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2013 first-round pick Sylvester Williams didn’t do much last year. This year, however, the defensive tackle is ready to break out.
He started down the stretch last year, but only because Kevin Vickerson was injured. This year, though, he has impressed during training camp. He's likely to start in 2014, which is why he is penciled in as a starter on the depth chart.
However, there is intense competition at defensive tackle. Vickerson could start, and Marvin Austin has been phenomenal during training camp, per Scotty Payne of Mile High Report. Williams will be able to secure a starting job in the preseason, when we'll be able to see whether he's truly taken strides from last year.
As for the rest of the draft class, the Broncos have high hopes. Unfortunately, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post, an appendectomy will likely force running back Montee Ball to miss the preseason.
The second-round pick should be ready for Week 1, but he likely won’t play before than. There are other standout players from the 2013 class to look for, though.
According to Sayre Bedinger of Predominantly Orange, cornerback Kayvon Webster has stood out so far. The former third-round pick is competing for snaps in the nickel package, and he's likely to start in the preseason, with rookie Bradley Roby still learning and underrated Chris Harris recovering from injury.
Fifth-round defensive end Quanterus Smith is recovering from an ACL tear, but he has done well and has even received first-team reps. His progress will be worth monitoring, as he could make an impact as a sack specialist and rotational pass-rusher.
Guard Vinston Painter and quarterback Zac Dysert round out the group. Painter didn't play last year, but the raw, athletic lineman could make the team after developing on the practice squad last year.
As for Dysert, it will be interesting to see if he has improved from his rookie season. According to Klis of The Denver Post, Dysert was impressive during the team's summer scrimmage on Saturday.
Most of these players will have some kind of role this season. It should be fascinating to see whether the hype is warranted in the preseason.