Though the 2021 NFL Draft is now complete, players who were not selected can still find a way onto a team.
Each year after the selection process, teams contact players who were not drafted to add more options to their roster, which balloons up to 90 players before training camp starts.
The undrafted free-agent process is not to be scoffed at, either. The Denver Broncos have historically been great at finding hidden gems this way and it seems like every year, at least one undrafted player makes the final roster in Denver.
Players such as Rod Smith, Chris Harris, Shaq Barrett, C.J. Anderson and Phillip Lindsay all went undrafted. Last year, undrafted free agent Essang Bassey made the final roster.
Here are the players the Broncos have signed since the draft ended. In the coming weeks, I will be doing individual spotlights on each of these players in order to help familiarize fans with players who could be part of the team’s long-term future.
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Andre Mintze, DE, Vanderbilt
Nolan Laufeberg, G, Air Force
Adam Prentice, FB, South Carolina
Warren Jackson, WR, Colorado State
Branden Mack, WR, Temple
DeVontres Dukes, WR, South Florida
David Curry, LB, Georgia Tech
Curtis Robinson, LB, Stanford
Drew Himmelman, OL, Illinois State
Mac McCain, CB, North Carolina A&T
Shaun Beyer, TE, Iowa
Mike Klis of 9News revealed that the Broncos have signed Mintze to a contract worth $85,000, much more than is typically given to an undrafted player, so it seems the team has plans for him in some capacity.
Another player fans will likely keep close tabs on is Jackson, a wide receiver with local ties at CSU. Though he opted out of the 2020 season, he has great size at 6-foot-6 and should get a chance to contribute and should at the very least be placed on the team’s practice squad.
There will be more on each of these players to come, but for now, let’s welcome each of them to Broncos Country.