Denver Broncos claim Jimmy Bean: College highlights

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 8: Quarterback Jordan Webb
STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 8: Quarterback Jordan Webb /

The Denver Broncos claimed DE Jimmy Bean off waivers from the Oakland Raiders. Here are some of his college highlights and notes…

The Denver Broncos made a roster move on Friday, claiming defensive end Jimmy Bean off of waivers from the Oakland Raiders. In a corresponding move, the Broncos let go of cornerback Dontrell Nelson, an undrafted free agent cornerback out of Memphis.

The move to add Bean is an interesting one for the Broncos, who also recently claimed running back Boom Williams off of waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Broncos wanted to get these players some knowledge of their system, which leads me to believe they may want these two guys on their practice squad when those lists are assembled next week.

The Broncos will ultimately have to get their roster down to 53 players next weekend, and it would be a shocker if Bean were on that final roster.

That’s not a slight to Bean, but at this point in the process, unless you are an established veteran player in the NFL, absolutely nothing is guaranteed.

That said, I mention Bean as a strong practice squad candidate, and I think he is just that.

At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Bean has ideal size to play base defensive end in a four-man front, and he’s also got the size to hold up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive alignment.

He’s also coming over from the Oakland Raiders, where he spent all of last season on the practice squad. I wonder if he ever posed as Von Miller in a practice on the scout team…

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Bean was on his way to a big season through eight games of his final year at Oklahoma State in 2015 before an ACL injury abruptly ended it. He had notched 5.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss before his injury, and that ultimately prevented him from doing much at the 2016 Scouting Combine or Oklahoma State pro day.

Looking at some of these plays by Bean, it’s clear that he has some skill. The Broncos have made a habit of developing players with solid physical attributes, especially on the practice squad, but it’s more about a willingness to develop technique and grow in that regard.

Bean just spent a year learning with Jack Del Rio and his star edge defender Khalil Mack. Perhaps this season, he’ll get a chance to spend a year learning from Von Miller, Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett, and others as he continues his development as an NFL player.

Hopefully in the fourth preseason game against Arizona, he’ll get a chance to show what he can do in terms of getting pressure on the quarterback as well.