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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Vinston Painter with pick #173

It's the sixth round, and this is the second Broncos pick I've not seen in action.  Again, I'm not coming out here and blowing smoke up your collective arses.

What I will say is that Doug has already given us the goods on Painter right here.

Clearly, Painter's performance at the combine caused teams to give him a look:

As expected, Painter put up strong numbers in the workouts. He ran a 4.95-second 40-yard dash, repped 225 pounds 32 times on the bench press and had a 30.5-inch vertical, numbers that put him in the top five among linemen in each category.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Tavarres King with pick #161

This shouldn't take long.  Peyton Manning will be stronger in 2013.  He's going to throw deep more often.  The Broncos need more help stretching the field.  

Outside of Demaryius Thomas, they don't have a lot of vertical separation (I'd argue Eric Decker can do it, but let's save that for another day).

Time to bring in another X wide receiver.  Time to bring in the King--Tavarres King.

King's specialty is getting vertical against SEC competition.  As Ted and I were talking about earlier, the SEC is like the minor leagues for the NFL.

If you can get vertical in the SEC, you can get vertical anywhere.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Quanterus Smith with pick #146

In the fifth round, you're looking for players to fill a specific niche.  Players at this stage are often one-trick ponies.

If that trick is rushing the passer, all the better.  In the case of the Broncos, they may have stolen a real player.

Everybody knows by now that Quanterus Smith was leading the nation in sacks before his knee injury last year.  He was as explosive as they come.  His speed rush off the edge and ability to dip under the tackles will remind you a bit of Von Miller.  And, despite the scouting reports to the contrary, he can use his hands to create some space to manuever.  His three-sack game against Alabama in 2012 was no fluke.

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Broncos take Western Kentucky DE Quanterus Smith at #146

After moving back to #146 from #125, the Broncos chose Western Kentucky pass-rushing end Quanterus Smith as their first of two fifth-round picks on Saturday.

Smith suffered a torn ACL last November, and thus did not perform at the combine or the Hilltoppers' pro day.

In ten games as a senior, Smith racked up 12.5 sacks, which is a Sun Belt Conference single-season record; his 24 sacks at WKU have him tied for the conference's career record. At 1.25 sacks per game, Smith got opposing quarterbacks down at a faster rate than anyone in the country.

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Broncos select South Florida CB Kayvon Webster at #90

For the second time Friday night, the Broncos went with a surprising choice, taking South Florida corner Kayvon Webster with the 28th pick of the third round (90th overall) in the 2013 Draft.

The 5-10, 195-lb. corner ran an impressive 4.41-second forty at the combine, and the Broncos reportedly met with him at the East-West Shrine Game.

Webster joins a crowded cornerback group featuring Champ Bailey, Chris Harris, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tony Carter, Omar Bolden, and Mario Butler.

Updated 11:48am ET

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Kayvon Webster with pick #90

Sometimes you just have to be honest with your readers.

I've never seen Kayvon Webster play--not once.  Not one time.  And when that happens, you'd better not pretend like you know what the hell you're talking about.   We're not that kind of site.

But that's why Al Gore invented video.  So let's get to it--all of us on the fly.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Montee Ball with pick #58

Willis McGahee said it was coming--the Broncos drafting another running back to come in and take his job.

It happened a little earlier than most expected, but McGahee is going to have to fend off the NCAA's all-time leader in rushing TDs, Wisconsin's Montee Ball.

Ball doesn't blow me away--he's not as electric as most NFL running backs.  However, he's a solid runner.  He's quicker than he is fast; further, he's got a nice little jump cut and instincts for daylight.  Clearly, the guy has a feel for the end zone.  Of course, a lot of guys could find the end zone running behind Wisconsin's huge line.  

Ball comes with a lot of wear on the tires.  He plugged away so often in college, one wonders if he's got much left in the tank, even at the age of 22.  During his last two seasons at Wisconsin, Ball has averaged 332 carries.

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Broncos select Wisconsin RB Montee Ball with 58th pick

The Broncos got their back. But it wasn't the guy anyone expected. For months now - ever since Denver lost to Baltimore in the playoffs - we've been reading in the DP that the Broncos wanted a bigger running back.

With the 58th pick in the draft, Denver took 5-11, 214 lb. Badgers running back Montee Ball, who ran an uninspiring 4.66-second 40-yard dash at the combine.

A consensus All-American in each of the past two seasons, Ball's 83 touchdowns from scrimmage are the most in Division I history.

Ball had a monster 2011 season, with 2,229 yards from scrimmage on 331 touches, for an average of 6.73 yards per touch and 39 total touchdowns, and was a Heisman finalist for his efforts.

Updated 11:40am ET

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Live 2013 NFL Draft analysis: Third round

Ted Bartlett evaluates draft-eligible prospects in his spare time, among a number of activities he pursues, including managing an accounting team, golf, studying for the CPA exam, insulting various religious figures in writing, and generally, staying ahead of more than a few curves.  During the 2012 NFL Draft, he wiped the passion off of Jeff Legwold's face by nailing the Derek Wolfe pick, when Jeff had never even heard of him.  Ted also focuses on the NFL's business and legal environment, offensive and defensive schemes, going off on unrelated tangents, and all 32 teams in the NFL. Follow along as he offers his instant analysis of tonight's NFL Draft.

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Live 2013 NFL Draft analysis: Second round

Ted Bartlett evaluates draft-eligible prospects in his spare time, among a number of activities he pursues, including managing an accounting team, golf, studying for the CPA exam, insulting various religious figures in writing, and generally, staying ahead of more than a few curves.  During the 2012 NFL Draft, he wiped the passion off of Jeff Legwold's face by nailing the Derek Wolfe pick, when Jeff had never even heard of him.  Ted also focuses on the NFL's business and legal environment, offensive and defensive schemes, going off on unrelated tangents, and all 32 teams in the NFL. Follow along as he offers his instant analysis of tonight's NFL Draft.

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