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.

See for yourself (go to the :43 mark if you want to get to the first sack):

Not bad for a fifth-round guy--if he heals properly.  

Obviously, the holes in this guy's game prevent him from being an every-down player.  He's light, raw, and has a hard time holding up against the run.

Thankfully, the Broncos don't need him to play against the run.  That's why they have Robert Ayers.  As we've said before, with Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker lighting up the scoreboard, the Broncos defense is going to be in a lot of passing downs.  This is where Smith will pay dividends.

Good recognition by Elway and Co. in getting a player who--if healthy--will help fill any void left by Elvis Dumervil.

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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