Broncos expected to sign at least 11 undrafted free agents
After not using one of their 10 draft picks on an offensive tackle or tight end, the Broncos went to work on both positions during the opening hours of undrafted free agency.
The annual free-for-all produced Illinois State offensive tackle Drew Himmelman and Iowa tight end Shaun Beyer, as confirmed by their college programs and league sources.
By noon Sunday, 11 rookies were expected to sign with the Broncos, including Colorado State receiver Warren Jackson and Air Force guard (and Castle Rock native) Nolan Laufenberg.
General manager George Paton said Saturday night the Broncos “targeted a few (offensive tackles) right before (they were selected). We still feel good about depth.”
At tight end, the Broncos have little depth behind Noah Fant. Albert Okwuegbunam (knee) won’t be full-go when training camp begins and the team either cut or didn’t re-sign Nick Vannett, Jake Butt and Troy Fumagalli.
Here is a rundown of the undrafted rookies:
Shaun Beyer, tight end, Iowa: Fifth-year senior (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) converted from receiver to tight end in 2017. … Former Iowa teammate of Fant and Broncos linebacker Josey Jewell. … Caught 18 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns in 35 games (14 starts). … Ran 40 in 4.80 seconds at Pro Day.
David Curry, linebacker, Georgia Tech: Listed at 6-foot-1, 227 pounds. … Made 240 tackles, 2 interceptions, three forced fumbles and 15 1/2 tackles for lost yardage in 48 games. … Spent six years at Georgia Tech (redshirted in ’15 and medical redshirt for thumb injury in ’17). … Made 181 tackles in last two years.
DeVontres Dukes, receiver, South Florida: Listed at 6-foot-3, 216 pounds. … Ran 40 in 4.78 seconds at Pro Day. … Turns 24 next month. … Caught 32 passes for 400 yards and five touchdowns in 34 games. … Played for three offensive coordinators in five years. … Relative of Reggie Evans, who played 92 games for Nuggets from 2005-07.
Drew Himmelman, offensive tackle, Illinois State: Big rig at 6-foot-9, 323 pounds. … Played four games this spring for Illinois State; season called off March 22 (team health concerns). … Started all 39 games of college career at left tackle. … Spent six years in college (24 years old).
Warren Jackson, receiver, Colorado State: First-team all-Mountain West Conference in 2019 (77 catches-1,119 yards-eight touchdowns). … Opted out of 2020 season. … Caught 124 passes for 1,789 yards and 14 touchdowns in career.
Nolan Laufenberg, guard, Air Force: Castle View High alum. … First-team all-Mountain West in 2019 (12 starts). … Part of line in ’19 that led FBS in fewest sacks allowed (four) and was second in rushing yards (298.5). … Started nine games in ’18.
Branden Mack, receiver, Temple: Ran 40 in 4.64 seconds at 6-foot-5, 217 pounds. … Caught 131 passes for 1,819 yards and 15 touchdowns in 46 games. … Best season was 2019 (59 catches-904 yards-seven touchdowns). … Intercepted 12 passes in high school career.
Mac McCain, cornerback, North Carolina A&T: Had career totals of 130 tackles, eight interceptions and 30 pass break-ups in 29 games (all starts). … Did not play in ’20 when season was postponed. … Ran 40 in 4.45 seconds at Pro Day. … Two-time first-team all-MEAC selection. … Missed last four games of ’18 (torn left ACL) and first three games of ’19 while recovering. … Listed at 5-foot-11, 186 pounds.
Andre Mintze, edge, Vanderbilt: Made 8 1/2 of his 9 1/2 sacks in final two years. … Finished with 76 tackles (18 for lost yardage) in 43 games (18 starts). … Ran 40 in 4.56 seconds at Pro Day. … Two-time team captain.
Adam Prentice, fullback, South Carolina: Spent five years at Colorado State before following coach Mike Bobo to South Carolina as graduate transfer. … Listed at 6-foot, 245 pounds and is 24 years old. … Played 10 games (five starts) for Gamecocks (two catches for 13 yards). … Played in 47 college games. … Missed 2016 season with knee injury.
Curtis Robinson, linebacker, Stanford: Made 144 tackles in 44 games (17 starts). … Had 108 tackles in two years as starter. … Team captain as fifth-year senior. … Listed at 6-foot-3, 236 pounds. … Five-star recruit out of high school and third-ranked inside linebacker nationally.