Broncos 2013 OTA's Day One: Harris, Orton & Osweiler Shine

Wes Welker was amongst the first day highlights at today's OTA's. - USA TODAY Sports

Day one is in the books and there were some surprises of course. Who shined, where were they on the depth chart and what other surprises were there?

The Talk: Willis McGahee and Ryan Clady were not in attendance. Clady has not yet signed his franchise tender and McGahee is exercising the 'volunteer' state of organized team activities. Which according to McGahee's agent, Chafie Fields, is typical of McGahee throughout his career.

The Injured: Chris Kuper, Joe Mays, Knowshon Moreno, Quinton Carter, J.D. Walton and Quanterus Smith were in different stages of participation. Kuper was in sweats far from the activities, while Mays and Moreno were allowed to participate in individual drills, but not in team drills.

The Depth Chart: Ronnie Hillman took snaps at running back with the first team offense. Manny Ramirez was the first team center in Walton's absence and Chris Clark took the first team reps at left tackle in Clady's absence. Nate Iriving was the first team middle linebacker. Montee Ball was the second team running back and Mario Fannin took reps as the third team running back.

The Stand-Outs: Chris Harris, Wes Welker, Greg Orton and Brock Osweiler all earned media praise throughout the time that media was allowed at practice.

Honorable Mentions: Julius Thomas seemed to be a catch all.

Notes: Osweiler earned early call outs from a lot of media members in attendance, as did wide receiver Greg Orton. Predictions throughout the Denver media are that the team will carry four running backs and five wide receivers, though again this is just speculation.

There is still room and eligibility for Orton to make the scout team as a wide receiver. However, in a long history of undrafted rookies becoming standouts for the Denver Broncos, Orton seems to be doing his best to bring the favor back to the offensive side of the ball.

One observation that I want to point out is the size of some of the defensive guys, especially the tackles, Kevin Vickerson looks like a beast.

The Interviews:

Rahim Moore hopefully puts to rest the Baltimore Ravens playoff game.

Champ Bailey hopefully puts to rest the Baltimore Ravens playoff game.

Peyton Manning talks running back and Ronnie Hillman's likelihood to be featured more in the running game.

Wes Welker likes what he sees from this years team.

John Fox sums up day one.

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