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 walterfootball.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We tend not to put much stock into strength of schedule based upon prior seasons. But it's a figure we all get bludgeoned with throughout the year, so it's pretty much impossible to ignore completely. Anyway, here goes:
Denver's 2015 strength of schedule as measured by opponents' winning percentages is .541, which is the 10th highest figure in the league.
Demaryius Thomas says he won't be joining Peyton Manning at his annual Duke workouts, or participate in the Broncos' offseason workout program. Denver's top wideout tells Jeff Legwold he hopes to secure a long-term deal, adding about his health,
I'm getting getting my body right, still working through a little soreness in my Achilles, but I could run routes