Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Will this be a 10th year straight an undrafted (college) free agent makes the Denver Broncos Roster?

Will the variable (or variables) be right for one or more?

Denver Broncos Add CFAs After 2014 NFL Draft

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Gray Caldwell & Stuart Zaas, +CSN Chicago+The Denver Post+BRONCOS CR3W

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A look at the college free agents that the Broncos agreed to terms with after the 2014 NFL Draft.

Kapri Bibbs of Colorado State University races down the field against the University of Nevada at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins on Nov. 9, 2013. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)
After the draft, the +Denver Broncos agreed to terms with 15 undrafted free agents including a defensive tackle named Mister Cobble. The 15 won’t sign until Monday, at which point the Broncos will have to make two roster cuts in order to reach their offseason 90-man roster limit.

The prize of their undrafted class is Fresno State slot receiver/returner Isaiah Burse and Colorado State linebacker Shaquil Barrett. The Broncos also signed Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs and North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner.
+BRONCOS CR3W loves the situation and opportunity that is there if "Bibbs" is up for the taking. Truly believe, it is his if he has what it takes to succeed at a level few can perform at, mentally or physically, let alone both...

Bruce from Fresno State could potentially make an impact as a returner/special teams figure. Like we said, this years rookie class, even into the CFA's is deep and one of the deeper classes in draft history.

Colquitt has a very talented punter coming in to challenge who has been very good at spotting his kicks and placing opponents at the 10 or less with only a few touchbacks.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- After the Broncos selected six players in the 2014 +NFL Draft, the personnel department's work was far from done.

In the few hours following the announcement of Mr. Irrelevant, signifying the end of the draft, the Broncos agreed to terms with 15 college free agents to the roster.

While these players went undrafted, it should be noted that in each of the past nine years, a college free agent has made the Broncos' opening-week roster. Last year that player was running back C.J. Anderson.

There are currently several players on the Broncos' roster that originally entered the league as undrafted free agents. That list includes starters such as tackle Chris Clark, punter Britton Colquitt, cornerback Chris Harris Jr., kicker Matt Prater, safety Duke Ihenacho and wide receiver Wes Welker.

See below for the players the Broncos agreed to terms with as college free agents:

Player: Kenny Anunike
Position: DE
School: +Duke
Notable: Totaled 148 tackles, including 26 for a loss and 15 sacks, in 54 career games for the Blue Devils.

Player: Shaquil Barrett
Position: LB
School: Colorado State
Notable: Totaled 246 tackles, 18 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss in 38 career games for the Rams.

Player: Kapri Bibbs
Position: RB
School: Colorado State
Notable: Tied for No. 1 in the country in rushing and total touchdowns with 31 and ranked sixth with 1,741 rushing yards in his lone season with the Rams in 2013, where he transferred from Front Range Community College via Snow College. Snow College has produced some gems for collegiate football and also produced some NFL talent over the years. Star Lotuleilei from +University of Utah is a recent example.



Player: Isaiah Burse (This guy produced in college fairly well. Good hands, quick, gotta like that it almost subconsciously tells the reader, "Isaac Bruce." Talk about a guy, like Rod Smith, that never really has gotten his due for being such a productive, HOF caliber player, wide receiver. Something to be said of "One Franchise players," too. That why players that are drafted or signed by their original club, the club should be rewarded for having minimal impact on salary cap. Veteran FA's should hit their cap, but if scouting and the organization can make it a success with "homegrown" talent, they should have every opportunity to pay their market value and not suffer for succeeding as a team, player & organization that developed and won alongside one another. #FoodForThought. The mega-rich can't outspend others on caps for FA's is the main purpose for the league. For the players, they get paid market value with original club, Reward them for creating the team, players, success, and chemistry from the "get-go."
Position: WR
School: Fresno State
Notable: Fresno State’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards, Burse caught 209 passes for 2,503 yards with 15 touchdowns and averaged 22.5 yards on kick returns and 11.9 yards on punt returns with a pair of punt-return touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

Player: Steven Clark
Position: P
School: +Auburn
Notable: Named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award after averaging 42.6 yards per punt and only allowing five returns during his senior season in 2013.

Player: Brennan Clay
Position: RB
School: +The University of Oklahoma
Notable: Rushed for 1,913 yards on 379 carries during 46 career games with 13 rushing scores for the Sooners.

Player: Mister Cobble
Position: DT
School: +Kentucky Wildcats
Notable: Made 84 career tackles 35 career games for the Wildcats.

Player: Bennie Fowler
Position: WR
School: +Michigan State
Notable: Caught 93 passes for 1,341 yards and 11 touchdowns in 44 career games for the Spartans.

Player: Greg Hardin
Position: WR
School: +University of North Dakota
Notable: Caught 221 passes for 3,583 yards with 32 touchdowns in 42 career games with North Dakota.

Player: Greg Latta
Position: DE
School: +Purdue
Notable: Made 12 tackles with one sack and one pass breakup in his lone season with the Boilermakers in 2013 after transferring from College of the Desert.

Player: Bryn Renner
Position: QB
School: +North Carolina
Notable: Ranks third in school history with 8,221 passing yards, 668 completions and 1,005 pass attempts during his career with the Tar Heels.

Player: Aslam Sterling
Position: OL
School: +Kansas Jayhawks
Notable: Started 24 games at Kansas after transferring from Nassau Community College, where he started every game during his two years there.

Player: Jordan Sullen
Position: CB
School: +Tulane Green Wave
Notable: Made 96 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss, in 45 career games for the Green Wave.

Player: Juwan Thompson
Position: RB
School: +Duke
Notable: Carried 274 times for 1,251 yards with nine touchdowns in 49 career games with the Blue Devils.

Player: Louis Young
Position: CB
School: +Georgia Tech
Notable: Made 134 tackles with four interceptions and 12 pass breakups in 49 career games with the Yellow Jackets.