Going into the 2013 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos were already one of the best teams in the NFL and had made some of the biggest splashes in free agency. They filled a hole at starting cornerback by signing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to play opposite Champ Bailey, and brought in Wes Welker to take over the slot receiver position. To be frank, Denver didn’t have many needs going into the draft, so they could afford some gambles and luxury picks, and they took a couple of risks. As a whole, I really like the Denver Broncos class of 2013. Here is my reaction, analysis, and some player profiles to go along with each pick.
1. First Round, 28th overall: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
I love this pick for the Broncos. There were a lot of guys on the board that would have made sense to take, but I had Williams as the top graded defensive tackle on the board, and Denver’s depth is hurting at that position. They were able to sign Terrance Knighton to a two-year contract, and they also brought back Kevin Vickerson, but they are continuing to move forward with Derek Wolfe as a LDE which is a bit surprising, so this pick made a lot of sense to me. Williams is a bit older for a rookie, but at 6’3″ 313 pounds, he has excellent quickness and strength, and for as big as he is, he explodes into the backfield. The Broncos and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio had to be drooling at the opportunity to get a guy who can come in and work hard, make their rotation significantly better at DT, and perhaps be a steal at this juncture of the first round. I had Williams going 19th overall in my final mock draft, so getting him nine picks later is a good value. Denver may have stolen one here. Williams has been known as a “lunch pail” type of worker and a guy who plays with a nasty streak. He has an elite swim move in his pass rush arsenal, and plays low. Solid, solid pick for the Broncos.