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Broncos 11 Current O-Linemen

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Tackle Ramon Harewood (330lbs), OL - Ryan Miller (320lbs), & OL - Mike Farrell (303lbs) were added by the Broncos following the close of the regular season. That's some beef right there, but who are they and what did the Bronco FO see in them?

Here's what our roster is listing at the O-line positions:

NAME

HEIGHT

WEIGHT

AGE

EXP

COLLEGE

C #66 Manny Ramirez

6-3

320

31

7

Texas Tech

LT #78 Ryan Clady

6-6

315

27

6

Boise State

G #65 Louis Vasquez

6-5

335

26

5

Texas Tech

T #75 Chris Clark

6-5

305

28

5

Southern Mississippi

T - Ramon Harewood

6-6

330

27

4

Morehouse

T #74 Orlando Franklin

6-7

320

26

3

Miami (Fla.)

OL - Ryan Miller

6-7

320

24

2

Colorado

T #71 Paul Cornick

6-6

310

25

1

North Dakota State

LT - Mike Farrell

6-6

303

24

1

Penn State

G #63 Ben Garland

6-5

308

25

1

Air Force

OL #70 Vinston Painter

6-6

309

24

R

Virginia Tech

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LT - Ramon Harewood 6-6, 330lbs is 27yrs old, was born in Barbados, and is listed as a 4th year player even though he's only played one year. The Baltimore Ravens drafted him in the 6th round (2010), and he sat on their IR list for two strait years having never played a game.

First it was surgery on both knees (2010), then surgery on torn ankle ligaments (2011), but in 2012 he won a starting job at LG (for 5 games), but then lost it later in the year. Then on August 25, 2013, he was waved & wasn't picked up by another team until the Broncos signed him to a futures contract along with seven other players on 01/22/14.

Despite playing little organized football before coming to America, Harewood was a four-year starter on the Morehouse offensive line and recorded nearly 100 pancake blocks in his career.

Harewood was a three-time All-SIAC selection and was selected numerous times as the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week.

He anchored a Morehouse offensive line that finished in the top five of nearly every SIAC statistical category in his four-year tenure.

http://athletics.morehouse.edu/news/

One of the problems I see with Harewood is that he never played in High School, and then went to a small, all male, all black school (Martin Luther Kings alma mater) with just a 2,100 student body.

His Competition wasn't what it could have been at a larger school, and with all the injuries it makes me question his conditioning. Perhaps Luke Richesson's team can get him up to speed.

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Browns selected OL - Ryan Miller with the No. 160 pick (5th round) in the 2012 draft. He played in 8 games his rookie year (no starts), but while practicing 1 on 1 blocking drills was knocked unconscious & rushed to the hospital after leading with his helmet during the exercise. He was waived on 08/27/2013.

T #71 Paul Cornick was added to the PS in December of 2012, after hanging out with the Jets in training camp. Here's what Fox Sports had to say about him.

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Paul Cornick brings some versatility to the table having played tackle and guard, has good length and balance and is a hard worker. He's an effort player who showed the ability to maintain contact up front while in college."

"He is a bit stiff and his height doesn't always help him, as he tends to play high. Some of that is attributed to a back injury, suggesting that it may not be correctable. Cornick also doesn't show great strength or power and is limited athletically, which may relegate him to playing right tackle."

"Realistically, Paul Cornick looks like a project that could grow into a backup right tackle. There's a good chance he becomes a training camp casualty, and his ceiling seems to be as a practice squad member barring injuries during training camp."

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/new_york_jets_sign_offensive_tackle_paul_cornick/11218882

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via www.post-gazette.com Mike Farrell

LT - Mike Farrell is a project (what UCFA O-lineman isn't) with a lot of promise signed 8-10-2013 by the Steelers.

"Steelers developing quick-footed LT from Penn State." http://pennstate.scout.com/

He was released on August 25, 2013 along with ten other players in the Steelers final cuts.

Arrived in State College at just 265 pounds but added weight and finally got his chance to start as a senior, exceeding expectations at both left and right tackle in 2012. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

Most of you know the UCFA, G #63 Ben Garland story. He started out a DE and is being converted to Guard. I wonder how that's going so far. If anyone knows give us a shout in the comments.

OL #70 Vinston Painter was a Broncos sixth round (173rd overall) selection in the 2013 Draft.

From DB.com:

• An offensive tackle who played 32 career games (13 starts) during his collegiate career as one of Virginia Tech's most physically-gifted linemen.

• Opened all 13 games as a senior in 2012 - his first year as a starter - and was recognized as an honorable mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection by the league's coaches.

• Excelled in the weight room during his tenure at Virginia Tech, earning the team's Iron Hokie honor with the team's top bench press (465 pounds) prior to his sophomore season.

There is an interesting article about O-linemen & how different teams drafting philosophies have worked out for them HERE – commenting on the Broncos & others.

Here's an excerpt:

While there is more than one way to build an offensive line, and draft position and cap constraints may shape those philosophies, the consensus is that the biggest requirement is patience.

"I don't think that there is any hard and fast formula because it depends on the guys in the group," said former NFL lineman Ross Tucker, now an analyst for SiriusXM Radio. "Some groups might take five years. Other guys it might take five months. The only thing I do know for sure is the more time a group has together, the better off you're going to be. Period."

The Ravens have used just one first-round draft pick on a lineman since 2008: right tackle Michael Oher in 2009. (There is a great movie made about Ohers' life growing up called "Blind Side") Instead, they have targeted later-round prospects, some of them from smaller schools such as Delaware and Colorado State-Pueblo.

"I'm a big believer that you can draft middle- and late-round picks and even have undrafted free agents on the practice squad for a year or two," Tucker said. "And those guys learn your system, learn your techniques. ... So after a year or two, they're really ready to rock and roll."

While teams such as the Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers have constructed quality offensive lines mostly with later picks and cheaper free agents, other fearsome fivesomes from the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos have been built with at least three first- or second-round picks.

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