Oct 27, 2012; Oxford, OH, USA; Miami Redhawks quarterback Zac Dysert (4) throws a pass during the first quarter of the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Fred Yager Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft, Rounds 4-7: Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos did not have a 4th round pick but still had 4 selections on the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Broncos took an athletic defensive tackle in the first with Sylvester Williams. In the second, Denver took Montee Ball. It isn’t that Ball isn’t a good player, because he is, but Eddie Lacy was still on the board and Ball was used hard in career by Wisconsin. The third round pick by the Broncos was a big reach on Kayvon Webster.

With their first pick of the final day, the 146th overall pick, Denver selected defensive lineman Quanterus Smith from Western Kentucky. Again, this pick seemed a bit of a reach for an undersized lineman (6’5″, 249 pounds) who is recovering from an ACL injury. With their second pick in the 5th round, the Broncos took Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King. This was nice pick. King is an athletic wide out with some talent that could help out the receiving core for Peyton Manning.

In the 6th round, with the 173rd overall pick, Denver chose Virginia Tech Vinston Painter, a versatile but raw offensive tackle who is probably more of a project for the 2013 season. His versatility will probably earn him a spot as a back-up lineman. With their final pick of the draft, the 234th pick of the draft, Denver selected Miami (Ohio) quarterback Zac Dysert. This was a very good pick in the 7th round as there is no pressure for Dysert to succeed immediately and what a way to learn – working with Manning every day. NFL.com had this to say about Dysert:

Dysert reminded scouts a bit of Roethlisberger by displaying toughness and more of a playmaker’s game than pure efficiency during his breakout 2011 season (3,513 passing yards, 65.8 percent completion rate, 23 touchdowns). He does not quite possess the two-time Super Bowl champ’s elite arm and bulk, but still has enough of both – along with the athleticism and deft passing touch to make NFL-caliber plays on the run – to become one of the top passers in the class. His career flew somewhat under the radar in the MAC conference, but has the size, arm, accuracy, athleticism, and production that NFL teams covet.

All and all, it wasn’t a bad draft for the Broncos. I liked the picks of Williams, King and Dysert. Montee Ball was an all right pick – it certainly addressed a major need – I thought there was a better option for the Broncos. Webster, Smith, & Painter could all develop over time to serviceable players. My overall grade for Denver is a B-.

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