Broncos Putting Major Stock Into 2013 Draft Class


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

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.