Every offseason, veterans suffer injuries and young players emerge as training camp heroes. But it doesn't take an injury for a young player to step up—youngsters have leapfrogged healthy incumbent starters in the past.
The Denver Broncos are no exception.
This summer, many young players will get opportunities to step up and impress Denver's coaching staff. Let's take a look at five that appear to be among the most promising.
Smith's potential to show up big time this summer is off the charts after the 6'5", 250-pound pass rusher recorded 12.5 sacks at Western Kentucky before missing the final two games of the season due to injury. If he can stay healthy, Smith will be a big sleeper to watch in 2013.