Denver Broncos announce 2017 undrafted free agent class

Sayre Bedinger
Dec 27, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Baylor Bears defensive back Patrick Levels (21) and safety Orion Stewart (28) against the Boise State Broncos during the Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. Baylor defeated Boise State 31-12. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Baylor Bears defensive back Patrick Levels (21) and safety Orion Stewart (28) against the Boise State Broncos during the Cactus Bowl at Chase Field. Baylor defeated Boise State 31-12. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Denver Broncos selected eight players in the 2017 NFL Draft, and made some more dreams come true for these undrafted free agent pickups…

Sep 17, 2016; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Josh Banderas (52) tackles Oregon Ducks running back Kani Benoit (29) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 35-32. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2016; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Josh Banderas (52) tackles Oregon Ducks running back Kani Benoit (29) in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska won 35-32. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports /

Not every player gets to hear their name called during the NFL Draft, but the Denver Broncos have a rich history of making undrafted free agents successful early on in their careers. In fact, the Denver Broncos currently have 30 college free agents on their roster, though not all were originally signed by the Broncos coming out of their draft experience.

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In 12 of the last 13 seasons, an undrafted player has made the Denver Broncos’ opening-day roster. There are a wide range of key contributors for the Broncos who weren’t selected in the NFL Draft, including arguably the best (in our eyes, he’s the best) cornerback in the NFL, Chris Harris Jr.

Other undrafted players include the top three players on the Broncos’ roster (currently) alphabetically in C.J. Anderson, Zaire Anderson, and Shaquil Barrett.

With the roster as deep as it is, will another player find their way onto the roster and convince the coaches they are indispensable? Here are the players that have been signed by the Denver Broncos as undrafted free agents…

The Broncos began their rookie minicamp on Thursday, where each one of these players experienced orientation on and off the field. That rookie minicamp runs through Sunday.

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