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Scouting the 2013 Draft: Offensive Tackles, Part 5

Here are our previous columns on tackle prospects:

We'll limited today’s batch to two players because each has an unusual aspect to his story. Dallas Thomas of Tennessee is talented and position-versatile, but he’s been off the radar with a torn labrum which prevented him from participating in combine drills and tests.

FSU prospect Menelik Watson’s journey is a remarkable story, and he’s showing the potential to be just as remarkable a player.

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Denver Broncos 2013 draft choice tracker

Rd Pick Player Pos School Links/Notes
1 28 Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina NFLCBS, IAOFM, GR, CTF
2 26 (58) Montee Ball RB Wisconsin NFL, CBS, IAOFM, GR
3 28 (90) Kayvon Webster CB South Florida NFL, CBS, IAOFMGR
5 13 (146) Quanterus Smith DE W. Kentucky NFL, CBS, IAOFM, GR; via GB
5 28 (161) Tavarres King WR Georgia NFL, CBS, IAOFMGR
6 5 (173) Vinston Painter T Virginia Tech NFL, CBS, visit, GR; via GB
7 28 (234) Zac Dysert QB Miami (OH) NFL, CBS, visit, IAOFM, GR

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Clark signs RFA tender; Arizona QB Scott visiting; Manning throws to Welker, Thomas, Decker

A trio of news items on the Broncos:

First, reserve tackle Chris Clark has followed running back Lance Ball in signing his restricted tender, leaving Britton Colquitt as the only RFA-tendered player yet to sign. Ball signed his tender on Monday, and Clark will likewise be paid $1.323M if he makes the final roster, but receives no guarantees. If he fails to make the team, Denver will suffer no cap penalties.

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Fat Camp: Expanding on the matchup safety idea

Happy Wednesday, friends.  I’m about to enter a period of personal radio silence, as I hit crunch time in studying for the most extensive and difficult section of the CPA exam, Financial Accounting and Reporting.

Since I’ll mostly be offline for the next week, I wanted to leave y’all a little sump’m sump’m to hold you over.  Once I’m past this part of the test, I’ll be back with some stuff about defensive backs in the draft class, and then kickers and punters.  Then, a few days before the 2013 Draft, I’ll be coming with my fourth annual Rational Actor Mock Draft.

Today, I want to expand upon the article I wrote on Monday, particularly after Greg Cosell’s well-timed piece that was linked in yesterday’s Lard.  I really liked Cosell’s comparison of the emerging need for what I call a matchup safety to how the need emerged (and was gradually filled) for quality slot cornerbacks a decade ago.

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Broncos attending special workout for Oregon safety John Boyett

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos will be represented at a special workout for Oregon safety John Boyett on Wednesday. According to the Sac Bee, scouts from a dozen or so teams will be in attendance, including the Raiders and 49ers.

Boyett was lost for most of his senior season after undergoing surgery to repair partially torn patellar tendons in both knees last fall.

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Scouting the 2013 Draft: Offensive Tackles, Part 4

Here are our previous columns on tackle prospects:

Today we'll discuss another trio of prospects: Lane Johnson of Oklahoma, Xavier Nixon out of Florida, and Justin Pugh from Syracuse.

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Denver Broncos 2013 pre-draft meeting, visit tracker

As the 2013 Draft approaches, word is slipping out regarding the Broncos' prospect visits and workouts. We'll be updating this post regularly to reflect reported interest, trying as always to filter out unsubstantiated rumor. We've also added Shrine Game and Senior Bowl meetings via Walter Football, and draft profiles for each player from NFL.com and CBS Sports where applicable.

Of course, much of this activity could be pure smokescreen on the team's part, but more information can never hurt, right? If you happen to see any names go across that we don't have listed here, please send us an email with the corroborating link.

Updated 4/20/13 5:10pm ET

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Klis: Broncos hosting QB Zac Dysert

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos are meeting today with Miami of Ohio QB Zac Dysert in preparation for the upcoming draft.

Dysert (pronounced DAHY-surt) was a four-year starter for the Redhawks, completing 63.8% of his throws for 6.7 adjusted yards per attempt and a 132.4 QB rating.

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Banging the table for the Broncos to draft a matchup safety at #28

Happy Monday, friends.  Yesterday, Jeff Legwold wrote a very Legwoldian article.  That is, it made a really obvious point, which is that the Broncos struggled to defend tight ends in the passing game during the 2012 season.

It also made references to what “people in the NFL” think, in sweeping generalities, and really didn’t go very far in suggesting real solutions for how the Broncos could solve the problem in 2013.

That way, if the Broncos draft anybody in the defensive back seven, Jeff will be able to say, see, I told you – they want to defend the TE better.  What would make me laugh (again) would be if the Broncos took somebody that Legwold had never even heard of (again) with their top draft pick.

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Scouting the 2013 Draft: Georgia Nose Tackles

Today, let's look at redshirt junior Kwame Geathers and senior John Jenkins, two linemen who helped the 2012 Georgia Bulldogs rank 18th in the country in points allowed. They’re similar in build, but they’re very different players.

Kwame Geathers

Kwame comes from an NFL family - his father, Robert Sr. was drafted by the Bills, and uncle James ‘Jumpy’ Geathers concluded his 13-year NFL career with a one-season stint in Denver in 1996. He has two brothers, Robert Jr., currently playing for the Bengals, and Clifton, who plays for the Colts.

Who you play next to can make a difference in your stats and in the final ranking that a player achieves, and Geathers greatly benefited from playing next to the more far polished Jenkins. Kwame is 6-5 and 342 lb, while Jenkins is 6-4 and now reportedly weighs a manageable 325-330 lb., after having tipped the scales at 346 lbs. at combine.

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