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.

With this much natural talent, plucking Painter in the sixth round was worth a roll of the dice.

Here is tape of Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas, but you can easily spot Vinston Painter at right tackle (#71):

As advertised, Painter is a great athlete.  Yet the video also shows a really raw prospect (look at the 2:49 mark).  And despite his reputation for strength, I didn't see a lot on the tape that gave me that impression.  It's clear the Broncos drafted him as a developmental project.

His thin frame could easily add more bulk if the Broncos wanted to give him a look at guard.

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

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