The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the Denver Broncos did in this year’s NFL Draft.
- Sylvester Williams, defensive tackle, North Carolina — Round 1 (28)
- Montee Ball, running back, Wisconsin — Round 2 (58)
- Kayvon Webster, cornerback, South Florida — Round 3 (90)
- Quanterus Smith, defensive end, Western Kentucky — Round 5 (146)
- Tavarres King, wide receiver, Georgia — Round 5 (161)
- Vinston Painter, offensive tackle, Virginia Tech — Round 6 (173)
- Zac Dysert, quarterback, Miami (OH) — Round 7 (234)
Best Pick: Zac Dysert
The pick of Sylvester Williams in the first-round was excellent, but the team snagging Zac Dysert in the seventh-round could prove to be the biggest move in this year’s draft for the team moving forward. Dysert has an extremely useful physical skill set and he’s a bright kid that coaches fell in love with during the draft process. If it weren’t for the slow quarterback market in the 2013 NFL Draft, Dysert could have been a third-round pick.
Worst Pick: Montee Ball
The Broncos definitely needed a running back, but there was much better talent available at the position than Ball. They also could have taken a talented cornerback in the second-round or a player like Kawann Short. The Broncos dropped the ball by reaching for… Ball.
Analysis: The Broncos draft started off with an excellent pick and finished with an incredible steal. In the middle, however, there was a lot to be desired. While the team may have addressed needs with a solid group of player, it doesn’t look like they were maximizing their value with each and every pick.
2013 Draft Grade: C