Scouting the 2015 Draft: Cameron Erving

Each draft, it seems like there’s a certain guy who can play any position along the offensive line. Last year it was Zach Martin, who went to Dallas and made the leap to the NFL look easy. He quickly locked down his position, playing right guard. It could have been other slots - he’s that versatile. He reminds me a lot of Cameron Erving.

Given the lack of cohesion along the Broncos line, a man who can move from tackle to center is a very good investment. Erving can, and he's expected to go between rounds two and four, according to Guesstimating in which round a player will go this far before the draft is often a fool’s errand. Even so, from watching film I’d say that this fool thinks he’ll be gone by the end of round two. Erving could be worth a higher or lower draft pick, but it’s a numbers game. There just aren’t that many talented offensive linemen.

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Gino Gradkowski passes physical, finalizing trade to Broncos

Gino Gradkowski passed his physical on Thursday to complete his trade from Baltimore to Denver. The Broncos sent their 2016 fourth-rounder to the Ravens in exchange for Baltimore's fifth-rounder that year.

Broncos agree to one-year deal with Antonio Smith

The Broncos agreed to a one-year deal worth a reported $2M with defensive lineman Antonio Smith (6-3, 290) on Thursday. Smith was cut by Oakland on Tuesday and was reportedly also pursued by Houston, his previous team.

In Denver, Smith will be reunited with Gary Kubiak, Wade Phillips, and line coach Bill Kollar, and figures to rotate in along with Vance Walker and behind starting ends Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson.

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Report: Bears to sign Will Montgomery

A day after the Broncos agreed to acquire Gino Gradkowski to compete at center, former starter Will Montgomery appears headed to Chicago to join John Fox and Adam Gase, according to the Tribune. Along with signing Montgomery, the Bears are expected to release longtime starter Roberto Garza.

Once Montgomery officially leaves, Denver's only remaining unrestricted free agents will be Quinton Carter and Wes Welker. Demaryius Thomas was tendered at the franchise level, while John Youboty was nontendered as an ERFA.

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Denver Broncos 2016 Draft Choice Tracker

Rd Pick Player Pos School Notes
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Broncos acquire guard/center Gino Gradkowski from Ravens

According to multiple reports, the Broncos are set to acquire guard/center Gino Gradkowski (6-3, 300) from the Ravens via trade, pending a physical. The fourth-year player figures to compete for Denver's starting center job; he turned 26 in November.

The Ravens have announced that the trade will include a swap of 2016 draft choices. According to Ed Werder, Denver will send their fourth-rounder and receive Baltimore's fifth-rounder. At first blush, this seems a slightly steep price.

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Broncos, Texans reportedly interested in Antonio Smith, recently of Raiders

According to Jeff Legwold, the Broncos are interested in signing defensive lineman Antonio Smith, who was waived by Oakland on Tuesday. The Texans are reportedly also interested in a reunion with the man lauded for his leadership and known as the Ninja Assassin.

Smith (6-3, 290) has played five seasons in Arizona, five in Houston (under current Broncos defensive line coach Bill Kollar), and one in Oakland. He was due to draw $3.2M in salary plus $800K in roster and workout bonuses this season, and his departure saves the Raiders $4M against their cap.

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PFT: Wes Welker hearing crickets this offseason

No word on Wes Welker as March comes to a close

A recent Denver Post report saying it would be a surprise if the Broncos brought him back is just about the only thing anyone has said about him since free agency started.

There may be some appeal in signing Welker to a nonguaranteed, minimum deal (if he'd take it), but there might be more value for Denver in using that roster spot on developing a younger receiver for the future.

What took them so long?

The AP is examining its use of the Redskins name

However, the Associated Press and its heralded Stylebook would be the biggest blow to the Redskins nickname by far, perhaps more significant than every other individual boycott put together.  You wouldn’t see “Redskins” in any wire report, game recap, news story, or anywhere that runs stories from the Associated Press.  That’s a big deal.

71% of Americans condone racism? Sounds about right.

Report: Broncos to meet with Northwestern QB Trevor Siemian

Denver quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp will dine with Northwestern's Trevor Siemian the night before his April 9 pro day, according to Ian Rapoport. Siemian's senior campaign was cut short by a torn ACL in November. The 6-3, 210-pounder completed 58.9 percent of his passes for the Wildcats, with 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions, and a modest 5.8 adjusted yards per attempt during his time in Evanston.

Behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, Denver has 2013 seventh-rounder Zac Dysert, who was a gameday inactive every week as a rookie and spent 2014 on the practice squad.

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