The Denver Broncos finished the 2019 NFL Draft with six draft picks, and are signing a flurry of undrafted players. We track each free agent move.
The 2019 NFL Draft is in the books, and the Denver Broncos made six total selections, four on the first two days.
There’s nothing wrong with taking another look at this awesome class from top to bottom.
1 (20): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
2 (41): Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
2 (42): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
3 (71): Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
5 (156): Justin Hollins, LB, Oregon
6 (187): Juwann Winfree, WR, Colorado
It’s a glorious draft class, but the fun doesn’t end there. The Broncos are working on signing a fairly large undrafted free agent class, and we’re going to keep you up to date on those players as well.
Let’s take a look at all of the reported signings.
1. Ahmad Gooden, DE/EDGE, Samford
Gooden finished his senior season at Samford with 53 career tackles for loss, 23 career sacks, and four forced fumbles. He had 15.5 tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons. His Samford bio lists him at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds.
2. Joe Dineen Jr., LB, Kansas
Joe Dineen Jr. made a few tackles while he was at Kansas. And by a few, I mean 382. He also racked up 42 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and six pass breakups. I’ll be interested to watch some of his game footage to see how he racked up that amount of tackles and didn’t get picked. He had 22 tackles for loss in 2017.
3. Jacob Bobenmoyer, LS, Northern Colorado
The Broncos reportedly were set to sign the long snapper from Air Force but he got drafted in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings. They turn to the UNC kid instead, and he will try to give Pro Bowler Casey Kreiter a run for his money.
4. George Aston, FB, Pittsburgh
This guy is nuts. He’s on record saying he would rather knock a guy out on a crazy block than score a touchdown. The Pitt coaching staff converted this kid to fullback from linebacker. Back in 2016, he had 10 touchdowns on 44 offensive touches, five receiving and five rushing. He will compete with Andy Janovich in this Denver offense which will undoubtedly feature a fullback.
5. Devontae Jackson, RB, West Georgia
Listed at 5-foot-7, 176 pounds, the Denver Broncos get a second Devontae for their running back room. The Division II All-American and 2017 Harlon Hill finalist may be small but man is he quick in the open field. He blew by Division II players but the NFL is a new ballgame. The Broncos have three running backs on the roster now 5-foot-8 or smaller (Phillip Lindsay, Khalfani Muhammad).
6. Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State
This is the most decorated player at the highest level of college football the Broncos signed as an undrafted player. Rypien was a four-year starter at Boise State who grew a lot as a passer over those four years. I wrote a mock draft before the Scouting Combine in which I had the Broncos taking Rypien in round seven, and you can check out my analysis there. I think this is a great pickup for Denver.
7. Brian Wallace, OT, Arkansas
Wallace is a former four-star recruit who wasn’t able to put things together until the very end of his time at Arkansas. He has a massive seven-foot wingspan and all of the physical tools required to play in the NFL. We’ll see what Mike Munchak is capable of here.
8. John Leglue, OL, Tulane
Would you believe me if I told you John Leglue was a team captain for Tulane? The 6-foot-7 senior was a three-year starter and started another game as a redshirt freshman in 2016 before getting signed by the Broncos.
9. Jaylen Johnson, DL, Washington
Jaylen Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 286 pound defensive lineman who saw his most significant action over the last four years in 2018 as a senior, but contributed all throughout his time with the Huskies. He had 12 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks for his career.
10. Austin Fort, TE, Wyoming
Austin Fort is a converted quarterback still getting used to the tight end position, but broke through as a receiver in 2017 with Josh Allen as his quarterback. He caught three touchdown passes that year (all in one game), and followed that up with another touchdown in 2018. He was a team captain in 2018, if you can believe it.
He ran an impressive 4.56 in the 40-yard dash at the Wyoming pro day, and also had a bonkers 6.80 in the three-cone.
11. Trinity Benson, WR, East Central
So this Trinity Benson kid has some pretty incredible athleticism.
Kudos to the Broncos for this find. This guy is 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, and ran a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash with a 40.5 inch vertical jump. This kid can fly.
12. Kelvin McKnight, WR, Samford
Is there something in the water at Samford? This player ran a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash, but don’t be scared off by that — he had a 39.5-inch vertical jump and a 6.98 three-cone drill. Those are top notch numbers. This guy is known for making people miss in the open field.
13. Alijah Holder, CB, Stanford
Holder was a five year player for Stanford who, at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, ran around a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash. He has some explosiveness and short-area quickness, though, and should be able to compete well in a zone defense like the Broncos are running.
14. Josh Watson, LB, Colorado State
Alright everyone, you want an early favorite to surprise and make the team? Here you go. Colorado State’s Josh Watson ran a 4.53 at the CSU pro day, posted a 36-inch vertical, 7.03 in the 3-cone, and had 365 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, 3.5 sacks, and two interceptions in his college career.
You would never guess it, but he was also a team captain this past year at CSU.
15. Malik Reed, EDGE, Nevada
This guy is a standout on tape, and if you can believe it, he was a captain at Nevada. Malik Reed checked in under 6-foot-2, 234 pounds at the Nevada pro day and ran a 4.8. Those are the contributing factors to his being an undrafted player.
However…he racked up 203 total tackles, 38.5 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, and 11 forced fumbles during his career with the Wolfpack. Three years in a row this guy was an All-Mountain West selection.
He can play special teams and he can rush the passer. The Broncos are going to like this kid a lot.
16. Quinn Bailey, OL, Arizona State
Former teammate of Sam Jones, a sixth-round pick of the Broncos’ last year, can play guard or tackle and did throughout his time at Arizona State. He most recently was their starting right tackle. At 6-foot-7, 323 pounds, he’s a really big dude.
17. Romell Guerrier, WR, Florida Tech
The Broncos really dug deep for some of these UDFA sleeper receivers. Florida Tech? How about that. This kid was really productive and looks fast in some of the highlights I saw, but I’m having trouble tracking down hard numbers from his pro day.
18. Ryan Crozier, C, UConn
When healthy, Crozier is a productive center. He had two season-ending injuries at UConn, however, likely the great contributing factors to his going undrafted.
He helped pave the way this past season for two 1,000 yard rushers (one being the quarterback) and will get a great opportunity in Denver to compete for a depth spot.