabberer

      Chris Harris IS better – the best slot corner in the game. That’s why Kayvon will start opposite Talib. With so many 3-wide sets because of passing rules, slot corner is basically a starting position anyway, so it will be Talib and Kayvon on the outside, with Harris manning the slot.

      If everything works out the way Elway is hoping it will, I think Denver has Super Bowl written all over it.

    • anon76returns

      For the draft, OLine, DBs, and hopefully one MLB in the first two rounds (Shazier or Mosely if they make it to #31 in the first, otherwise Borland in the 2nd). Given the talent level in this draft, I wouldn’t object to a WR thrown in there as well- say 2 DBs, 2 OL, 1 MLB, 1 WR, and one wildcard (DLine, RB, whatever).

      I do hope Vick comes back strong from his hip, as he and Pot roast might need to keep that rookie MLB clean, especially if the Broncos land Shazier. But the D line talent is so strong (you forgot Jackson, Q Smith, and Unrein), that I hope we continue to have the ability to shuttle them in and out to keep them fresh.

      Not sure on Harris vs. Kayvon. No question Harris will be in the slot for our nickel package (the majority of snaps), the question is if he’ll be riding the pine in our base, or whether he’ll kick over to slot and Kayvon will come in for the nickel. Seems to me Harris has too much talent to have him sit even the relatively few snaps we run out of base defense.