The Denver Broncos filled out their 53-man roster by signing OG Robert Myers off of the Baltimore Ravens practice squad…
The Broncos have been slowly but surely collecting offensive linemen to compete for roster spots next season…
Robert Myers, a projected 5th round-UDFA prospect from this past year’s draft was acquired off of the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad, and joins the Broncos’ 53-man roster.
Myers, a 6-5 325 pound mammoth from Tennessee State, was considered one of the better small school prospects coming out this past season. Scouts lauded his ability to pull and play in a variety of schemes with his athletic ability, but some questioned not only the level of competition he played against, but his functional strength moving into the NFL.
That would explain why, as a 5th round pick, the Ravens opted to stash him on the practice squad. The Broncos clearly felt highly enough about him and what their scouting department was saying that they felt he would be a good pickup for their current roster as well as the team moving forward.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had this to say about Myers:
“Myers is already above average from a technical standpoint and is a quick processor when the game speeds up. Myers is a guard prospect who can pull and play in a power scheme. He has the pass protection traits of an NFL starter. The ceiling is higher for Myers than many guard prospects in this draft, and with more coaching and work in the weight room, he should be an NFL starter.”
I don’t know what you take from that, but for a late-season pickup off of some team’s practice squad, that sounds pretty good to me. The Broncos certainly need some depth on the offensive line, and John Elway has been doing his best to collect talent.
It has become apparent in the second half of this season that Michael Schofield is not the answer at right tackle but perhaps he could work better in a phone booth, but Elway used a third round pick on him and then followed it up in the 2014 draft by selecting Matt Paradis in the 6th round. Paradis is now the team’s starting center and has done a great job this season.
The Broncos used a pair of picks in this past year’s draft on offensive linemen — Ty Sambrailo (2nd), Max Garcia (4th), and have also been collecting players throughout this year that have some upside including the rookie Myers (5th round, Ravens), James Ferentz (2nd season), Sam Brenner (3rd season), as well as rookie UDFAs Kyle Roberts, Dillon Day, and Cameron Jefferson on the practice squad.
With Ryan Clady and Ty Sambrailo coming back off of injured reserve this next offseason, there figures to be plenty of intrigue and competition on the offensive line as well as some likely new additions up front from Elway and company. Myers is just another piece of the puzzle.