After the 2014 NFL draft concluded, the Broncos were quick to add more talent to the roster as priority free agents. These undrafted players are going to get a fair shot to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Broncos have found gems like starting cornerback Chris Harris Jr., reserve strong safety Duke Ihenacho and backup running back C.J. Anderson as undrafted free agents over the last three years.
Here’s a list of the players the Broncos added after the draft:
Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina
Renner is a big pocket passer with enough arm to make all the throws. A labrum injury (non-throwing arm) cut short his senior season, but he turned heads at the Manning Passing Academy last year. He’ll compete with Zac Dysert for the third-string job.
Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Colorado State
A rangy and athletic outside linebacker who works well in blitz packages. Barrett can also keep up with opponents in coverage. He’ll compete for a reserve spot as a strong-side linebacker with guys like Lerentee McCray.
Bennie Fowler, WR, Michigan State
Fowler has a nice size/speed combination, measuring in at 6’1” 217 pounds and running a 4.49 40-yard dash. He can win contested catches because of his strength, but he needs to show better concentration, as dropping wide open passes was an issue. Fowler is looking to impress enough to make the practice squad on what is a deep group of wide receivers.
Isaiah Burse, WR, Fresno State
Burse was incredibly productive in Fresno State’s offense. He caught 100 passes last year for the Bulldogs, and Burse is dangerous after the catch. With his agility and speed, Burse can also contribute as a return man in the pros.
Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
Bibbs was a breakout player for the Rams last year, rushing for 1,741 yards and a staggering 31 touchdowns, which tied for best in the nation. He’s not the biggest or the fastest running back out there, but he’s efficient with his movement and he certainly has a nose for the end zone.
Greg Hardin, WR, North Dakota State
The small school prospect has big-time ability. Like fellow UDFA Isaiah Burse, Hardin was incredibly productive in college with over 200 catches in his career. Hardin’s biggest adjustment will be getting used to the speed of the game at the pro level.
Mister Cobble, DT, Kentucky
This big man has the strength to anchor against the run, and he’s tough to move because of his powerful base. Cobble will also get off the line in a hurry, and he can generate some pressure up the middle because of that.
Juwan Thompson, RB, Duke
Thompson is a big back who gets stronger as the game goes on. His size helps him in short-yardage situations. He’s looking for a spot on the practice squad if he doesn’t win the fourth-string job at running back on the 53-man roster.
Brennan Clay, RB, Oklahoma
The Broncos add another big back here. Clay can effectively run between the tackles, but he also has enough speed to make the corner at the second level of the defense. He’ll compete for the fourth-string job in the running back corps.
Kenny Anunike, DE, Duke
The Broncos get a nice pass-rushing threat here. Anunike can bend around the edge with ease, and he’s got an impressive closing burst. He’s got the raw ability to make the final roster as a part-time pass-rusher.
Steven Clark, P, Auburn
The Broncos add another leg here. Clark is not going to compete for the starting job, as that is locked down by veteran Britton Colquitt.
Greg Latta, DE, Purdue
Latta is going to impress because of his strength and work ethic. He’s not overly athletic, but he plays with a non-stop motor. That’s something defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will appreciate.
Aslam Sterling, OT, Kansas
The Broncos have a tackle-heavy roster at this time. It will be difficult for Sterling to make the final roster because they are so stacked at the position. However, the Broncos have made it a habit of finding UDFAs from Kansas. Both Chris Harris Jr. and Steven Johnson played for the Jayhawks before the Broncos added them as priority free agents.
Jordan Sullen, CB, Tulane
Position versatility is what could help Sullen make the practice squad. He’s a rangy player who can also line up at free safety.
Louis Young, CB, Georgia Tech
Like Sullen, Young can also play more than one position. He’s got the speed to contribute on special teams as well.