Denver Broncos: 7 players most likely to steal roster spots

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Denver Broncos, Andre Mintze
Oct 12, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; UNLV Rebels running back Charles Williams (8) is tackled by Vanderbilt Commodores linebacker Andre Mintze (48) during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

Andre Mintze and Jonathon Cooper, linebackers

This is another spot where it’s clear who the starters are going to be, but there is plenty to be decided at the depth spots behind them.

Von Miller and Bradley Chubb make for one of the league’s better duos, but injuries have hampered them in each of the last two seasons.

Malik Reed has been excellent after joining the team as an undrafted player a couple of seasons ago. But behind him, there’s plenty to be decided. Two rookies could come out of nowhere and earn roster spots.

Andre Mintze should be one of the best undrafted players on the team this year and the Broncos have a well-known history of undrafted players making the team. Mintze had some big moments in college at Vanderbilt and could thrive in a defense led by  Vic Fangio.

Similarly, seventh-round pick Jonathon Cooper, who could also be a  defensive end, projects best as an outside edge rusher and could really prove to be one of the better value picks in this draft.

The guys in front of these two rookies are Natrez Patrick, Derrek Tuszka and Pita Taumopenu. None of those names jump off the page and each of them have every bit as much to prove as Mintze and Cooper.

Patrick will be a player to watch as the Broncos jumped on him via waivers when he was released by the Los Angeles Rams, but between Mintze and Cooper, at least one of them should have a solid chance to make the team.