Denver Broncos 2012 Draft Analysis part 3 – Undrafted College Free Agents


Denver signed 13 undrafted free agents just after the 2012 NFL draft finished.

 

Steven Johnson (Kansas) and Elliot Coffey (Baylor) are two linebackers of whom I didn’t watch any video before the draft and I wasn’t able to find any video after they signed with Denver.

Steven Johnson is a n OLB and played in the East – West Shrine game and shows his athletic skills at the combine. He had a great story too and is a guy who makes of his work ethic his best asset. He was projected to be drafted between the 6th and the 7th rounds, for what is worth. What is important to understand from his signing is that Denver FO is rolling the dices on big effort players. He was the Big 12 tackles leader in 2011, as redshirted senior, his only full year as a starter. He will bring competition at the outside linebacker position, leadership and absolute effort.

Elliot Coffey is a MLB and also was the defensive leader of his team and was also named defensive MVP of his Bowl. He was projected to go undrafted and so now he’ll bring his effort, leadership and abilities to Denver training camp.

The big surprise of the Broncos college free agents is Jerry Franklin: I mean surprise because he was projected to go as high as the 4th round some weeks before the draft.

Franklin is a MLB and played for Arkansas in the SEC. This guy has range to drop in coverage and like to hit hard at the LOS. I don’t know the reason why his stock fell in the days prior to the draft but, at the end of the day, could be great news for the Broncos and for him. The knock of him has been not being a hard hitter. He’s fast but has problem pursuing. I think that this trio of linebackers has been brought in by Del Rio to provide side to side speed. Nate Irving almost didn’t play in 2011 and Mike Mohamed neither. There will be an angry fight for linebacker roster spots in this year Broncos camp and even if I do think that our FO won’t cut a 3rd rounder, for sure our coaches will want to see immediate improvements. Don’t be surprised if some of these players end up this year in the practice squad (1 or 2 I’ll say) since the importance Del Rio gives to the linebacker unit.

Wayne Tribue (Temple) and Austin Wuebbels (Missouri) are a couple of Offensive Guards Denver has signed.

Wuebbels is one of the few prospects, comparing with other teams that the Broncos brought in for a visit during the pre-draft period. He started at both right and left guard. The knock on him is that he has to do a far better job positioning his hands and have a better footwork.

Tribue is a huge man at 6-3, 329 lbs and some professional analysts are saying that he was a way underrated prospect at Guard.

For what is worth I guess that both of then will fight for a roster spot since Denver was incredibly thin at the position.

Another Olineman that the Broncos signed as Undrafted Free Agent is former Oregon State Tackle Mike Remmers. Remmers has experience playing both RT and LT. He is another former Walk On that started three years and which draft stock fall on a cliff due to the difficult year Oregon State had. He will provide competition in Denver training camp.

In Anthony Miller Denver signed a TE out of California that has the body measurement to be a great blocker but has some technique deficiencies. He also has the speed and agility to be a great short area pass catcher but he’s dropping way too balls. I think he’ll compete in training camp for the Halfback position with Virgil Green and Dreessen.

Denver signed WR Gerell Robinson from Arkansas State. He was the main target of Osweiler and at 6-3, 227 he is a big receiver with good speed for his size. He was productive only in his senior season and that’s the reason why he went undrafted, together with some concentration issue that led to some drops. I hope he could show up well in training camp  for at least gaining a practice squad spot because his size is off the chart and I saw some video on him from which it’s possible to see that this guy has all the tool to be a good NFL receiver in a couple of years.

On the other side of the ball, the Broncos signed S Duke Ihenacho from San Jose State. Inehacho is a former CB that played his senior year at SS. He was projected to be selected as high as the 4th round so could be a nice finding for the Broncos although again Denver is really young at both safety position and I forecast a furious roster spot battle between all the young safeties on Denver roster with Adams probably already placed himself at the FS position.

Jamie Blatnick is a DE from Oklahoma State. He was projected to be drafted as high as the 5th round before the Draft. He had a really productive career at the college level but probably scouts didn’t see enough initial burst and quickness to be a solid DE or covering skill to be transformed in a productive 3-4OLB in the NFL. Anyhow has enough skill to cover TE until the linebacker lines but not upfield. He could be an interesting player to watch in training camp because he could push for a roster spot both at DE and SOLB, competing with 2011 7th round pick Jeremy Beal.

Coryell Judie, CB (Texas A&M) and Eric Paige, WR (Toledo) will compete mainly for the returning game. Anyhow both prospects could develop in solid pro at their respective position.

Eric Paige has been outstanding at Toledo and his knock is height (5-9) and the fact that is clock speed is slowest than his game speed. I’m really exited about this addition. This guy is slippery and knows how to run routes. He could very well develop in a great slot receiver.

Coryell Judie could have less upside at CB but was projected to be drafted as high as in the 5th round because his exceptional skills at returner. He is really athletic and has a thick frame. His speed is one of his best assets.

Denver added also Aaron Brewer from San Diego State to compete for the Long Snapper roster spot with incumbent veteran Lonie Paxton. Brewer has been long snapper for the past 4 years at San Diego state and the Broncos are bringing him in to challenge Paxton and his million of dollar salary. If at training camp they’re close, Paxton will be gone.

 

I think that the positions distribution of this college free agent is really interesting and basically provide competition at any roster position. Denver scouts and FO did a great job finding players that could be brought to camp and have the skills to challenge incumbent players.

 

I know that since 7 years one college free agent is part of the Broncos 53 men roster, but that is not the point of this post. This post is meant to complete the overall analysis of Denver selections in the 2012 NFL draft and is willing to show how Denver FO really followed a plan in which a better competition and depth was the ultimate goal for the Broncos. I think that Denver organization succeeded and I’m very exited about next august training camp.

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